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Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships for Social Justice

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Position Information

Position Title Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships for Social Justice
Department Devel Fdn Corp,Govt Relations
Fixed Term End Date
Part Year No
Part Year Months
FLSA Status Exempt
Standard Hours (hours per week)


Position Summary Information

Position Purpose

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees. The University’s pedagogy is based on the critical knowledge disseminated by schools and colleges, coupled by transformative practical application opportunities provided by the three Centers of Distinction: Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship (MC), Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.
Distinguished by its high student-retention rate, and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
University Relations builds Santa Clara University’s excellence and reputation by developing meaningful, value-driven relationships with alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations and other institutions (academic, private and public). The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations supports the goals of University Relations by creating “enterprise” and “impact” driven institutional partnerships, advancing the University’s efforts to fulfill its strategic priorities (Santa Clara 2020). Guided by its Jesuit ethos and Silicon Valley location, Santa Clara University identifies social justice and entrepreneurship as key pillars of its mission. To support these pillars, Santa Clara University seeks outstanding candidates for the Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships for Social Justice.

The Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships for Social Justice will allocate 50% of her/his time staffing Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship (MC), while the remainder will be allotted to managing other Corporate and Foundation relations priorities.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships for Social Justice (Director) plays a critical role in Santa Clara University’s efforts – particularly those associated with Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship (MC) – to deepen relationships with corporations and foundations. In furtherance of the university’s integrated strategic plan, the Director is responsible for:
1. Advancing SCU and MC’s reputation regionally, nationally, and internationally.
2. Designing and implementing discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for long-term engagement with current and prospective institutional partners, enabling SCU to achieve its campaign goals and Miller Center to achieve its program related institutional fundraising goals.
3. Proactively researching and identifying opportunities to generate new funding proposals based on institutional guidelines and interests.
4. Maintaining strong communication ties with corporations and foundations.
5. Assisting the Executive Director of CFR and MC’s senior leadership to incorporate a value-driven methodology to engage institutions.
6. Supporting frontline fundraisers, including the Principal Gift team, and Alumni Relations, Career Center, and Academic units and Centers – including MC’s Director of Advancement and key program officers – in their effort to actualize their goals and priorities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


1. [30%] Develop Comprehensive Institutional Partnerships:
a. Facilitate and advance on-campus collaboration in support of SCU and MC’s academic programs and key initiatives.
b. Build relationships at multiple levels of prospect corporations to create “economic value” for corporate partners in three specific ways, doing good (CSR function), recruitment (HR function), Business Alignment (revenue and research function).
c. For MC, identify thought leaders by researching sector and related events, publications, and announcements; track leading organizations and their accomplishments.
d. Develop, negotiate, and accelerate partnerships on behalf of SCU and MC with corporations, foundations, other academic institutions, and nonprofits that create a compelling and fundable social impact.
e. Provide stewardship of key external relationships in support of SCU’s campaign priorities and key initiatives.
f. Possess knowledge of the leading innovation and entrepreneurial trends in the private and nonprofit sector (including foundations and academic institutions), and act as an architect on emerging business models and strategies to pursue SCU’s institutional engagement goals.
g. Represent Santa Clara University at regional and national levels, elevating SCU as a leader in building a “more humane, just, and sustainable world.”

a. Tactical approach to management of institutional partnerships to meet changing internal (SCU and MC) and external (market) context.
b. Successful functioning of corporate and foundation engagement to drive value-driven return on relationships.
c. Increase in SCU and MC external brand recognition.

2. [40%] Provide Outstanding Campus Unit Support:
a. Lead, collaborate with and assist the University’s senior officers, frontline fundraisers, academic unit deans and MC senior leadership (particularly ED and CIO), to design and implement high-level funding strategies that attract and engage existing and new corporate and foundation investors so that they become long-term financial contributors for the University.
b. Solicit financial, in-kind, and all other identified forms of support from prospective partners.
c. Deliver seamless interface and relationship management to target institutions to achieve overall corporate and foundation fundraising goals.
d. Partner with Career Center and academic units to advance vocational opportunities for students in private and non-profit sector.
e. Work with volunteer leadership to gain access to strategic institutional partnerships by leveraging their connections and developing meaningful and measurable value propositions.
f. Perform discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship visits on behalf of the SCU and MC.
g. Arrange institutional visits for senior leadership, faculty, and MC program leads as appropriate, including executive¬ level briefings, in an effort to cultivate key strategic partnerships.
h. Coordinate campus visits for institutional representatives, plan and facilitate meetings, identify and lead follow¬-up activities.

a. Augmented institutional partnerships and funding opportunities for University-driven as well as market-driven priorities.
b. Engaged SCU alumni, parents, and friends in advancing SCU and MC’s vision, mission, and strategic goals.
c. Career path development.
d. Increased regional and national visibility for Santa Clara University.

3. [20%] Offer Competitive Grant Writing Service:
a. Work with internal partners to effectively frame fundable projects/initiatives.
b. Consult with and update SCU senior officers, unit deans and faculty, and MC senior leadership (particularly ED and CIO) and program managers on funding opportunities.
c. Write and present persuasive proposals and accurate budgets, with compelling benefit packages for new and renewed corporate and foundation support.
d. Conduct necessary research to develop compelling concept notes and funding proposals.
e. Ensure proper stewardship and acknowledgement of corporate and foundation gifts, including writing of progress reports on funded project/initiatives.
f. Plan and supervise corporate/foundation-funded events, as needed.

a. Increased number of SCU and MC priorities/projects and initiatives funded by external partners.
b. Increased visibility of SCU and MC priorities and academic unit and center projects and initiatives.

4. [10%] Perform Timely Administrative Duties:
a. Facilitate education and compliance across Santa Clara University with regard to policies and procedures, best practices, and future trends related to institutional affiliations and partnerships, enhancing the University’s ability to develop strong and productive relationship with institutions.
b. Track and report on individual fundraising metrics while maintaining a portfolio of active institutional prospects.
c. Develop yearly funding pipelines and provide pipeline updates to University senior officers, Corporate and Foundation Executive Director, unit deans and center executive directors (including MC’s senior leadership).
d. Ensure comprehensive documentation of information on all corporate and foundation prospects using CLARA (CRM donor database).
e. Identify and lead opportunities for office culture enhancement (e.g., team building activities).
f. Help identify personal and professional development opportunities.
g. Support communications and branding activities related to the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
h. Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned.

a. Increased efficiency in institutional engagement activities.
b. Increased visibility of institutional engagement activities across the University.
c. Motivated team dynamics.
d. Positive and fulfilling work experience.


1. Perform all standard essential responsibilities and meet qualifications as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
2. Each month secure and conduct five or more calls and/or in-person external visits and three or more internal meetings with Deans, faculty, and MC senior leadership and/or program leads to develop strategic partnerships.
3. Annual partnership goals, including fundraising targets, determined with and approved by the Executive Director (for MC, approval from MC’s Executive Director and CIO is also required).
4. May be responsible for special fundraising projects.

Provides Work Direction



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

1. Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
2. May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
3. May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
4. May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

1. Typical office environment.
2. Mostly indoor office environment with windows.
3. Offices with equipment noise.
4. Offices with frequent interruptions.


a. Knowledgeable in fundraising database management (experience with Blackbaud CRM and SalesForce is a plus).
b. Demonstrated knowledge of communication media: virtual and print.
c. Knowledge and understanding of fundraising concepts, principles, procedures and techniques, and successful implementation of these concepts in work activities.
d. Knowledge and understanding of latest innovation and entrepreneurial trends, and successful implementation of these concepts in work activities.
e. Knowledge and experience using technology to enhance communications as well as operational efficiencies in the office.
f. Knowledge of budget management practices.
g. Understanding and appreciation of the mission of Santa Clara University and the vision and values of a Jesuit Catholic educational institution.


a. Excellent writing and communication skills.
b. Strong research and analytical skills.
c. Proficiency in database administration and reporting.
d. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
e. Excellent computer skills; proficiency in using advanced functions of word processing, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint, database and web resources.


a. Passion and commitment to building a “more humane, just, and sustainable world.”
b. Self-starter, capable of working independently and/or collaboratively, as appropriate.
c. Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritizing and completing according to importance and impact.
d. Ability to work effectively with variety of audiences: internal and external.
e. Sense of humor, integrity, reliability, initiative, diligence, common sense, respect for others, flexibility, creativity, team player.
f. Demonstrated sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling highly confidential and sensitive material.

Education and/or Experience

a. Bachelor’s degree required
b. 3-5 years of direct fundraising experience.
c. 6-8 years of transferrable professional experience in developing comprehensive institutional relationships.
d. Verifiable track record of writing and presenting persuasive proposals and accurate budgets with compelling benefit packages for new and renewed corporate and foundation support.

Salary Information $3,700 - $5,000 semi-monthly, commensurate with experience

Posting Detail Information

Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
EEO Statement

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Santa Clara University does not sponsor work visas for staff positions. If hired, individuals must independently provide proof of their eligibility to work in the United States.

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • SCU Website
    • SCU: University Promotion/Transfer
    • Periodical
    • SCU Employee
    • Conference
    • Assoc of Jesuit Colleges & Universities
    • CAL Jobs
    • HigherEd Jobs
    • Indeed
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • CareerArc Networks
    • Handshake
    • Other
  2. * Are you a current or former Santa Clara University employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * What is the highest level of education that you have completed?
    • High School Diploma
    • Professional Certificate
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • JD
    • PhD
  5. * Do you have 3-5 years of direct fundraising experience?
    • yes
    • no
  6. * 6-8 years of transferable professional experience in developing comprehensive institutional relationships.
    • YES
    • NO

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents