Director of Corporate Relations

Kansas State University Foundation

Manhattan, Kansas

The Kansas State University Foundation is the official fundraising organization for Kansas State University. Their mission is to secure and prudently manage private gifts in support of Kansas State University and foster a culture that unites philanthropic desire. Foundation staff members work in close partnership with university administrators, deans and faculty to secure charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations to support identified priorities for the university. Gifts received through the foundation fund undergraduate and graduate student scholarships, establish faculty chairs and professorships, provide college and departmental support, and enhance the campus infrastructure. With the help of the Foundation, Kansas State University will reach its goal to become a top 50 public research university by 2025.

The Opportunity

The Director of Corporate Relations will focus on initiating, building, and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with corporate partners that align with corporate interests and advance the K-state mission. S/He will develop and implement solicitation strategies aimed at creating and building relationships with new corporate entities to achieve goals specific to his/her portfolio. Reporting to the Senior Director of Corporate Relations, the Director will manage a select portfolio of prospective and ongoing relationships with K-State’s corporate partners, help to identify synergies and new funding sources, and develop and implement successful institutional strategies, working effectively and collaboratively with campus partners across the academy. The Director will take an outside-in approach that recognizes the needs and priorities of corporations and corporate foundations and aligns the strengths of K-State to pursue large fundraising opportunities.

A Bachelor’s degree and five years professional, related experience is essential. Three years of development experience focused on corporate relations in a nonprofit, higher education environment is strongly preferred for this dynamic and vital role.