Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Chicago,  IL Employment: About: Adler University


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  • Subsidized group health insurance
  • Employer-paid group life, long-term disability and accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Employee-paid dental, vision, and transportation benefits
  • 403(b) savings/retirement plan benefit, with a fully-vested employer matching contribution of up to 5% in the first year. After two years of participation, matching grows by 1% per year, to a limit of 10% employer match. 
  • $1,500 professional development allowance per fiscal year
  • Tuition reimbursement of 50% for coursework related to Adler University employment
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick days

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Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

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Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
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Chicago,  IL
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The Adler School of Professional Psychology, founded in 1952, is the oldest independent school of psychology in North America. The School provides graduate education in psychology and health service delivery with campuses in the heart of downtown Chicago and downtown Vancouver.  Program offerings include an APA-accredited clinical psychology program and five Master’s Degree programs at its Chicago location and a Master of Arts in Counseling at its Vancouver location. The Adler School is committed to continuing the pioneering work of its namesake, Alfred Adler. As part of that commitment, the School graduates socially responsible practitioners, engages in communities, and advances social justice.  


The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for increasing the visibility of the Adler School of Professional Psychology by managing and strengthening the School's relationships with existing and prospective foundation and corporate partners.  This position will build upon existing activity to build an engagement program including components such as volunteering, grant funding, event sponsorship, knowledge sharing, awareness raising and alumni relations. This position will also assist on preparation of governmental/legislative proposals as needed.


The Director will be responsible for developing and managing effective, comprehensive engagement plans with corporations and foundations, including grants submissions, resulting in increased revenues. 

Strategic Planning

  • Develop, with the AVP and VP of OIA, a fiscal year operating plan for corporate and foundation giving to achieve established revenue goals across both Chicago and Vancouver campuses.
  • Design, implement, and manage a comprehensive proactive development strategy focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation relationships by directing and coordinating activities related to obtaining corporate and foundation monetary support.   Plan should cover all aspects of corporate and foundation giving including but not limited to identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts.  Note:  Foundations include private, corporate and family foundations.
Program Management
  • Manage relationships with existing funders and key vendors, engaging other School leadership, staff or volunteers when appropriate.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain stewardship strategies and systems for foundations and corporations who have made a gift to the Adler School.
  • Within the emerging strategic priorities of the Adler School and through regular contact with faculty and program directors, identify areas of activities/needs that might be of interest to foundations or corporations.
  • Identify and initiate opportunities for Adler School leadership and faculty to interact with corporate and foundation leaders, raising awareness of the School and its mission.
  • Leverage a network of key volunteers in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospects.
  • Assist with identification of prospective Adler School Board and Committee members.
  • Research corporate and foundation prospects and provide briefings to the AVP, VP and other key staff as required.
  • Maintain a thorough research program to determine the giving patterns of local, regional and national foundations and corporations, including state and federal competitive grant funding.
  • Attend Adler School / other events as required to represent the School and its mission.
  • Assist with other duties as required.

Grant Funding
  • Collaborate with Adler School Institutes, Centers, faculty and staff to seek and apply for funding.
  • Manage a comprehensive grants calendar, ensuring timely delivery of all LOIs, proposals, and reports.
  • Monitor all awarded grants, ensuring program delivery and appropriate grant expenditure.
  • Build a comprehensive pipeline of funding opportunities, keeping abreast of new funding opportunities.
  • Develop highly competitive proposals for corporate and foundation prospects.  As the primary author and coordinator, the Director is responsible for drafting, editing, gathering components, and submitting all grant requests.
  • Assist with the production and submission of grant proposals to governmental agencies/legislators as needed.
  • Monitor and track all grant activity in Raiser’s Edge.  In coordination with the Manager of Advancement Services, develop, track, and report key measures of progress in all areas of grant activity.

Required Skills
• A bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred; minimum five years demonstrated successful corporate and foundation fundraising experience preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization).
• Evidence of success in grant writing and submission for varied proposal development.
• Experience building a corporate relations program
• Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising, required
• Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations and foundations.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals are essential.
• Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective corporate and foundation donors, and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives
• Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
• Exceptional writing and editing skills.
• Independent worker, self-starter.
• Discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
• Must work well in a team setting and interact well with all types of people, including faculty and external program officers alike, and maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
• Ability to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously and handle tension and stress in a positive manner is required.
• Knowledge of Canadian foundation grant development a plus
• Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge preferred.

Note: Cover letter is required for application.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Adler School of Professional Psychology that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The School does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

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