Assistant Director, Corporate Relations

Posted on 08/10/2023

Washington University in St. Louis

Clayton, MO

Position Summary

The Assistant Director of Corporate Relations reports to the Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the Danforth campus and collaborates closely with all other members of the Corporate Relations team. This role is responsible for strengthening corporate engagement and helping to build a fuller and more robust pyramid of corporate donors at every giving level. The position works to support Washington University priorities, the six schools on the Danforth Campus, Interdisciplinary programs, faculty, and special projects.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain and grow a portfolio of small- to medium-sized corporate prospects in the St. Louis region through all phases of the development process: identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Assist other corporate relations fundraisers in efforts to identify, qualify, cultivate, and ultimately solicit major gift corporate prospects.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with school and unit-based advancement staff to stay abreast of funding needs for faculty research, programs, and special initiatives.
  • In consultation with corporate relations fundraisers, assist deans and faculty in creating effective funding strategies and initiate opportunities for them to have meaningful interactions with corporate prospects.
  • Develop corporate sponsorship solicitation strategies for supporting university events and initiatives.
  • Develop content, write, edit, and finalize compelling fundraising proposals.
  • Coordinate and/or write grant reports to corporations and corporate foundations, and conduct other stewardship of corporate donors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three or more years of fundraising experience or closely related field or equivalent.
  • Experience in developing and managing mutually beneficial corporate relationships.
  • Record of success in securing major gifts from corporations and meeting fundraising goals.
  • Experience with direct personal interaction with corporate executives.
  • Experience in writing and editing fundraising materials such as concept notes, proposals and grant applications.
  • Experience working in higher education or for a non-profit.
  • Self-starter who can also take direction well from managers and has the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to analyze, condense, and synthesize complex information with diligence.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills, able to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues of all levels, able to maintain the confidence of others.
  • Passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions with the ability to represent the university in a highly professional and effective manner.
  • Ability to travel as needed for solicitation and stewardship purposes.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two years of related experience.

Grade: G10

Scheduled hours: 37.5

Salary Range: $48,700.00 – $80,500.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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