Director Corporate and Foundation Relations

Job ID: 2017-2976
Job Location:
Randolph, Massachusetts

Type: Regular Full-Time
Category: Fundraising





The May Institute, providing services to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, is seeking a Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.


The ideal individual will be a dynamic, visible,  presence for the May Institute at events and in the fundraising community. The Director will need to have at least five years prior experience in grant writing and fund raising in a non-profit organization.


The May Institute serves thousands of individuals each year, and as one of the largest and most well-respected providers of autism services and special education schools throughout the U.S, this is a high profile position with the ability to drive positive results for those we serve. 


Join May Institute and help us change a life today—beginning with your own. 



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For more details see the below job description:


Job Description


The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for all aspects of the May’s solicitation and stewardship of philanthropic support from corporations and foundations.

S/he will maintain an in-depth knowledge of May Institute’s strategic priorities in order to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with grant funders and corporate partners.

S/he oversees the moves management process for grant applications and reports to foundations, corporations and government agencies, and works collaboratively with divisional managers and staff to accomplish successful proposal writing, reporting and stewardship. This person will work with the Senior Vice President, Philanthropy to ensure the grant and funding opportunities pursued match the strategic direction of the May Institute as a whole.

S/he will develop and manage solid partnerships with grantors and ensure deadlines are met, stewardship is developed and maintained, and a deliberate solicitation approach is coordinated.

This position collaborates with Program and Finance staff.


  • Collaborate with divisional leadership, Finance, and Program staff to meet funding goals by conducting interdepartmental planning sessions for proposal and budget development.
  • Write, edit, submit, and steward funding proposals.
  • Create and maintain the grant schedule for submitting proposals, reports and stewardship actions to current and prospective funding sources. Create and adhere to a timeline for the year and ensure that proposal and report deadlines are met per donor specifications.
  • Develop and cultivate new partnerships. Manage a portfolio of 50-75 corporations, private and corporate foundations, state and federal funding opportunities. Arrange and manage funder site visits.
  • Attend and participate in prospect management sessions with Philanthropy colleagues to coordinate moves management of funders, including prospect identification activity and strategy to solicit and close proposals and sponsorships.
  • Research and identify funding sources and prospects in response to current and future institutional priorities and needs.
  • Provide support to other development activities and campaigns as needed.
  • Provide professional, quality customer service to donors, members, volunteers, staff, and other community contacts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



• Bachelor’s degree required. 

• Minimum five years of grant writing, communications or public relations experience.

• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software. 

• Experience with fundraising and data management systems, specifically Raiser’s Edge, is highly desirable.

• Experience with moves management including but not limited to prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.



• Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing grants from a variety of sources and in developing relationships with donors.

• Well-disciplined, self-motivated and goal-driven; able to work with a high degree of independence with excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines.

• Exceptional organizational, verbal and written communication skills.

• Flexibility and willingness to assume new tasks and special projects.



• Ability to appropriately handle confidential matters and information.

• Ability to multi-task and prioritize work, with careful attention to detail.

• Ability to participate in cross-departmental projects, using tact and diplomacy.

• Ability to effectively identify, analyze and solve problems.

• Ability to work as part of a team.

• Flexibility to travel, the majority of which will be regional in scope.


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May Institute, an award-winning nonprofit organization, is one of the largest and most well-respected providers of services and special education schools for children and adults with autism and other special needs in Massachusetts and in the U.S.
CONTACT: 800.778.7601