Corporate Strategy Officer

Connecticut, United States
20 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

University Job Title: Development Officer - Corp & Foundation Relations
Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Regular
Compensation Grade: development
Compensation Grade Profile: Development Officer (Ungraded)
Work Location: Central Campus
Worksite Address: 157 Church Street New Haven, CT 06510
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Development
Total # of hours to be worked: 37.5

Position Focus:

The Corporate Strategy Officer is a partner in launching the newly established Corporate Strategy & Engagement team and in distinguishing Yale as a leading institution for corporate collaborations. Reporting to the University Director for Corporate Strategy & Engagement, the successful candidate will manage and lead a portfolio of corporate prospects with the intent of building mutually beneficial relationships with Yale and exploring potential collaboration and financial support for the University. This position plans and executes strategic activities in order to increase major corporate support for Yale priorities; and works to ensure that corporate approaches, from identification to cultivation to solicitation to negotiation through stewardship, are highly strategic and coordinated. The Corporate Strategy Officer meets regularly with department chairs, research group leaders, and program leaders to stay informed of current institutional priorities. The successful candidate will analyze these priorities and corporate needs to form strategies to integrate corporate partners. This position organizes and convenes appropriate workshops for faculty and staff on industry trends, corporate strategies, and academic/industry engagement models in collaboration with colleagues in Corporate & Foundation Relations, Sponsored Programs, and Technology Transfer. This position creates signature experiences to welcome global executives and scientists to campus and develops communication and reporting strategies that promote a seamless enterprise across multiple academic and administrative teams across campus. The successful candidate will leverage best-in-class models and policies that contribute to effective industry-focused research administration processes. A collaborative work style is essential. The successful candidate will demonstrate flexibility in adapting to shifting institutional priorities and a tolerance for ambiguity.
The following Essential Duties are generic in nature; applicants will find the information in this Position Focus most relevant.

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Essential Duties

  1. Develops cultivation and solicitation strategies for new and previously identified corporate and foundation prospects.
  2. Build productive relationships with faculty and other University staff to successfully identify opportunities for corporate and foundation philanthropic support for institutional priorities.
  3. Identifies, cultivates, and maintains long-term relationships with local and national corporations and foundations.
  4. Plans and implements all development activities concerning identified prospects. Ensures effective and efficient use of administrator and faculty time.
  5. Establishes working relationships with development colleagues and other University offices. Understands the roles and responsibilities of their offices and coordinates the activities of the different offices to facilitate the establishment of relationships with corporations and foundations.
  6. Prepares documents such as budgets, scientific work plans, research proposals and term sheets, ensuring that the documents align with the policies and procedures set by the University.
  7. Participates in the identification of funding opportunities provided by private foundations to bring key, high priority initiatives to the attention of administrators and other leaders.
  8. Travels to meet prospects for the purpose of effective, coordinated and efficient cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  9. Monitors and evaluates progress toward goals, provides statistical reports, on an ongoing basis and as requested, and suggests appropriate research for individuals and groups, corporations and foundation prospects. Prepares acknowledgments for all gifts received.
  10. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and two years of experience in fundraising or a related field, preferably in higher education or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to corporations’ culture and priorities and well-developed communication skills, professionalism, maturity and good judgement. Demonstrated experience making presentations to individuals and organizations and writing proposals suitable for a corporate audience.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Deep understanding of research in academic and/or industry settings and knowledge of university organization and academic administrative policies and procedures.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to facilitate team efforts in meeting deadlines and goals; ability to build relationships with diverse constituents to achieve desired outcomes.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Experience applying various techniques and methodologies that support corporate relationship building, including prospect identification and qualification as well as cultivation, solicitation, negotiation and stewardship.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to gain confidence and work regularly and effectively with academic and administrative colleagues and faculty. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Ph.D. or Master’s degree in business administration, public relations, engineering, science or related field. Six plus years’ experience in higher education corporate relations, technology transfer or technical industry-related field. Title will be commensurate with education and experience.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Valid driver’s license.

Weekend Hours Required? Occasional
Evening Hours Required?  Occasional
Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a DMV check and a valid driver’s license.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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