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Wabash Employment

Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations

Date Posted: 04/26/21

Wabash seeks candidate for its open position of Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations.  The Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations provides leadership to the College’s efforts to secure support from private foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Reporting to the Dean for College Advancement, this position oversees all grant-related fundraising, stewardship, and reporting activity for private foundations, government entities, and corporate funders in support of the College’s institutional priorities and faculty sponsored research.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Formulate, implement, and recommend short-term and multi-year fundraising plans for foundation, government, and corporate sources, with institutional priorities and faculty sponsored research in mind.
  2. Foster mutually-beneficial ties with faculty members through structured events that include monthly lunch and learn sessions, as well as consultation with the chairs of the Faculty Development Committee and McClain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholar committees.
  3. Ensure effective and timely communication of proposal requirements, eligibility, restrictions, deadlines, and other pertinent proposal/grant information with appropriate College staff, faculty, and/or administration. Research and monitor government, foundation, and corporate funding opportunities and disseminate that information strategically to campus stakeholders.
  4. Responsible for the development of long-term relationships with grantors and potential grantors.
  5. Produce compelling top-level funding proposals that link funder priorities with institutional goals and initiatives. Ensure that proposals meet funder criteria, are persuasive, accurate, well-targeted, and meet funder deadlines.
  6. Direct the preparation of grant budgets and grant justifications, and manage the process to ensure the timely submission of post-award grant reports in close coordination with the Treasurer’s Office.
  7. Work in tandem with the Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer, program directors, principal investigators, and College Advancement colleagues to streamline and improve grant reporting and tracking processes for the college’s portfolio of Lilly Endowment Inc. grants. Employ and implement best practices related to this key grantor throughout campus.
  8. Collaborate with the Treasurer’s Office on the preparation, negotiation, and implementation of Facilities and Administrative Cost Rate proposals.
  9. Ensure institutional compliance with federal, state, agency, and other applicable governing regulations, policies, and procedures concerning sponsored and non-sponsored research.
  10. Supervise the Corporate and Foundations Relations Officer.
  11. Track trends and developments within the grant-making community, including government agencies, private and corporate foundations.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.



  1. Bachelor's degree required.
  2. A minimum five to seven (5-7) years of successful corporate, foundation, and government relations experience with a proven track record of securing increased and new institutional grants of $100,000 or more.
  3. Demonstrated and continuing knowledge of foundation and corporate funding communities and success in building long-term relationships that lead to larger grants.
  4. Experience with successfully securing and stewarding federal government grants.
  5. Demonstrated success identifying and qualifying new institutional prospects.
  6. Excellent verbal and written skills, with a demonstrated ability to write compelling and strategic letters of inquiry, funding proposals, and stewardship reports.
  7. Excellent analytical skills, with a demonstrated ability to create budgets and financial reports.
  8. Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of constituents, including foundation representatives, government officials, faculty members, senior-level volunteers, colleagues, senior administrators, and students.
  9. Ability to travel periodically, including accompanying the President, with occasional evening and weekend work required.
  10. Commitment to the mission of Wabash College which provides quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership in a diverse, multicultural world.


Wabash College offers competitive salaries and benefits. To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references by choosing the Apply Now option on this page or at  Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Wabash, a liberal arts college for men, seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership in a diverse, multicultural world. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds.


Catherine A Metz
Director of Human Resources
Human Resources
Wabash College
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


For general questions about the position or the department, contact:

Linda Weaver
Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean for College Advancement



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