Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking an Executive Director of Government, Corporate, and Foundation Relations to plan and direct a comprehensive suite of activities that advance the educational mission of Utica College through the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of external support from government entities at the federal, state, and municipal levels, along with sources from local, regional, and national corporations and foundations. Working closely with key internal stakeholders, grant submissions are planned and prepared in support of research, scholarship, education and training, service/outreach activities, capital and technology infrastructure, and other initiatives as are consistent with the College’s mission and priorities.
The incumbent will: Demonstrate a high level of initiative and be fully accountable for a distinct body of government, corporate, and foundation related work as well as other duties as assigned; Possess and apply outstanding writing, editing, planning, and organizational skills; Possess and apply excellent communication and interpersonal skills and prudent independent judgment in all activities; Demonstrate the ability to fully understand and articulate Utica College’s academic programs, institutional strengths, and priorities for external support through grants including short- and long-term fundraising goals; Work collaboratively with the President, the Joint Cabinets, faculty/staff stakeholders, and other key administrative staff members to enhance grant making and other funding efforts; Cultivate relationships with highest-level donors and prospects, including alumni, Utica College Trustees, corporate and foundation program officers, and local, state, and federal elected officials and their representatives. The incumbent will have access to privileged donor and grant information and is expected to guard the confidentiality of all biographical data and grant scenarios; Demonstrate willingness to work flexible hours if necessary.
In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.
Primary responsibilities include:
Identify, prioritize, and develop opportunities and appropriate sponsors from federal, state, and local funding sources to support the College’s academic and co-curricular programs, service initiatives, and capital infrastructure needs; Lead process to cultivate faculty and staff program originators in proposal planning, development, writing, and other preparation for proposals to grant makers; Collaborate in the drafting of proposal budgets and budget narratives; Manage proposal review, including editing for clarity, completeness, presentation and compliance with College policies and pre-award approval and submission processes; Function as authorized organizational representative for submission of electronic grant applications; Establish and cultivate working relationships with grant program and agency personnel, and facilitate these relationships among faculty/staff project directors; Track the status of proposals in progress and prepare and distribute written reports as requested; Serve as Chair of “Grants Coordinating Council” with the Offices of Advancement, Financial Affairs, General Counsel/Legal Affairs, the Provost, and other administrative units to facilitate the post-award policies and procedures including the timely commitment of awarded funds, all required accounting, auditing, and reporting protocols, and compliance with all applicable legal and statutory regulations; the collaborative partnerships with state and federal lobbyists, the President and Joint Cabinets, and principal faculty investigators to develop and advance funding requests to governmental agencies and elected officials, including the State legislature and the New York Congressional delegation, to support institutional goals and to strengthen lines of communication with government representatives; and implement short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures for the grants and government relations functions; monitor and evaluate program effectiveness; effect changes as needed; Review and negotiate terms and conditions of contracts/agreements with federal and state agencies as may be required, and upon consultation with the Offices of Financial Affairs and the General Counsel; Work with the Vice President for Advancement and other team members to achieve successful results on all established individual and departmental goals and key performance indicators; Play an active role in the development of the department’s strategic and operational plan as required by department leadership. Works closely with department supervisor to develop and implement operational goals that support departmental success; The incumbent supervises the Associate Grants Administrator.
Bachelor’s degree and minimum of seven years related development experience; Requires knowledge of funding processes of federal, state, and local governments; Experience in higher education is required; Must have excellent verbal and organizational skills; Outstanding persuasive writing skill; Demonstrated work experience in writing, editing, and proofreading; Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well with faculty, staff, students, program officers, and volunteers; A strong commitment to diversity and will work continually to enhance diversity of our students, faculty, and staff; Ability to articulate persuasively the mission and strengths of the College; Sound judgment, initiative, and ability to handle confidential information and inquiries with discretion; Ability to work independently and collaboratively; Ability to manage multiple projects effectively; Functional literacy with PCs and software, and the Internet; Knowledge of Utica College and higher education highly desirable; Travel required; Must be able to work flexible hours if necessary.
Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.
A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Candidates for the position must include in their cover letter how you will advance our institutional values including serving a diverse community.
All application materials must be submitted online at the following link: http://uc.peopleadmin.com/postings/1890
Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus.
? Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.