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Assistant Vice Chancellor for Corporate and Foundation Relations

Boston, MA

Position Summary

The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Corporate and Foundation Relations (C&FR) is a senior level management position within the emerging leadership team in University Advancement and reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate and Foundation Relations. The position will play a key role on the CF&R team, informing strategy and increasing the support that corporations, private foundations and organizations provide to UMass Boston. The main thrust of this position is to bolster the relationships with, and proposals for funding to, major corporations and foundations. This dynamic candidate will work closely with deans, department chairs, key research faculty, and leaders of Centers and Institutes on the development of creative and formal proposals to garner operating support and/or endowment gifts to establish scholarships, stipends for graduate research, and faculty support, among other areas. Additional interactions for the AVC for CF&R include working with our design and proposal developer to help complete polished proposals at the six-figure-plus level and above.


· Serve as a lead colleague who develops relationships with, and then crafts and advances enticing and impactful proposal to, major corporations and foundations, while working closely with university leaders and key faculty to develop interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches;

· Focus attention on campus-wide goals and the Chancellor’s newly-developing strategic plan in order to drive successful proposals to address these university priorities;

· Work closely with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate and Foundation Relations to develop and execute Corporate and Foundation fundraising plan, one that may lead into a nine-figure comprehensive campaign;

· Supervise the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations as well as oversee 1-3 work-study students;

· Serve as University Advancement’s liaison to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) to insure collaboration and real partnership in key areas including RFP notifications, limited submission coordination, proposal development and gift/grant tracking; and

· Act as a mentor and a co-solicitor in partnership with the university’s centers and institutes.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s Degree is preferred. The candidate must have minimum of 10 years of demonstrated progressive experience in a fundraising environment with a proven ability to engage donors, foundations, corporations and/or government grant organizations through enticing proposals that secure six figure-plus commitments within a public or private higher education institution or nonprofit environment.

It is also expected that the AVC for CF&R will have a thorough understanding of and experience in comprehensive campaigning from organizations at the $100 million-plus level. Additional requirements and/or expectations are:

· Ability to discover corporate and foundation funding opportunities, develop relationships with those organizations as well as with key colleagues on the UMass Boston campus, and turn those potential funding ideas into polished and successful proposals that garner philanthropic support;

· Demonstrative success in uniting disparate university voices from schools and colleges, programs, centers and/or institutes into interdisciplinary ideas that elevate smaller proposals into larger and more comprehensive levels of impact and support;

· Ability to drive elevated solicitation strategies while adhering to sound processes and procedures in order to formulate and achieve performance metrics with measurable impact in multiple areas in an overall high performing development shop;

· A clear understanding of modern university campaigning at the nine-figure-plus level and demonstrated success in helping close mid-six-figure level gifts that bolster a comprehensive campaign;

· Ability to perform well under pressure, and adept to change in a fast-paced environment;

· State-of-the-art oral and written communication skills as well some proposal design work;

· Comfortable with delivering time-sensitive projects; and,

· Out-of-state travel to major cities where needed.


The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Corporate and Foundation Relations will report directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Supervision Exercised

The AVC will supervise 1 Full-time employee and up to 3 student employees.

EEO Statement

The University of Massachusetts Boston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories.

Interested Candidates or Nominations should send resume and cover letter to:

Maureen Pena/Talent Acquisition Consultant

The Pena Network/

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