Washington & Jefferson College

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Washington, PA

Position Description

Executive Summary

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) seeks an experienced, dynamic, and savvy Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to lead partnership development efforts during an exciting time of campus renewal. Reporting directly to the AVP of Development, the Director will be responsible for planning, implementing, and directing the College’s comprehensive program of foundation and corporate support. The Director will internally be expected to work collaboratively across the College, partnering with the entire development team as well as members of the College faculty, administration, alumni, and volunteers.

Having just gone through a comprehensive strategic planning process, the W&J community is excited about the future growth and trajectory of the college. President John Knapp has outlined priority initiatives around social justice, environmentalism, and entrepreneurship that are galvanizing excitement and laying the groundwork for modernization. This provides ripe ground for the Development team to be innovative and opportunistic in identifying prospects, implementing strategies, and cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major, planned, and principal gifts and corporate and foundation support.

Washington & Jefferson College is recognized nationally as a highly selective, residential, student-centered liberal arts college with an exceptional record of producing future leaders, whose graduates are prepared for a breadth of life opportunities and professional success. Toward that end, W&J asserts its place as Pittsburgh’s premiere liberal arts institution, a role it has played for more than 230 years. More broadly, it is known as a robust community of engaged and intellectually curious faculty, staff, and students.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced corporate and foundations relations professional to shape the future of the College’s strategic partnerships. Working in a fast-paced, highly-responsive environment, the Director will play a critically important role in energizing and elevating the corporate and foundation relations program. Further, the Director will contribute to building a culture of trust in an environment of shared governance, developing relationships with campus leaders and all campus constituents in support of W&J’s academic mission and the vision of President Knapp.

The Director will be tasked with building and executing on a multi-prong strategy to strengthen current relationships and instituting creative and smart ways of engaging new corporate and foundation partners supporting priorities across the campus.

The ideal candidate must possess a minimum of three years of successful experience in foundation and corporate fundraising, coupled with complex grant preparation in a non-profit institution. The candidate will be an expert at personally identifying, cultivating, and soliciting corporate and foundation support. The candidate must possess a high level of integrity and credibility; be a self-starter with a sense of urgency and a clear set of priorities; and be adaptable to changing circumstances. The successful candidate must have extraordinary communication skills with a collegial, team-building style and a demonstrated ability to motivate staff as well as to cultivate productive, collaborative relationships with faculty and staff across campus. The candidate will create a professional work environment that rewards individual and collective success, builds confidence, and promotes diversity in all its forms.

To Apply

Washington & Jefferson College has partnered with Talent Citizen to assist in this recruitment. Please contact President Tracy D. Welsh and Senior Associate Eva Kotilinek to share your biographical materials via email at: WASHJEFF-CFR@talentcitizen.com.

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J College complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or national origin.
Position Description

Search Team

Tracy Welsh  

Eva Kotilinek