Associate Director of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Associate Director of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Category: Accounting/Finance

UTHealth Houston General Administration

Requisition #: 230001DI

UTHealth Houston’s Office of Development seeks an Associate Director of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations. This position works in alignment with the direction provided by development leadership to successfully secure philanthropic support from corporations and private foundations in support of UTHealth Houston’s mission to advance the health of our communities through education, research, and clinical care.

The Associate Director will manage a mixed portfolio of corporate and foundation donors and be charged with developing and implementing strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts. The successful candidate will support activities to expand the institution’s overall Corporate and Foundation Relations program by cultivating new relationships and funding opportunities. They will join UTHealth Houston at the close of the institution’s first comprehensive campaign, Many Faces. One Mission., which offers a unique opportunity to engage new corporate and foundation partners and steward existing donors.

Applicants must have at least three years of front line fundraising experience, preferably in higher education or health care, and a proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts of $25,000 and above. They must be a demonstrated self-starter with the ability to build strong relationships and work effectively in complex environments.

This role reports directly to the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and will have the opportunity for a hybrid/flexible work schedule and professional development.

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you wont want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Manages a portfolio of corporate and foundation donors and prospects.

  2. Works with prospect researchers to identify funding opportunities (RFP/RFA) that align with UTHealth Houstons institutional priorities and develop plans involving faculty to submit.

  3. Formulates solicitation strategies in conjunction with development leadership and coordinates implementation.

  4. Works closely with prospect researchers, development staff, deans, faculty and volunteers to identify and solicit for project-driven requests.

  5. Participates in solicitation calls and meetings. Prepares necessary materials for those calls, such as briefings and proposals.

  6. Assesses prospect interest, matching particular interests with school or institutional priorities and then facilitates involvement of donors in the activities of assigned area as appropriate.

  7. Ensures appropriate stewardship of gifts, to include providing informative and regular reports to donors.

  8. Works within current organizational systems to implement efficiently and effectively; maintains communications modules, and helps to modify or establish processes for continued smooth operations as needed by CEFR (grant calendars, stewardship and other processes).

  9. Engage with the Universities Sponsored Project and Technology Management teams as needed to understand and manage areas of potential risk and coordinate institution-level approvals.

  10. Travel as required to maintain relationships with donors and to cultivate new prospects.

  11. Ensures effectiveness and appropriate utilization of resources.

  12. May provide leadership, direction and guidance for the staff within the area of responsibility.

  13. May manage Human Resources activities for direct reports in regards to: recruiting and selection; hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluations, and salary planning.

  14. Performs other related duties as required.


Demonstrated experience working within the non-profit sector and/or equivalent and transferable professional skills. Ability to work with minimal supervision; demonstrated energetic and enthusiastic selfstarter with the ability to relate well with and influence decisions of a diverse constituency. Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and closing philanthropic gifts of $25,000 or above. Ability to systematically analyze complex issues and resolve problems quickly, using discretion with sensitive material. Ability to effectively communicate complex information clearly in oral and written formats to a variety of audiences. Skilled in working cooperatively in a team environment. Experience with Raisers Edge or similar software.

Minimum Education:

Bachelors degree required.

Minimum Experience:

Three (3) years of experience in corporate and foundation gift fundraising, preferably in higher education, healthcare or nonprofit.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.