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Education: Higher Education

Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University (NCSU) is the preeminent research enterprise and the university of choice for accomplished, high-performing students from around the world. Commonly known as NC State, the public, land grant University’s extensive partnerships with business, industry and government generate a unique culture of collaboration to address the grand challenges of society. Its cutting-edge, solution-driven research, technology and scholarship result in new ideas, products and services. The faculty, who are at the forefront of interdisciplinary innovation, lead extraordinary programs in learning and discovery. And as the leader in experiential education, NC State provides relevant opportunities for students to put learning into practice and develop personal and career-ready skills. Its students, faculty, staff and alumni create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity.

With more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff, North Carolina State University is the largest university in North Carolina. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 public universities and ranked by Princeton Review as a best value for students, NC State is located in Raleigh, the state’s capital city, which was recently ranked the best city to live in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations will possess demonstrated success in securing major gifts from corporations and foundations. S/He will direct and coordinate university corporate and foundation-related fundraising activities, working closely with the Office of Research and Graduate Studies as well as with development personnel in the colleges/entities. The Executive Director will coordinate fundraising activity for special collaborative projects involving diverse scientific disciplines across campus, work with the Offices of RGS, Prospect Research, and Prospect Management to identify potential donors and conduct research of corporate and foundation prospects to document the current level and all points of engagement between the University and potential funders.

The Executive Director will also maintain a high quality stewardship process for active corporate and foundation prospects and donors and ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships. Three to five years of formal experience in corporate and/or foundation fundraising in higher education of a comparably complex organization is required. An advanced degree in higher education as well as knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethics of successful fundraising is preferred.

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