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Corp & Foundation Dev Officer

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The electronic application is the *official* document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

Department Contact

Department Contact Information

Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position

Department Contact Name Sheri Pettit
Department Contact Phone 575-646-1613
Department Contact Email

Posting Details

Posting Details

Requisition Number 1700453S
Classification Title Corp & Foundation Dev Officer
Position Job Title Corp & Foundation Dev Officer
College/Division Univ Advancement VP Office
Department 540001-Univ Advancement VP Office
Position Number 199550
Internal or External Search External - Open to all applicants
Appointment Full-time Equivalency 1.00
Reports To Position Title Dir, Corp/Found Relations
Target Hourly/Salary Rate $55,000 target entry
Pay Level 10
Pay Base Salary
Recruitment Summary

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Specifically duties regarding proposal submission and acceptance included but are not limited to:
Draft and submit letters of inquiry
Plan and coordinate development of proposals
Provide writing consultation and review of PI proposals to meet funder selection criteria with the most competitive submission possible
Assist in writing major stewardship reports and developing other stewardship and cultivation activities for foundation and corporate donors
Track status of proposals
Assist with post-funding reporting requirements
Specific duties will be assigned by the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, with the Associate Director expected to develop multi-point corporate and foundation partnerships while expanding existing relationships. Targeted fundraising objectives will align with the strategic goals of New Mexico State University

Demonstrate an understanding of a foundation/corporation’s capacity for support, existing relationships with NMSU, and alignment of University and corporate/foundation priorities.

Demonstrate self-direction and be able to work both independently and in partnership with faculty/staff to compose, edit, and coordinate materials, including proposals and budgets. Work with academic, research administrative, legal, and other campus offices during the pre and post-award phases to ensure compliance with University policies. Ensure that appropriate stewardship is conducted in connection with awards and participate directly in the stewardship process as appropriate.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in a related field

Required Experience

Three (3) years of professional experience related to the standard duties as outlined.

Classification Summary

Under administrative direction builds and sustains mutually beneficial relationships with corporations and foundations for advancing knowledge and supporting scholarships, programs, and research at NMSU. Works with campus partners including the president and provost’s office, the dean for research, College development officers, department chairs, and faculty members. Manages a portfolio; formulates and executes strategies to maximize potential gifts.

Classification Standard Duties

Manages a portfolio of corporations and/or foundations and maintains relationships on behalf of NMSU. Management of this portfolio includes all phases of the development cycle, including identification of opportunities, cultivation of foundation/corporate prospects through interaction with program officers, interaction with NMSU faculty and staff for strategy development, solicitation via proposal submissions or verbal pitches, and stewardship via assistance with reporting requirements. Manages and evaluates the design, development, and coordination of projects. Participates in committees and task forces designed to improve the quality of service to students and co-workers. Participates in training programs and professional development workshops and conferences. . Contributes creative, dynamic and forward-looking ideas and approaches by developing new relationships and deepening existing ones. Benchmarks with other institutions and to research policies and strategies. Completes reports related to recruitment, special programs, and professional development. Conducts research as appropriate to projects or initiatives within the work unit. Assists the Director in preparing and monitoring departmental goals. Develops objectives and activities based on department goals. Prepares or coordinates preparation of financial and administrative reports; analyzes and interprets statistics, financial data, and management planning data for predicting resource needs and developing long-range plans. Conducts and assists with the development of long and short-range goals. Serves as representative of the University at state, regional and national organizations, boards, councils, and committees as assigned. Acts as liaison with the community, students, faculty, and staff in facilitating university programs. Develops, maintains, and implements department policies and procedures.


Knowledge of communication and marketing strategies, processes and available resources. Knowledge of development writing strategies and rhetorical techniques. Knowledge of research methods and avenues. Knowledge of the principles and practices pertaining to the assigned department. Knowledge of budget management methods and techniques.


Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Skill in conceptualizing and refining ideas and approaches. Skill in creating written and verbal development presentations. Skill in the use of personal computers, related software applications and databases. Skill in organizing resources, establishing priorities and segmenting data. Must be an independent thinker. Skill in program development and execution. Skill in problem solving and decision-making. Skill in planning, analyzing and coordinating activities and establishing priorities. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.


Ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds. Ability to work with diverse deans, professors, researchers and development officers within colleges and units. Ability to provide excellent customer service. Ability to persuade and influence others.

Equivalency None
Preferred Qualifications
Required Certification/License
Special Requirements
Other Departmental Requirements
Standard Work Schedule Standard (M-F, 8-5)
If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe
Physical Work Location State NM-New Mexico
Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico DA-Dona Ana
Work Site
Contingent Upon Funding Contingent upon funding
Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Tenure Track No
Posting Date 09/12/2017
Closing Date 10/12/2017
Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional)
Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional)
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

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Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Environment Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
Physical Effort No or very limited physical effort required.
Lifting Requirements Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking.
Risk No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you become aware of this position opening?
    • NMSU Website
    • Las Cruces Sun News/El Paso Times
    • Albuquerque Journal
    • Chronicle of Higher Ed
    • New Mexico Department of Labor
    • Other (If other please answer next question)
  2. If you became aware of this posting from another source, please describe?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you meet the minimum qualifications for this position? (Student and/or volunteer work does not count towards experience)
    • Yes, I have a Bachelors degree plus 3 years of professional (post degree) experience
    • Yes, I have a Masters degree plus 1 year of professional (post Bachelor degree) experience
    • Yes, I have a Doctorate degree
    • No, I do not meet the minimum qualifications for this position

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate Combined)
Optional Documents