CUNY Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations - Reopened* in New York, New York


ABOUT JOHN JAY COLLEGE John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) located steps from Lincoln Center at the cultural heart of New York City under the leadership of a new president, Karol V. Mason. John Jay is an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice and committed to the advancement of justice and just societies around the world. A Hispanic-serving institution that has been ranked third in the nation in black student success and a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility, John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups.

Founded in 1964, John Jay College is known for preparing its 15,000 students to serve the public interest as ethical leaders and engaged citizens. A public liberal arts institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees and participating in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the College offers traditional criminal justice-related programs and a growing portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Students can choose from 31 majors, 13 master's degree programs, and two doctoral programs.

In 2011, the college opened a new 600,000 square foot building with a black-box theater, state-of-the-art lab space, a moot court, and a variety of virtual learning settings. Over the past 12 years, the college has experienced unprecedented faculty hiring and expansion of its curricular offerings. John Jay College is committed to diversity and inclusion and seeks colleagues who thrive in multicultural academic environments.

POSITION OVERVIEW The Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations is responsible for developing and leading a strategic program to secure and increase foundation and corporate funding for the College, focusing on the priorities of the current campaign and various College initiatives. Foundation relations represents the largest current funding source within the John Jay Foundation and, therefore, significant opportunity for growth.

The Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations will report directly to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, collaborate with the senior executive team, and help to advise President Karol Mason as needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design, implement, and direct a comprehensive, proactive development plan focusing on obtaining and increasing foundation and corporate funding for the College’s priorities.

  • Identify new sources of foundation and corporate support for priorities that include student success; establishing the College as a national convener on issues of justice; and new centers and initiatives as opportunities arise.

  • Cultivate and solicit foundation and corporate funders, leading the comprehensive process, including arranging strategic meetings with stakeholders; concept and proposal development in collaboration with academic leaders and the VP for Institutional Advancement; budget development in accordance with the CUNY and John Jay Foundation guidelines; the request for support; and the follow-up of gift receipt, documentation, and acknowledgement.

  • Develop and implement a stewardship plan and program to expand and enhance relationships with foundations and corporations, reporting on outcomes of support per funders’ guidelines, building on long-term relationships and initiating and sustaining new relationships. Ensures that reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships by maintaining detailed records of deadlines and reporting requirements on outcomes and budget expenditures.

  • Advise faculty, administrative leaders and staff on foundation and corporate areas of interest, identifying new opportunities for support and responding to queries as the John Jay Foundation expert on foundation and corporate funding priorities

  • Develop competitive proposals and letters of inquiry for foundation and corporate prospects. Assist faculty and others in proposal preparation; review and edit materials.

  • Organize and prepare briefings and presentation materials for meetings with prospective foundation and corporate donors.

  • Ensure all administrative and financial issues associated with foundation and corporate qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship are coordinated with the appropriate parties and consistent with the policies and procedures of the John Jay Foundation.

  • Direct and supervise the work of staff supporting foundation and corporate relations fundraising.


  • Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience required.


  • Demonstrated successful foundation fundraising experience, preferably in a complex organization such as higher education or health care.

  • Track record of success in building relationships with funding partners.

  • Demonstrated success in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in foundation fundraising.

  • Demonstrated ability in the identification and qualification of foundation and corporate prospects, including the methods and best practices for obtaining information about their giving programs.

  • Demonstrated success in developing and writing proposals inclusive of budgets for foundation and corporate prospects.

  • Knowledge of corporate fundraising, including corporate foundation fundraising and sponsorships and partnerships.

  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and organizational skills.

  • Excellent communications ability, both verbally and in writing.

  • Affinity for the mission of John Jay College to help non-traditional students succeed.


Directs College corporate and foundation relations strategy and operations.

  • Designs, develops and oversees strategic program to secure corporate and foundation funding for various College initiatives

  • Responsible for meeting specific goals and targets

  • Develops funding strategies, assesses outcome of strategic plan, and refines approaches to meet priority objectives

  • Oversees a portfolio of corporate and foundation donors to establish and sustain ongoing relations; cultivates new prospects

  • Maintains relationships with sponsoring organizations to promote and maintain funding

  • Ensures reporting requirements are completed in timely and accurate manner

  • May develop proposals for institutional, academic, and arts grants

  • Manages professional and clerical staff

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Development Corporate and Foundation Relations Director


Higher Education Officer




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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*Posting re-opened. New closing date: September 24, 2018.

Previous applicants need not apply.


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Job Title: Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations - Reopened*

Job ID: 18878

Location: John Jay College

Regular/Temporary: Regular