The Director of Corporate Relations (DCR) will be tasked with managing a portfolio of known corporate donors and will play an important role in leading and growing the overall development strategy for identifying new corporate prospects that align with the mission of UC Merced. The position can be located in Merced at the Downtown Campus Center or remotely in the Bay Area.
The DCR will employ various methods in increasing our corporate donor base, long term strategic partnerships, and revenue capacity for the University's fundraising efforts. This position will develop mutually beneficial partnerships between UC Merced and various companies, resulting in philanthropic support to the university. The DCR is expected to employ a personal approach to fundraising by developing relationships with program managers, HR representatives and top executives at various institutions locally, regionally, state-wide and nationally; accomplishing meaningful touchpoints for UC Merced's philanthropic engagement; and closing five-, six- and seven-figure gifts.
The DCR position will complement the Director of Institutional Giving; whose primary focus is securing support from private foundations. The DCR will report to the Director of Institutional Giving, and will work closely with the team of frontline fundraisers, campus partners, as well as the Office of Leadership, Service & Careers to cultivate corporate leads, develop partnerships and generate philanthropic support from corporations. This position must coordinate with various UC Merced departments and leadership campus-wide (academic schools, student affairs, athletics, library, etc.) to ensure strategic approach and consistent communications with institutional and corporate funders.
Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or related area and five years of progressively responsible prospect management and successful development experience or equivalent training/ experience or higher preferably in Higher Education. (Required)
5+ years' experience with corporate relations and corporate giving. (Preferred)
Maintain valid U.S. Driver's License (Required)