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Job Code: 1917
Job Level: 16
Revised Date: 09/01/2010
Job Family: JF 34

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Occupational Summary

This position directs Duke Medicine's fund raising activities with private foundations, corporate foundations, and corporations. The Director works closely with Duke Medicine leadership, faculty, and staff in initiating, strengthening, and managing strategic relationships to advance philanthropic support for Duke Medicine. The Director coordinates efforts with Duke University's office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Duke University Health System's office of Corporate and Venture Development.

Work Performed

Effectively manage the institutional relationship with top Duke Medicine foundation prospects.

Prioritize according to ability, readiness and inclination.

Manage cultivation and solicitation strategies and prepare strategies in moves management format.

Coordinate with University and Health System programs involved in corporate relations to develop and expand philanthropic opportunities with corporate partners for Duke Medicine initiatives.

In particular, develop community corporate partnerships in fund raising support of new, large scale clinical facilities that have an impact on the citizens of our region.

Establish personal contacts with appropriate foundations for long-range cultivation and the establishment of viable relations.

Working with the Associate Director, analyze and recommend methods to match current interests of foundations with Duke Medicine priorities and faculty initiatives; work with administrators, deans, department heads and faculty to develop proposals; ensure appropriate contacts between Duke Medicine and foundation representatives.

Maintain current and up-to-date information on foundation opportunities; coordinate with the Offices of Research Administration and Research Support to alert faculty to competitive awards and to manage internal competitions.

Coordinate trips and accompany administrators and faculty to meetings with foundation and corporate representatives.

Coordinate campus visits by foundation and corporate representatives.

Prepare briefings for senior administrators and faculty for meetings, travel and campus visits.

Work with Duke Medicine gift officers on all foundation and corporate related funding requests.

Manage staff, including an Associate Director for Foundation Relations and an administrative support position.

Direct the corporate and foundation acknowledgement process.

Coordinate stewardship activity as needed with the Director of Special Events and Donor Relations.

Develop and monitor a budget for the Corporation and Foundation Relations program.

Serve as Duke Medicine Office of Development and Alumni Affairs liaison with University Development Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, with the Health System Office of Corporate and Venture Development.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Bachelor's degree required, Master's or advanced degree preferred.


Six years progressive experience in alumni affairs/public relations/fund raising/non profit or related field. Knowledge of foundations and/or experience in the non profit field is desirable, as is experience at the intersection of university and corporate partnerships.


Comfortable working in a team oriented environment.

Campaign experience preferred.

Experience working in a centralized/decentralized development organization.

Organization, interpersonal and communications skills.

Excellent writing skills.

Keen interest in science and technology preferred.

Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software, email software, the internet, and wireless equipment such as a Blackberry and laptop computer.

Ability and desire to travel.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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