Corporate and Foundation Relations Coordinator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

This is the best time to join Colorado State University. Over the past eight years, CSU has consistently surpassed fundraising records, doubled alumni participation in philanthropy, and closed two of the largest gifts in the university’s history. Soon after exceeding its first campaign goal of $500 million in 2012, CSU embarked on a much more ambitious path: The $1 billion “State Your Purpose – The Campaign for Colorado State University.” To date, CSU has raised more than $760 million, and with three years remaining in the campaign, yet another fundraising record will be set.

Under the leadership of CSU President Tony Frank, campus support for the Division of University Advancement has increased significantly. Faculty engagement in development is at an all-time high and cross-disciplinary fundraising models are emerging across the university. This makes the role and function of University Advancement-Development all the more critical as CSU continues on its path of fundraising excellence.

Division of University Advancement is integral to achieving and sustaining institutional excellence through fundraising and engagement efforts. The Division has one of the leading development teams in the country and places a strong emphasis on professional and personal growth for its employees, including educational opportunities, onboarding and mentoring programs.

Fort Collins is known as “The Choice City” because of its proximity to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, excellent schools, 300+ days of sunshine yearly, thriving arts scene, eclectic shops and restaurants, and miles of walking and biking paths.

Corporate and Foundation Relations: The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) works to facilitate and strengthen corporate and foundation partnerships with Colorado State University. Working hand-in-hand with CSU’s colleges, schools, and centers, CFR represents the university to corporate and foundation constituents, builds mutually beneficial relationships, and promotes CSU’s funding priorities to its external partners. These activities help the university strengthen its academic programs for students, its service to the public, and its position as one of the leading research universities in the world.

Position Summary

The Corporate and Foundation Relations Coordinator is a full time position reporting directly to the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. The Coordinator will support a team currently consisting of the Executive Director, Director of Foundation Relations, Associate Director of Foundation Relations, and Assistant Director of Corporate Relations. The Coordinator will be responsible for the management of 1 to 3 student employees, processing of receipts and travel documents, tracking of grant and gift solicitation cycles, assisting with calendars, development of campus visit agendas, and other duties associated with researching, cultivating, soliciting, and stewardship of corporate and foundation partners.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, business, communications, marketing, etc., or related field
  • Minimum of 1-year experience in a project/office management role.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and expertise in use of English grammar, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Positive, congenial attitude and a proven ability to work successfully with multiple stakeholder groups and diverse populations.
  • Proven familiarity with and demonstrated ability to use appropriate business software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Proven ability to be detail minded and established organizational/task-oriented skills and experience in tracking multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and the ability to anticipate and address upcoming assignments and challenges
  • Proven familiarity with higher education and/or large-scale fundraising organizations.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Business and Program Impact Duty/Responsibility

  • Oversee all internal and external partner stewardship and communication.
  • Prepare/process and route all required gift forms for funds received by the Corporate and Foundation Relations Team.
  • Processes expense receipts and travel reimbursements
  • Coordinate and set up meetings, create briefs for leadership and handle necessary follow up.
  • Compile weekly reports and communicate report findings to the Corporate and Foundation Relations team.
  • Supervise 1-3 student coordinator(s)
  • Create systems to monitor and track workflow
  • Approve all design, writing and communication from and on behalf of the Corporate and Foundation Relations team.

Percentage Of Time 35% Job Duty Category Stakeholder Management and Stewardship Duty/Responsibility

  • Management of all aspects of corporate/foundation campus visits (scheduling and coordinating leadership and faculty; note taking; management of next steps)
  • Prepare background materials (bios, overview reports, etc.) on external stakeholder groups for CSU leadership, faculty, campus staff
  • Prepare background materials (bios, overview reports, etc.) on CSU leadership, faculty, campus for staff external stakeholder groups
  • Assist with researching, cultivating, and soliciting corporate and foundation prospects.
  • Manage stewardship and personalized communication to internal and external partners on behalf of the Corporate and Foundation Relations team.
  • Manage all details associated with on and off-campus corporate events.
  • Facilitate relationships with donors, prospects, and University personnel by fielding contact with the CFR office.
  • Develop briefings for university leadership

Percentage Of Time 35% Job Duty Category Grant/gift and proposal management Duty/Responsibility

  • Track grant and gift solicitation cycles and monitor reporting requirements
  • Assist with researching grant and/or partnership opportunities
  • Compile financial information and background materials on current and prospect corporations and foundations
  • Assist with writing and editing of proposals and grant reports

Percentage Of Time 30%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration all materials must be received by 11:59 pm on September 24, 2017. Prospective candidates should submit materials consisting of (1) a letter of interest responding to each of the qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) addresses and telephone numbers of three individuals, one of whom is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of applicant’s professional abilities. Please demonstrate in your cover letter and resume any and all of the preferred qualifications that you meet. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

A $2,500 moving allowance may be negotiated at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.