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Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, USC Schaeffer Center

Sol Price School of Public Policy Los Angeles, California

In order for your application to be considered, please attach a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to your employment application.

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is seeking a Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations.  Reporting to the Schaeffer Center’s co-directors and the Price School’s Associate Dean of Advancement, the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations plays a vital role in supporting the growth of the Schaeffer Center’s private philanthropy and focusing on revenue generation for the Price School’s health policy research and education. 

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles.  As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the Trojan Family, which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

With more than $200 million raised from private philanthropy and other sources, the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics is an important part of advancement at the University of Southern California.  A collaboration of the Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the USC Schaeffer Center’s mission is to measurably improve value in health through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public sector engagement.  At the Schaeffer Center, two sources of private philanthropy provide support for research, programs, staff, operations, and fellowships: advisory board members with whom the Center has a longstanding relationship and Foundations with an interest in health policy.  The Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations is responsible for supporting the growth of the Schaeffer Center’s private philanthropy with a focus on these two revenue sources.

USC is poised for significant growth in health sciences and related health endeavors through a targeted philanthropic campaign to support interdisciplinary collaboration across the university.  The Schaeffer Center and Price School will be key stakeholders in this campaign by partnering with other USC schools to seek large grants for research and corporate support for education and programs.  The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations will be a leader in these efforts.


  • Manage fundraising portfolio corporations and foundations, including current donors and prospects that give to health policy and education.

  • Lead efforts to apply for grants from foundations and seek corporate support for research, programs, and general operations for the USC Schaeffer Center. Provide stewardship for current foundation grantors and corporate donors

  • In collaboration with PIs, draft grant proposals and stewardship reports. Provide grant-writing and administrative support as needed.

  • Secure new corporate donors and members of the Schaeffer Center Advisory Board. Solicit individual gifts in connection with the Schaeffer Center Advisory Board and outside of it.

  • In collaboration with Schaeffer Center leadership, manage relationships with Schaeffer Center Advisory Board members.

  • Represent the Price School and the Schaeffer Center at meetings, cultivation and fundraising events.

  • Ensure USC Advancement protocols are followed in all aspects of the donor process, including gift processing and acknowledgment, prospecting, soliciting, and stewarding.

  • Track progress and results in Salesforce, the USC Advancement database, following USC’s prospect management guidelines.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience:

7 years

Preferred Education:

Master’s degree or similar experience with health sciences / healthcare policy

Preferred Experience:

10 years

This is a full-time, three year fixed-term position, hybrid work arrangement.

The salary rate range for this position is $140,167.53 - $160,439.98. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The USC Price School Advancement Team is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which all staff and our stakeholders have the opportunity to connect, belong, and grow while supporting the University of Southern California’s mission, values, and goals.

Some work will be on the main USC campus.  There will be some opportunities for remote work as well.  Location and schedule will change based on tasks.  Ability to work evening and weekend hours for events as needed.

For consideration, please include a compelling cover letter, your resume, and a writing sample that demonstrates your experience communicating with foundations or corporations. The writing sample could be a nonproprietary grant application, corporate sponsorship proposal, or similar solicitation.  You should be the main author of the submission.  These documents may be attached as one or multiple documents.  Incomplete applications may not be considered.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiringordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at  uschr@usc.eduInquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree Addtional Education Requirements Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 7 years Addtional Experience Requirements Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum work experience Minimum Skills: Experience in development, maintaining meaningful relationships with a wide variety of internal/external stakeholders One year of management experience. Ability to self-manage, prioritize work assignments and manage multiple deadlines. Experience maintaining and interpreting large datasets and database systems. Excellent planning, organizational and interpersonal skills. Detail oriented with excellent written and oral communication skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office. Preferred Education: Master's degree Preferred Experience: 10 years Preferred Skills: Master's degree in business administration or a related field. Development experience in higher education. Experience in management/leadership roles. Volunteer experience in fundraising, campaign or non-profit environments. Experience with email marketing, website development/coding and Adobe Creative Suite. Extensive customer service experience. Fluent in one or more language in addition to English (e.g., Spanish).

REQ20144615 Posted Date: 04/29/2024

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