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Exec Dir of Institutional Relations (Remote)

Drew University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 16, 2022

Drew University is seeking an Executive Director of Institutional Relations in the Office of University Advancement. Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Executive Director provides strategic and experienced leadership in foundation, corporate, and government relations. Seasoned thought leader who is responsible for researching, identifying, evaluating, cultivating, and soliciting support for institutional priorities and academic programFocuses primarily on foundation research and grant writing, but oversees government and corporate grants as well. . Works closely with faculty and senior University officials to fulfill funding needs; assists faculty and staff in identifying opportunities and preparing requests from inquiry through post-award phases; writes project-based concept papers; as required, assists in implementing complex grants and programs; and oversees reporting requirements and budget management for current awards. Serves as front-facing University representative to current and prospective funders on a national basis. This is a full-time remote position, with occasional travel for meetings.

Key Responsibilities:
  • With input from deans, faculty, and other University staff, write letters of inquiry, concept papers, grant proposals, and related correspondence, and assist in the development of project budgets for foundation, government, and corporate solicitations.

  • Develop strategies for the stewardship of existing grants, and work closely with faculty, deans, and finance staff on the management of the post-award phase, including the implementation of complex grants and programs. Maintain deadlines calendar and reporting requirements on current awards. Oversee tracking and data entry of all activities.

  • Research and identify prospects. Develop and implement strategies for their cultivation and solicitation. Keep abreast of funder interests and priorities as well as overall funding trends.

  • Collaborate with deans, faculty, and other University officials to develop funding ideas, establish funding priorities, and identify and cultivate new sources of institutional support for academic programs.

  • Coordinate and participate in both on- and off-site visits with current and prospective foundation, corporate, and government funders. Conduct appropriate follow-up and determine next steps.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the VP for University Advancement.

Minimum Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience.

  • 8+ years of experience in foundation, government, and corporate relations.

  • Experience working in Higher Education

  • Experience collaborating with faculty and the provost’s office.

  • Experience in a fast-paced, detail-oriented office setting

  • Superb organization and project management skills

  • Track record of confidentiality and discretion

  • Strong interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Must be an active listener and open-minded collaborator

  • Must possess a growth and entrepreneurial mindset with a nimble and flexible attitude

  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a remote, team-focused, environment

    Ideal Education and Experience

  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and Banner and ability to become quickly proficient in a new CRM

How to Apply

To apply, submit the following materials.
  • Cover letter - required

  • CV/Resume - required

  • Contact Information of 3 professional references

Application review will be on a rolling basis as applications are submitted; early applications are encouraged.

About Drew University:

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City.

It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 148 full-time faculty members, 99% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees, and the College confers BA and BS degrees in over 50 disciplines, and offers 16 pre-professional and 16 dual-degree programs.

Drew’s one-of-a-kind, leading edge path to an undergraduate degree, Launch, ensures that every student graduates with a purpose, sought-after transferable skills, a network of mentors, and an experience-based résumé—guaranteed. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as New York City semesters focusing on Communications & Media, Contemporary Art, Museums & Cultural Management, New York Theatre, Social Entrepreneurship, Wall Street, and the United Nations, and several international semester programs.

Drew also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Following federal and state requirements; a candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States if selected for hire.

These positions are subject to a background check.

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