founded in 1831, is a diverse,
energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and
practical idealism go hand in hand.
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 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
Increasing external funding to Wesleyan:
Administrative Duties: (20%)
- Identify prospective funding sources and maintain relationships
with prospective and current grantors and program officers.
- Develop and implement strategies to encourage faculty grant
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Other duties as assigned.
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.
Grants.gov, Research.gov, 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
MS Word, Excel and Outlook skills.
Knowledge and understanding of private philanthropy and public
Experience with fundraising and/or financial management
Proven ability to facilitate grant seeking from federal
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
All offers to external applicants are contingent on the
candidate’s completion of apre-employment
background check screening
to the satisfaction of
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