Director of Global Corporate and Foundation Engagement

Job Title: Director of Global Corporate and Foundation Engagement
Client: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Location: Phoenix Arizona, USA or London, UK
Job Type: Full Time Permanent
Salary: Commensurate with knowledge and experience. Supported by an attractive benefits program.
Closing Date: Open ended
Reference: Advancement 005
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The Director of Global Corporate and Foundation Engagement for Thunderbird will be a seasoned front-line fundraising professional who is comfortable establishing lasting philanthropic relationships with senior key individuals, corporations and foundations around the world, engaging Thunderbird alumni and other stakeholders with the School.

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He/She will report to the Senior Director of Engagement, working closely with the Dean/Director General and the Chief Engagement Officer, as well as with the larger engagement team and the School’s executive and academic leadership to engage alumni and other constituencies philanthropically. The Director will also collaborate with colleagues at the ASU Foundation (ASUF), the University’s private, non-profit fundraising arm.

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Location: This role can be based either within Thunderbird’s new Global Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, or from its new Regional Center of Excellence in London, UK. 

Travel: As needed, nationally and internationally, when necessary to execute strategic development plans for major donor prospects.

Thunderbird School of Global Management is at the vanguard of global leadership, management, and business education. With the #1-ranked Master’s in Global Management (WSJ/Times Higher Ed), Thunderbird is much more than a school. It is a global network of future-ready leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs across the private and public sectors who advance inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide to maximize the benefits of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

As part of Arizona State University, the most innovative school in the US, Thunderbird can draw on multiple disciplines of excellence to empower leaders across sectors with future-ready skills to advance inclusive and sustainable prosperity globally.

This November, Thunderbird will celebrate its 75th anniversary with the opening of a new state-of-the-art global headquarters in the heart of Phoenix, creating the most technologically advanced education headquarters on the planet. In addition to connecting students, faculty and more than 45,000 alumni across the world in one cutting-edge digital space, the new HQ will link more than a dozen current hubs, from London to Dubai, from LA and DC to Nairobi and Tokyo, with a dozen more Regional Centers of Excellence planned to open in coming months.

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To access the phenomenal opportunities that exist through successful engagement with Thunderbird alumni globally, we are seeking to connect with exceptional candidates with the right skill set, track record of securing 6 and 7 figure donations, and ambition who will grasp this opportunity, particularly as the School prepares the public phase of its current comprehensive campaign.

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This is an ideal opportunity for a high-performing development professional with a global mindset, who has proven experience developing innovative and impactful donor strategies and who has worked within a fast-paced organization. The successful candidate must possess outstanding interpersonal and communications skills, capable of forging collegial and productive working relationships with a broad range of personality types and styles. This person must have unquestioned integrity, curiosity, and the ability to listen and learn from others. Comfortable working in a goal-oriented and rapidly evolving environment, the applicant should possess:

  • 7+ years’ successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience, preferably in higher education, or related field.
  • Experience working in an international philanthropic environment.
  • A bachelor’s degree (a master’s degree is preferred).
  • Proven experience in strategic partnerships, project management and grant writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and electronically, with attention to detail and thoroughness when completing duties.
  • Confidence to deliver presentations to senior-level professionals and groups.
  • Proven experience securing personal appointments and qualifying new prospects.
  • Demonstrated achievement in securing and stewarding philanthropic investments.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a small team with limited resources, supporting the success of all colleagues and prioritizing the organization’s overall goals above personal achievement.
  • Hands-on problem-solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible and able to continually balance competing priorities.
  • Experience working within a dynamic, complex environment where there are continuous evolving urgencies and communication plans.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding university business and confidential prospect information related to Thunderbird and ASU.
  • An advocate’s belief in the vision of Thunderbird as the vanguard and global home for leadership and management education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ASU as a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed.