Associate Director of Health Sciences, Foundation and Corporate Relations

Philadelphia 19104, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

The Office of Institutional Advancement's (IA) Foundation and Corporate Relations Department (FCR) serves the entire University. The primary responsibility of the FCR Associate Director of Health Sciences is to advance health sciences fundraising by co-leading efforts in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems (Biomed) and the Dornsife School of Public Health, and supporting fundraising efforts in the School of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Professions. As a seasoned proposal writer, prospect researcher, and fundraiser, he/she will partner with various University departments and centers to develop innovative approaches for building teams and submitting multi-disciplinary.


Essential Functions:
In partnership with other FCR leaders, the Associate Director will:

  • Plan, organize, and implement strategies to secure foundation and corporate funds for Drexel's School of Biomed and Dornsife School of Public Health, while supporting FCR fundraising for the College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Professions. This will be accomplished by pursuing the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition, and stewardship of corporations and foundations; and deepening relationships with and knowledge of faculty and staff in technology focused departments and schools/colleges.
  • Participate in FCR's Health Sciences cohort, which aims to:
    • -Ensure that constituents across Drexel are informed about the responsibilities, procedures, and priorities of FCR as a service unit to the entire University,
    • -Develop, streamline, and maintain effective procedures, systems, and strategies to support researchers, center directors, and administrators
    • -Develop strategic approaches to foundations and corporations aligned with technology focused schools, colleges, departments, and projects
  • Write, edit and assemble letters of inquiry, proposals, stewardship reports, thank you letters, supporting documentation to corporations and foundations and maintain electronic correspondence with faculty/staff in need of support.
  • Work independently and collegially across Institutional Advancement colleagues to research and review corporate and foundation prospects and develop strategies for significant funding proposals that are responsive to both University and grantor priorities.
  • Make direct contact with grantors to gather information, answer questions or provide other assistance that increases the likelihood of new or renewed investment in Drexel.
  • Track deadlines for submitting proposals and stewardship reports for funded projects by preparing and submitting required materials on a timely basis, and responding to grantor requests for information.
  • Follow IA procedures with regard to prospect management and contact documentation, including responsibility for oversight and submission of all related fundraising reports, statistics, projections and publications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and adhere to performance goals and standards as specified under IA guidelines.




  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills required.
  • Five or more years of professional writing and editing experience in higher education, non- profit fund development work or communications/public relations fields required. Scientific writing experience preferred.
  • Master's degree required, preferably in STEM fields, English, Journalism, Communications, or other writing-focused fields.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy and the ability to work independently required.
  • Ability to handle high volume of specific and increasingly complex proposals as well as other writing assignments required.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively required.
  • Knowledge of proposal development as well as corporate and foundation fundraising preferred. Understanding of and/or interest in science/biomedicine/technology required.
  • Excellent administrative skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of database fundraising software programs desirable.
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends is a plus.

Supplemental Posting Information:
Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

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