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Executive Director, Industry & Foundation Relations

Requisition Number:

43634

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff

Schedule:

Full-Time

Posting Close Date:

31-Jan-2023

Date Posted:

13-Oct-2022

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for an Executive Director, Industry & Foundation Relations! The executive director leads and manages CU Boulder’s Industry and Foundation Relations (IFR) team whose mission is to support faculty and other research investigators aligned with the research institutes, schools, colleges and academic centers of CU Boulder.

The executive director assesses corporate and philanthropic foundation grant opportunities and strategically aligns the IFR team resources to optimize charitable research grant and contract support for articulated research priorities and themes at the school, college, institute or campus level. The executive director will collaborate with the appropriate assistant deans for advancement to assess and act upon opportunities for individual donor engagement. 

The executive director reports to the assistant vice chancellor in the Office of Advancement and collaborates closely with the vice chancellor for research and innovation.
Screening will begin in October and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including CV, cover letter addressing interest, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically to CUBoulderED-IFR@wittkieffer.com.

Applications should not be submitted through the CU Boulder Jobs website for this position. Applications must be submitted to WittKieffer to be considered. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the nation’s leading research universities, with world-class facilities, personnel, and capabilities.

CU Boulder’s Industry & Foundation Relations (IFR) team is dedicated to building collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners and foundations. In January 2020, the Corporate and Foundation Relations team, the Office of Industry Collaboration, and the industry and foundation-focused teams within the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Leeds School of Business combined to form the IFR team, which reports jointly to Advancement and the Research & Innovation Office. The new alignment builds on the core strengths of the staff already dedicated to building collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships with corporations and foundations. It also addresses challenges associated with having multiple CU Boulder groups working with the same external partners by improving strategic alignment and clarity of roles and responsibilities to provide a more seamless experience for industry and foundation partners.

The Industry & Foundation Relations team connects local, national, and international companies to the people, services, projects, and resources they need to support business growth and development.

The streamlined IFR team is part of the university’s effort to deliver “a partner-centric strategy and an on-campus support team that aligns financial investment in the research, discovery, and creativity of Boulder’s faculty and students with satisfied corporate and foundation partners.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Responsible for leadership, management and evaluation of industry and foundation relations team comprised of approximately 18 legacy staff. Organizes the corporate, foundation and services specialist teams to focus on the most promising corporate and philanthropic foundations across the engagement and solicitation continuum including strategy articulation, engagement, program development, proposal submission and stewardship. 
  • Guides the IFR team in developing enabling tools for faculty and research investigators’ independent pursuit of charitable grant support for their research, scholarship, service and creative work from corporations and foundations outside the identified respective top organizations. 
  • Works closely with assistant deans for advancement at the colleges and schools to integrate corporate and foundation engagement in the unit’s advancement annual operating plan and related activities. Develops and implements fundraising strategies including prospect identification, solicitation, negotiation, and stewardship of corporate and philanthropic foundation donors. Ensures timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledge, gift and grant agreements, program and stewardship reporting. Monitors and completes documentation of prospect strategies and contact reports. 
  • Serves as the liaison to IFR boundary partners including, but not limited to, the Office of Contracts and Grants, CU Foundation, Campus Controller, Buffalo Sports Properties, CU Venture Partners, National Security Initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship, Career Services, alumni engagement, facilities and other administrative offices that have consistent collaboration with the local, regional or national corporate or foundation community. 
  • Serves as a member of the assistant deans for advancement leadership team for the purpose of informing, evaluating and revising advancement strategy, policy and tactics. Serves as a member of the advancement management team and the RIO leadership team. 
  • Establishes productive working relationships with research institute directors, key investigators and academic and administrative leaders. 
  • Represents CU Boulder at key community events to support the CU System, CU Boulder, and University of Colorado Foundation and to cultivate and steward donors, grantors and prospective donors and grantors. 
  • Other leadership and strategic duties as assigned.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 

We anticipate this position will support a hybrid format (remote and in-person work).

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $165,000 - $205,000 annually.

Relocation assistance is available for eligible applicants.

Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 6+ years of experience in higher education advancement/non-profit management or similar amount of experience in related industry with transferrable skills.
  • Proven success or transferrable skills related to cultivating industry and foundation philanthropic relationships.

What You Will Need

  • Unimpeachable integrity and character. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead fundraising teams. 
  • Expert knowledge of principal and major gifts fundraising techniques. 
  • Expert knowledge of philanthropic foundation fundraising techniques. 
  • Strong understanding of business climate and issues; giving climate for corporate and charitable foundation grantors. 
  • Solid knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards governing philanthropic giving. 
  • Expert ability to communicate verbally and in writing. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong ability to analyze information/situations and solve problems. 
  • Ability to handle sensitive information discretely and maintain confidentiality. 
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities. 
  • Knowledge of current issues facing public, research-intensive universities.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Advanced degree in related field of study.
  • 8+ years of experience in higher education advancement/non-profit management with proven success in areas related to principal and major individual giving, as well as foundation and corporate relations. 

Special Instructions

Please Note: The University of Colorado is partnering with Wittkieffer to conduct this search. All expressions of interest should be submitted directly through the Wiffkieffer website.  Screening will begin in October and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including CV, cover letter addressing interest, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically to CUBoulderED-IFR@wittkieffer.com.

Applications should not be submitted through the CU Boulder Jobs website for this position. Applications must be submitted to WittKieffer to be considered. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu