The mission of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities, advance social and economic justice, and eradicate pressing societal problems in complex and culturally diverse urban environments throughout Southern California, the nation and the world. Our mission is achieved through value-driven, scholarly and creative social work education, research, and professional leadership.
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Advancement Office is currently seeking candidates for the position of Foundation and Corporate Grant Management. Â This position will create and assist in developing a comprehensive philanthropic program that focuses on cultivating, soliciting, and securing corporate and foundation funding and managing a portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects. The ideal candidate requires a strong entrepreneurial spirit and ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, academic centers, and external constituents. Â This position will work closely with the larger development team and report to the schoolâs Chief Development officer of Advancement and External Relations.
Manage and pursue corporate and foundation-academic partnerships aligned with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Workâs programs and initiatives; serve as a point of contact for corporate and foundation relations within the School.
Serve as the primary relationship manager for the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work portfolio of corporations and foundations. Maintain strong relationships with key liaisons in across the university.
Work with the Chief Development Officer to establish annual fundraising goals for corporation and foundation relations. Actively participate in the development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of strategies and metrics to achieve goals.
Develop a strong knowledge base of the faculty, research community, their research interests and expertise so that they can be matched with corporations with overlapping interests.
Develop, coordinate, and implement fundraising strategies to secure gifts. Develop, prepare and present formal fundraising proposals to corporate and foundation prospects. Ability to efficiently and effectively bring proposals to successful closure.
Ensure an effective stewardship plan for corporate donors that is functional, systematically implemented and uses university best practices.
Work with major gift Advancement and faculty team, exploring corporate and foundation interests on the part of executives and referring prospects for individual giving.
Contribute to Advancement events and activities as required.
Accountabilities include, but not limited to:
3- 5 years of experience in corporate fundraising in a higher education setting and/or similar experience in a nonprofit, public relations/marketing industry or related environment working with corporate and foundation funders.
Strong understanding of funding frameworks for corporations and foundations with a demonstrated ability to conceptualize and implement appropriate, individualized strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of prospects.Â
Demonstrated experience in soliciting high-level gifts and grants and/or other solicitations of a similar nature, level and complexity.Â
Management and administrative skills to organize, direct, motivate and evaluate professional contracted staff.
Outstanding organizational skills and ability to exercise initiative, work proactively, and accept responsibility.Â
Ability to navigate and thrive in a complex and dynamic environment, managing conflicting priorities and coordinating multiple tasks.Â
Advanced written communication skills to communicate school and priorities to senior corporate and foundation executives and boards. Exceptional oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to build and maintain effective partnerships at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.Â
Proven strong team-building skills, creating liaisons with campus development colleagues, academic and administrative leadership, and faculty to develop effective cultivation and solicitation strategies.Â
Familiarity with rapidly evolving issues related to corporate and foundation relations and higher education funding, finance and compliance.Â
Existing relationships in corporate and foundation funding desirable
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience Minimum Field of Expertise: Major campaign, fundraising, public relations and/or volunteer management experience.Â
Minimum Education Bachelor's Degree, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 0-6 monthsMinimum Field of Expertise: Demonstrated experience writing effective, accurate materials of a complex nature, working with highly complex documents and advising/assisting authors. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Internal Number: REQ20083866
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