Senior Director of Philanthropy, Foundation and Corporate Relations (Administrator II)/University Advancement – Philanthropic Giving

California State University, San Bernardino


California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

At CSUSB, you can:

  • Build your future
  • Work with the best
  • Be your authentic self
  • Focus on you
  • Make a lasting impact
  • Work for a purpose that is greater than your own
  • Bring everything you are, become everything you want


Department Summary

The Office of Philanthropic Giving is part of University Advancement and is responsible for securing private philanthropy from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to advance the University’s mission in support of the faculty, staff, and students.  OPG plays a critical role in advancing the University and cementing CSUSB’s reputation as a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California.

Job Summary

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is looking for a new Senior Director for Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy. This is an evolving time to join the CSUSB Philanthropic Giving team as we seek seasoned and creative fundraising professional to help us define strategic and innovative ways to engage our donors, friends, and alumni in the current virtual environment and beyond.

The Senior Director for Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy will provide leadership to the campus on corporate and foundation funding opportunities that will serve our students and community. We also are looking towards the future to envision a new approach to securing philanthropy for fundraising campaigns. If you think you are up to the challenge as we re-imagine our philanthropic work, please continue reading:

As Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy, you have the important role of helping corporate and foundation leaders accomplish their organizational philanthropic goals and ambitions through a deepened relationship with CSUSB, a unique, anchor university in Inland Southern California.

You will design, develop, and implement a corporate and foundation relations program, and develop and cultivate a viable pipeline of potential funders. You will be responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing corporate and foundation donors, as well as identifying new potential funders. An ability to employ active listening and clearly communicate the University’s mission is key.

As Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy, you will:

· Direct and coordinate activities related to increasing the visibility of the university among corporate and foundation prospects that will result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the university.

· Serve as the major gifts officer (prospect liaison) for priority prospects, maintaining a rigorous schedule of in-person contacts with corporate and foundation representatives both regionally and nationally.

· Develop highly competitive proposals for corporate and foundation prospects and leverage diverse corporate and foundation goals and preferences in conjunction with university goals.

· In collaboration with academic and advancement leadership, conceive strategic initiatives which meet the needs of the university and engage institutional partners in meaningful programs.

· Identify emerging business problems and industry trends with additional emphasis on developing mutually beneficial corporate and foundation partnerships, positioning the university as a solution-provider.

· Collaborate closely with development directors and deans/faculty to lead the identification and development of new initiatives to engage C-level executives and high-level alumni at major corporations and foundations.

· Work with campus deans, faculty, department chairs and advancement colleagues to align efforts and set goals.

· Supervise, manage and mentor the grant specialist and post award analyst, and student assistants assigned to CFP.

This job might be for you if:

  • You’re a true people person with an outgoing nature. You’re a self-starter and are driven by results.
  • You have at least eight years of nonprofit or higher education fundraising experience and have demonstrated experience securing individual major gifts and meeting objectives.
  • You are comfortable using technology to advance fundraising efforts.
  • You establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with external constituencies.
  • You have honed your writing and speaking skills and use them to compel individuals to action.
  • People are inspired by your determination. You bring people in line with a vision and motivate them to reach goals.


Employment Status: Full-time, At-Will, ‘Exempt’ position, included in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP).


First Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning on September 17, 2021.


Required Application Materials:

All applicants must submit 1). Letter of interest or cover letter, 2). Current resume or curriculum vitae, 3). Three professional references who can provide assessments of your professional experience, accomplishments, and prospects for success in this position, and 4). Diversity Statement – may include your interpretation of diversity, inclusion, gender equity and must include specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background/philosophy has prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 250 words).

Work Schedule

  • Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and evenings may be required.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Eight or more years of experience in fundraising with experience in major and principal gifts.
  • Supervisory experience.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills, highly- collaborative and team-oriented.
  • Creative, strategic, and forward-thinking.


Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Higher education advancement experience is preferred.
  • A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification and planned certification is preferred.



Anticipated Hiring Range:$8,333 – $10,000 per month

Classification Salary Range:: $4,583 – $13,750 per month


Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs that further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

Dimensions of diversity shall include but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
This position may be “Designated” under California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.  Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:
This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

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