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Adler, Graduation

The Adler School:
Leading Social Change.

Why join the Adler School?

  • 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 School employment
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick days

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Job Description

Job Title Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Job ID 696304
Location Chicago,  IL 60602
Other Location
Description 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.  

 
Position Summary:

The Director of Corporate and Foundations Relations is responsible for increasing the visibility of the Adler School of Professional Psychology by managing the School's relationships with private foundations, corporations, corporate foundations, and government agencies. The Director is actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with private and public sectors, as well as other key communities that will result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the School.
 
 
 
Responsibilities:
 
The position provides the expertise to advance Adler School's interests by researching, identifying, and soliciting sources of private and public support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on giving guidelines and interests, and by maintaining strong communication ties with corporate and foundation donors and prospects, as well as government agencies. Additionally, the Director is a key advisor in recommending strategies to ensure that the School's faculty and program directors are successful in pursuing and securing governmental grants for special projects as appropriate.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Strategic Planning. 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.
  2. Proposal Development. Develop highly competitive proposals for corporate and foundation prospects and leverage diverse corporate and foundation goals and interests in conjunction with School goals. As the primary author and coordinator, the Director is responsible for drafting, editing, gathering components, and submitting all grant requests. The Director also assists the Vice President for Institutional Advancement with the production and submission of grant proposals to governmental agencies for funding for specific projects.
  3. Program Management. Lead and provide day-to-day management of a comprehensive grants program, including but not limited to:
    1. Create and maintain an annual operations plan with measurable program goals, individual prospect funding goals, and a
    2. comprehensive grants calendar;
    3. Develop, track, and report key measures of progress in all areas of grant activity;
    4. 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;
    5. Leverage a network of key volunteers in cultivating and soliciting prospects;
    6. Make initial, exploratory or solicitation contacts for the President, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, appropriate faculty and program directors;
    7. Initiate appropriate inter-institution collaboration, as appropriate, with faculty, administrators, and program directors, to support the researching, planning, outlining, drafting and /or editing of grant proposals;
    8. Initiate opportunities for faculty, administrators, and program directors to interact with corporate and foundation prospects and interpret corporate and foundation interests to Adler School; and
    9. Develop, implement, and maintain stewardship strategies and systems for foundations and corporations who have made a gift to the Adler School
  4. Research and Tracking. 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. Identify emerging business leaderships and industry trends with a special emphasis on developing high value exchange corporate alliances to solicit philanthropic commitments to support the mission and goals of the Adler School.
  5. Relationship Building. The Director is responsible for being the School’s principal relationship manager with program officers at foundations and in corporate giving programs. The Director is the School’s primary contact with foundations and corporations and shall engage other School leadership, staff or volunteers when appropriate. S/He shall represent the School at on and off-campus meetings and functions. S/He shall develop and maintain an active list of contacts in order to interact with external sources for the procurement of grants and gifts constituencies, including alumni, trustees, and other key volunteers.
  6. Communication. The Director is responsible for timely submission of all grant and government contract reports as indicated in grant awards.  S/He is advisor to faculty, administrators, and staff about the trends and areas of interest of private and public grant funding sources (e.g., foundations, corporations, government agencies).
  7. General Functions. Assist with development functions, such as screening sessions, presidential briefings, committee meetings and volunteer activities as needed and necessary; occasional travel required.
  
 
Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred; minimum three to 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, including federal grants.
  • 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 in order to develop professional reports, strategic plans and correspondence.
  • Independent worker; self-starter; self-initiator; self-manager.
  • 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.



 
 
 
Required Skills Qualifications:
• A bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred; minimum three to 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, including federal grants.
• 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 in order to develop professional reports, strategic plans and correspondence.
• Independent worker; self-starter; self-initiator; self-manager.
• 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.


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.