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Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Providence, RI
Full-time

Position Overview

The Executive Director leads a comprehensive program engaging corporate and foundation prospective donors. The individual forges relationships and collaborates with members of the Institutional Engagement team, such as Alumni + Family Relations, Advancement Services, and Donor Relations; and with administrative and academic department leaders. The Executive Director actively establishes long-term relationships and strengthens existing relationships with the corporate and foundation community that will result in funding for institutional priorities and initiatives, and opportunities that support student and faculty development. The individual develops and implements a comprehensive multi-year plan and timeline with clear goals, and metrics for program and personal productivity. The Executive Director provides expertise to advance institutional interests by researching and identifying sources of support, generating proposals based upon corporate and foundation guidelines as sole author and/or collaborator with other RISD faculty and staff. The Executive Director maintains a personal portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects, conducts personal visits, solicits and secures major and principal gifts, grants, and gifts-in-kind. The individual serves as liaison with other offices concerning corporate and foundation relations.

The successful candidate will demonstratea proven ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of divisional and institutional colleagues, within an environment that values diversity as defined by, race, color, religion, age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Responsibilities

· Plan and execute a corporate and foundation philanthropy program, establishing strategies to engage and encourage support from regional, national and global foundations, private and publicly-traded companies and their community relations departments and/or foundations.

· Set annual and campaign dollar goals to meet or exceed them while monitoring progress on an ongoing basis.

· Identify emerging business leadership and industry trends with special emphasis on developing high value- exchange corporate alliances.

· Identify, evaluate, cultivate, and solicit, gifts of $100,000 or more.

· Work closely with major gift officers, Alumni + Family Relations staff, and other representatives to identify key alumni and parents in leadership and/or ownership positions within corporations and foundations that might champion funding in support of RISD within their organizations.

· Partner with major gift officers on prospective alumni and parents with private company and family foundations to leverage the largest gift commitments for RISD.

· Accompany major gift officers and/or volunteers on cultivation, solicitation or stewardship visits, in addition to maintaining own active visit schedule.

· Serve as key RISD liaison for corporate philanthropic partners with multiple points of interest at RISD. Lead cultivation strategy and execution, support goals and metrics of RISD partner departments.

· Establish connections with foundation representatives through outreach and visits. Work independently and with RISD partners to develop and submit proposals and grant applications mapping to foundation interests and RISD institutional priorities.

· Develop strong working relationships with deans, department heads, and faculty in prospective donor relationship development and solicitation. Serve as an advisor, author and/or collaborator on the generation of funding proposals, stewardship and grant funder reports.

· Maintain a rigorous schedule of personal visits (at least 75 annually) with corporate and foundation representatives, creating moves management plans related to them that include strategies of engagement and solicitations, as well as those conducted by the Vice President, Institutional Engagement and/or President with executives of these organizations.

· In partnership with the Donor Relations Office, develop and maintain high quality stewardship reporting for corporate and foundation donors. Ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships by maintaining detailed records of solicitation activities.

· Record and track non-gift income (e.g. sponsored research, internships, etc.) generated as a result of personal outreach efforts.

· Track corporate and foundation donors and prospective donors and develop management reports using Raiser’s Edge

· Coordinate prospect research/donor research efforts with Advancement Services to ensure that accurate, current information is available on corporations and foundation including, but not limited to: development and management of program budgets and projections; submission of proposals and grant requests; donor stewardship and outcomes reporting.

Work collaboratively and synergistically with peers on the Institutional Engagement Senior Management Group (SMG) including: Senior Executive Director of Development; Executive Director of Alumni + Family Relations; Executive Director of Advancement Services; and Executive Director of Campaign Planning + Strategy to achieve organizational goals and strategies.

SECTION 4: ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS:

· Perform related duties as requested.

· Work collaboratively with other members of Institutional Engagement to support department initiatives, plans, and projects.

· Serve as a representative of Institutional Engagement with other campus partners.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required. Master’s degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred. Ten years+ of corporate, foundation or fundraising experience devising and managing corporate and/or foundation philanthropy programs, preferably in higher education. Proven ability to manage complex organizational relationships and work effectively with executive leadership. Program strategy development and execution experience. Individual and team success in securing and maintaining 7-figure+ accounts and/or philanthropy. Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to write and present persuasively. Strong organizational skills working in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated effectiveness in outreach to volunteers and other fundraising partners. Interest/experience in art and design desirable.Proven ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of divisional and institutional colleagues, within an environment that values diversity as defined by, race, color, religion, age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MENTAL DEMANDS:

Ability to read and comprehend detailed documents and instruments and to perform detailed work using reasoning and problem-solving skills. Excellent oral and written communications and organizational abilities. Must be able to deal with confidential data. Excellent interpersonal skills. Capacity to keep up with current trends and training in this field. Ability to understand and work in diverse and foreign cultures.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The job involves all of the following in various degrees, but no limited to only these physical demands: carrying, lifting, seeing, hearing sitting, attendance, speaking, writing, high energy level. Incumbent may be required to operate an automobile, travel by airplane or train.

SUPERVISION AND SCHEDULING DEMANDS:

Full-time, administrative position. Work hours are not confined to weekdays but may also include evenings and weekends. National and international travel required.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

The job involves exposure to the following in various degrees but is not limited to only these environmental conditions: general works in an office setting, however may be subject to art and design material and elements.

EQUIPMENT:

Some of the equipment used to perform this job include: computer, word processor, internet access, television, video, videoconferencing, telephone, copier, printer and fax machine.

ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IN NO WAY STATES OR IMPLIES THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY DUTIES TO BE PERFORMED BY THE EMPLOYEE OCCUPYING THIS POSITION. EMPLOYEES WLL BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM OTHER JOB-RELATED DUTIES REQUIRED BY THEIR SUPERVISOR.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter explaining how the applicant meets the qualifications specified in this announcement may be submitted to penanetwork@gmail.com, attention Maureen Pena.

Visit the Rhode Island School of Design website at: www.risd.edu

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in leadership and higher education has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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