Carthage College
  • 11-Apr-2018 to 30-Aug-2018 (CST)
  • Kenosha, WI, USA
  • Full Time Employee

Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations



Carthage College seeks a Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations to increase Carthage College's visibility among regional, state, and national private foundations, businesses, corporations, and government associated funding entities. The Director actively engages in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with the corporate and foundation sector, as well as other key communities, which result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the College.

This position works collaboratively with the Office of Sponsored Programs, which provides direction and support to faculty members submitting government and other fund proposals in support of academic programs and undergraduate research. The position also will work collaboratively with the Director of Corporate Sponsorships to ensure a coherent and strategic solicitation strategy. Additionally, the Director will serve as a liaison to the Office of Career Services, working to create and steward partnerships with businesses, corporations, and other organizations that can provide internships and jobs for Carthage students and graduates.


  • Design, implement, and manage a comprehensive proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing foundation and business relationships by directing and coordinating activities related to obtaining monetary support from these entities.
  • Identify emerging business leadership and industry trends with a special emphasis on developing high value-exchange corporate alliances and identify, evaluate, cultivate and solicit five- and six-figure philanthropic commitments to support the mission and goals of the College.
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Director of Corporate Sponsorships
  • Serve as liaison for the Office of Career Services, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Director of Alumni, and steward partnerships with businesses, corporations and other organizations that can provide internships and jobs for Carthage students and graduates.


  • Bachelor's degree required; masters preferred
  • A minimum of 3-5 years demonstrated successful fundraising experience preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization) required
  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising required
  • Demonstrated ability in grant and proposal writing at appropriate levels for varied proposal development required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices, and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations and foundations are essential
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and discipline skills to regularly set and achieve work goals
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals are essential
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective corporate and foundation donors, and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations and foundations
  • Regular travel required, both regionally and nationally 


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References will not be contacted without prior notice. Please upload all documents as a single PDF file. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Apply soon for best consideration.


Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.


Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community.  We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.

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