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Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Grants

Wesleyan University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 27, 2023

Job Details

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details
Wesleyan University is a highly selective private, coeducational, non-sectarian school of liberal arts and sciences offering undergraduate, graduate and PhD degree programs. The student body is comprised of about 3,200 full-time undergraduates, 140 graduate students in the natural sciences, mathematics and ethnomusicology, and 60 students pursuing the Graduate Liberal Studies degree. Over 430 faculty members all teach undergraduates while remaining active as scholars and researchers.
Advancement supports the mission of Wesleyan University by engaging with donors, alumni and external constituencies, soliciting philanthropic giving, and stewarding gifts and grants for both the annual fund and our endowment.

The Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants supports the mission of Advancement by securing grant funds from private foundations, government agencies and corporations for institutional priorities; promoting and facilitating faculty seeking external support for research grants and fellowships; and collaborating with Principal Investigators (PIs) to meet grant reporting requirements.

Reporting to the Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants, the main priority for the Associate Director is to facilitate grant proposal submissions by faculty PIs; prepare and submit proposals to public and private funders for University priorities; prepare and submit grant reports; and respond to faculty and staff grant-related requests for information and assistance. This position requires frequent communication and interaction with University colleagues in Academic Affairs, Finance, Institutional Research, Human Resources, and others across campus.

Increasing external funding to Wesleyan: (80%)
  • Identify prospective funding sources and maintain relationships with prospective and current grantors and program officers.
  • Develop and implement strategies to encourage faculty grant activity.
  • Disseminate grant opportunities to faculty and staff, provide individualized support to faculty and staff on all aspects of grant seeking, including proposal and budget development.
  • Design and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies for private and public funding organizations for University priority needs.
  • Draft grant proposals, grant budgets, narrative and financial reports on use of grant funds.
  • Understand federal and state regulations with respect to grant funding and communicate updates to relevant faculty and staff.
  • Connect senior leadership with private funders to align engagement, giving and stewardship.
  • Work with alumni, parents, trustees and other volunteers to further the goals of the office.

Administrative Duties: (20%)
  • Maintain and update software systems used for grant and fundraising research and documentation.
  • Maintain accurate and timely metrics on grant activity, communication with faculty, and other data as needed.
  • Support the Office of Advancement and University goals as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years’ experience in sponsored research, corporate and foundation relations, or related work with successful grant track record, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Proven ability to collaborate with others to facilitate external funding and reporting. Demonstrated knowledge of metrics and ability to track, report, and analyze data. Competence in using federal funding grant portals (e.g.,, ASSIST ) or the equivalent. Competence in identifying potential sources of support from funding databases or external resources. Demonstrated experience building professional networks. Excellent communication and writing skills. Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks in a professional and timely manner. Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact professionally with individuals of different backgrounds. MS Word, Excel and Outlook skills.
Preferred Qualifications
Knowledge and understanding of private philanthropy and public funding. Experience with fundraising and/or financial management systems. Proven ability to facilitate grant seeking from federal funders. Experience with IRB , IACUC , OMB Circulars and other federal policy documents and processes.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Position is open until filled. For full consideration please apply by November 17, 2023 when first review of applications will begin.
Additional Information
All offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of apre-employment background check screeningto the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s Clery Act Report are available on request and online at


Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. 

Our student body of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students is housed on a beautiful 316-acre historic New England campus that offers the comfort of an intimate and collaborative learning environment supported by renowned faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and unique research opportunities.

With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.

At Wesleyan, we are all educators. We welcome your interest in Wesleyan's diverse, energetic community of employees who, by their creativity, innovative thinking, and generosity of spirit, help make Wesleyan a great place to work. In this energetic and inclusive community, our talented faculty and staff foster a liberal arts educational experience characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. Genuinely open-minded, intellectually curious, and mission-driven, our employees invest their impressive talents in fulfilling careers.

Wesleyan offers a broad range of growth and wellness opportunities—comprehensive health benefitsfitness incentives, generous paid time offretirement plansflexible work schedules, and educational benefits, including free employee access to Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies program and undergraduate tuition reimbursement for dependents of eligible employees. Benefits-at-a-Glance

Campus life affords employees countless opportunities to experience general-interest, academic, artistic, and athletic events. Our location in scenic central Connecticut provides easy access to Boston, New York, and the many other exciting and culturally rich destinations of New England. Few workplaces are like Wesleyan, and we welcome your interest in learning more about us.

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