Colorado State University Assistant Director for Corporate Relations in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Assistant Director for Corporate Relations

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 201801099AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $55,000 - $65,000

Desired Start Date 02/01/2019

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/23/2018

Description of Work Unit

This is the best time to join Colorado State University. Over the past eight years, CSU has consistently surpassed fundraising records, doubled alumni participation in philanthropy, and closed two of the largest gifts in the university’s history. Soon after exceeding its first campaign goal of $500 million in 2012, CSU embarked on a much more ambitious path: The $1 billion “State Your Purpose – The Campaign for Colorado State University.” To date, CSU has exceeded its $1 billion goal, and with less than two years remaining in the campaign, yet another fundraising record will be set.

Division of University Advancement is integral to achieving and sustaining institutional excellence through fundraising and engagement efforts. The Division has one of the leading development teams in the country and places a strong emphasis on professional and personal growth for its employees, including educational opportunities, onboarding and mentoring programs.

Fort Collins is known as “The Choice City” because of its proximity to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, excellent schools, 300+ days of sunshine yearly, thriving arts scene, eclectic shops and restaurants, and miles of walking and biking paths.

The Office of Corporate Relations (CR) works to facilitate and strengthen corporate partnerships with Colorado State University. Working hand-in-hand with CSU’s colleges, schools, and centers, CR represents the university to corporate constituents, builds mutually beneficial relationships, and promotes CSU’s funding priorities to its external partners. These activities help the university strengthen its academic programs for students, its service to the public, and its position as one of the leading research universities in the world.

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Assistant Director for Corporate Relations is responsible for assisting with the management of corporate relationships. This position will partner with Central Development colleagues, unit based development professionals, university faculty, and other on-campus groups to: identify and qualify new prospects; cultivate relationships; organize and manage proposal processes; draft concept papers, case statements, reports, and other materials for corporate engagement; actively solicit industry partners and corporations for private support; and thoughtfully engage private industry through strategic stewardship efforts in order to advance the mission and goals of CSU.

The Assistant Director will play a major role in organizing regular meetings of faculty and staff that actively engage with industry; will be responsible for organizing campus visits for key prospects and existing corporate partners; and manage stewardship activities and reports for key corporations.

Required Job Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Communication, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering or a related field and

Minimum of three (3) years of successful work experience in a higher education development, non-profit development, or sales/solicitation experience or equivalent combination of experience, education and training.

Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Excellent speaking, persuasive writing, and research capabilities.

Ability to work independently with limited supervision.

Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills in large groups as well as with individuals.

Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects and complete them in a timely manner.

Demonstrated ability to maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.

Familiarity with and demonstrated ability to use appropriate business software applications.

Willingness to travel nationally and make frequent trips to the Denver metro area and the flexibility to attend/participate in occasional evening and weekend events.

Knowledge of best practices in proposal development.

Expertise in use of English grammar, punctuation, and syntax.

Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve goals.

Familiarity with and demonstrated ability to use fundraising software applications such as Advance or Raiser’s Edge.

Understanding of branding and positioning strategies for a major institution.

Diversity Statement

•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Fundraising and Prospect Cultivation

Duty/Responsibility

Proactively manage a portfolio of major corporate prospects

Identify industry alignment with campus strengths and accordingly plan, organize, and execute cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate partners

Use of development principles to identify and solicit corporations for contributions of $25,000 and above

Visit and develop relationships with industry leaders and personnel on behalf of CSU

Arrange for campus visits and visits to corporate sites.

Percentage Of Time 35

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Strategic Planning and Unit Impact

Duty/Responsibility

Independently analyze and track solicitations, contributions, overall campus engagement of industry and corporate partners and share information with leadership and development professionals throughout campus

Work with faculty and development colleagues to initiate and execute stewardship strategies for industry and corporate partners

Offer analysis, recommendations, solutions, and expertise to program leadership and unit based development professionals while representing a university-wide prospective on engagement with significant corporate prospects

Plan and implement development strategies through the preparation of written materials and presentations including, but not limited to: management plans, executive summaries, campus/site visit plans and agendas, and proposals

Work closely with the Executive Director to ensure effective and efficient use of time and resources to strategically advance campus priorities

Percentage Of Time 35

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Communication

Duty/Responsibility

Draft and present strong, clearly articulated proposals, stewardship reports, and other communication pieces that express programmatic funding priorities

Provide campus-wide insight and industry relations expertise to university administrators, faculty, and unit-based development professionals to guide and/or assist with the creation of strategies, proposals and other development materials

Develop and maintain collaborative relationships through timely, positive, and transparent, communications with internal and external campus partners

Percentage Of Time 20

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Supervision and Budget

Duty/Responsibility

Will manage a $12,000- $24,000 budget

Co-manage Program Coordinator by assigning tasks and communicating goals associated with Corporate Relations objectives

Make recommendations in budget management decisions to yield the greatest corporate engagement results

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be received by 11:59 pm on December 23, 2018. Prospective candidates should submit materials consisting of (1) a letter of interest detailing how your experience meets the required and preferred qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) three (3) professional references noting name, phone number, email address and professional relationship (one must be a current or former supervisor). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

A $2,500 moving allowance may be negotiated at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel

Search Contact kelsey.burket@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


  • Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Communication, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering or a related field?

  • Yes

  • No


  • Do you have a minimum of three (3) years of successful work experience in a higher education development, non-profit development, or sales/solicitation experience or equivalent combination of experience, education and training?

  • Yes

  • No


  • Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's license by the employment start date?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents