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Corporate and Foundation Relations Director

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York City, New York (US)
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Apr 10, 2024

JOB TITLE: Corporate and Foundation Relations Director

JOB ID:     28044

LOCATION: John Jay College





John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. John Jay is laser-focused on fueling the success of our exceptional student scholars pursuing a justice-focused education. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students, nearly fifty percent of whom are first in their family to attend college, and many of them are immigrants or children of immigrants. 

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY and offers bachelor's and master's degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in a multicultural academic environment and are committed to cementing our culture of pride, distinction, and excellence. 


On behalf of the John Jay College Foundation, Inc., the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) secures sustainable philanthropy, builds transformational relationships, and advances powering partnerships in alignment with John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s mission, vision, and values. Anchored in a People-First culture, the OIA is a team-oriented division that upholds collaboration, invests in each other’s successes, and cements the College’s identity, innovation, and impact through private support. A key element in this purposeful work is promoting Community Success—an unwavering commitment to student success, faculty advancement, and staff support. As an integral part of this extraordinary higher education enterprise, OIA raises vital funds and resources that fuel the achievements of students and support the holistic success of our vibrant academic community.

Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations (DFCR), will inspire the Foundation and Corporate Relations team with visionary leadership, create a comprehensive program to secure transformational support for the College’s top priorities, and develop strategy plan for a robust pipeline of donors and prospects. Our Foundation and Corporate Relations area represents the largest current funding source within the John Jay College Foundation, Inc., and, therefore, it is a significant opportunity for growth. With currently two direct reports, the DFCR will lead, guide, and partner with the Associate Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations (ADFCR) and Grants Writer/Administrator to build philanthropic relationships and implement a strategic and tactical plan to successfully identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors/prospects and compellingly report on contributions. The DFCR will manage a portfolio of local and national corporations, foundations, and government agencies that have the capacity, affinity, and inclination to support the College. Equally important, the DFCR will serve as a subject matter expert on foundation and corporate relations, implement national trends as appropriate, and regularly partner with campus departments/units to further cement a culture of philanthropy, ensure grants compliance, and accelerate the success of priorities and student learning communities through fiscal sustainability. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop a comprehensive program and plan with tactics, key performance indicators, and metrics to build transformational relationships that result in transformational giving
  • Serve as a visionary leader in overseeing this area’s primary functions of cultivation, concept and proposal development, solicitation, stewardship, reporting and grants/gifts compliance—in consultation with the Vice President of Institutional Advancement
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward existing donors and prospects from foundation, corporate, and government funding sources to fuel the College’s mission, vision, values, and top priorities of student success and faculty advancement
  • Oversee a portfolio of donors and prospects and secure major gifts starting at a minimum of $100,000 through the development of compelling proposals, letters of inquiries, and applications
  • Develop briefings and materials for donor and/or prospect meetings
  • Serve as the Foundation and Corporate Relations chief collaborator across the College to advise faculty, administrative leaders, and programmatic staff on philanthropic opportunities and successful implementation of grants/gifts
  • Serve as an expert in philanthropic trends and best practices for Foundation and Corporate Relations
  • Supervise staff and provide motivational leadership, coaching, and mentoring
  • Meet individual and team annual fundraising goals and track fundraising activity in Raiser’s Edge

Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work in the office, and this position is based in New York, NY.

Qualification Requirements

Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience required.


  • Demonstrate successful foundation fundraising experience, preferably in a complex organization.
  • Track record of success in building relationships with funding partners.
  • Exhibit success in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in foundation fundraising.
  • Showcase ability in the identification and qualification of foundation and corporate prospects, including the methods and best practices for obtaining information about their giving programs.
  • Demonstrate success in developing and writing proposals inclusive of budgets for foundation and corporate prospects.
  • Knowledge of corporate fundraising, including corporate foundation fundraising and sponsorships and partnerships.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication ability, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite and Constituent Management Database


  • Directs College corporate and foundation relations strategy and operations.
  • Designs, develops and oversees strategic program to secure corporate and foundation funding for various College initiatives
  • Responsible for meeting specific goals and targets
  • Develops funding strategies, assesses outcome of strategic plan, and refines approaches to meet priority objectives
  • Oversees a portfolio of corporate and foundation donors to establish and sustain ongoing relations; cultivates new prospects
  • Maintains relationships with sponsoring organizations to promote and maintain funding
  • Ensures reporting requirements are completed in timely and accurate manner
  • May develop proposals for institutional, academic, and arts grants
  • Manages professional and clerical staff
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

    Job Title Name: Development Corporate and Foundation Relations Director


Higher Education Officer




$115,333 - 124,565

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development.  We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.  Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

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