Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Engagement


Develop and implement a comprehensive Corporate and Foundation Engagement program. The primary focus will be to secure major gift commitments through strategic partnerships with corporations and foundations to support University priorities.


The following duties reflect management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

  1. Develop and establish priorities and procedures to ensure the success and smooth administration of a Corporate & Foundation Engagement Program.
  2. Systematically lead identification, strategy and solicitation activities for leading foundations and corporations that will bring significant resources in support of needs outlined in a strategic plan.
  3. Develop written proposals for corporate, foundation and select government prospects to support University priority goals.
  4. Facilitate strategic relationships between senior leaders and institutional giving prospects.
  5. Coordinate with faculty, staff, administrators, and advancement staff. Maintain a strong working relationship with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to maximize foundation funding. Strategize on relationships that key internal partners have with corporations and foundations.
  6. Steward public, foundation and corporate donors, recognizing them for their contributions and positioning the University of Toledo to secure additional philanthropic support.
  7. Develop and implement marketing strategies to promote corporate/foundation giving opportunities.
  8. Educate senior administrators and faculty about public, corporate and foundation fundraising strategies and best practices.
  9. Assess the program and conduct benchmarking with peer and aspirant institutions; formulate short-term and long-range plans to strategically enhance and strengthen fundraising efforts.
  10. Strategically link institution and programmatic initiatives with opportunities for fundraising.
  11. Establish mutually agreed upon goals for number of visits and proposals.
  12. Work in conjunction with alumni to engage alumni and parents who have established relationships with leading corporations and foundations.



  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or CFRE preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years professional fundraising experience required.
  • Experience in higher education fundraising preferred.
  • Demonstrated writing and research skills.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the foundation and corporate sectors, and local, state, and national sources to secure funding
  • Strong ability to articulate vision and mission to these diverse constituencies and develop presentation materials, proposals, budgets, and other correspondence that support this effort
  • Ability to assess philanthropic capacity of prospects and identify campus priorities most likely to attract substantial support
  • Ambition to build and maintain effective partnerships at all levels of internal and external constituencies
  • Demonstrated aptitude to thrive in a complex and dynamic environment, managing sometimes conflicting priorities and coordinating multiple tasks
  • A self-starter who uses an entrepreneurial approach to building and guiding an advancement program and who has the ability to reach out to a broader community to promote the mission of an institution
  • A problem solver who can anticipate challenges and obstacles and has the intelligence, creativity, and tenacity to execute solutions efficiently and effectively


  • Meet yearly goals for proposals and funds raised.
  • Consistently demonstrate the mission, vision and values of UTF and the University. Our RITE Values – Respect, Integrity, Transparency & Teamwork, and Excellence
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Initiative, enthusiasm, and the ability to establish trust and credibility.
  • Commitment and ability to:
  • Provide quality customer service.
  • Plan, organize and remain accountable for actions.
  • Think critically to solve problems
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Work collaboratively with other staff.


The University of Toledo Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The University of Toledo Foundation does not discriminate in employment or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, disability, familial status, or political affiliation. The Foundation is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages application from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals and covered veterans.  The Foundation provides reasonable accommodations to individual with disabilities. If you require accommodations to complete this application, or for testing or interviewing, please contact the Human Resources Department at (419) 530-7730 between the hours of 8:15AM and 5:00PM.

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