Senior Director/Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations* - CSU Dominguez Hills

California State University, Dominguez Hills - Carson, CA

Sterling Search Inc.has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Senior Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations for California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).


Located: Carson, CA (South Bay of Los Angeles)

California State University, Dominguez Hills(CSUDH)is a highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. Established in 1960, CSUDH is one of the 23 campuses in the California State University system.

Centrally located in the heart of Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills is comprised of a welcoming community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. With a mission rooted in social justice, CSUDH is committed to connecting students to an affordable, high-quality, and transformative education.

CSUDH is ranked among the nation’s top universities for diversity, accessibility, affordability,and commitment to community service:

  • Since 2012, CSUDH has been ranked amonthe Top 25 Master’s Universities in the nation for its “contribution to the public good” by Washington Monthly.

  • CSUDH ranked 4th in California and 18th nationally on the Overall Mobility Index, compiled by The Equal Opportunity Index(2017).

  • For its commitment to community engagement, CSUDH received the highly prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

Today, sixty-five percent of CSUDH students are the first in their families to attend college, and approximately ninety percent receive some form of financial aid.More than sixty percent of CSUDH students are female and eighty-five percent are under-represented minorities.

Corporate and Foundation Relations is housed within University Advancement. The position was first established five years ago and has had great success with brand name corporate and foundation gifts in the seven-figure range. The Senior Director/Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations reportto the Senior Associate Vice President of Development for University Advancement and managea small team of grant writers and a Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager.This is a strategic position that interfaces with the University Advancement senior management team, college deans, directors of development,and leadership on campus as appropriate. It is an entrepreneurial role that requires strong critical thinking, leadership,and organizational skills.The development team is cohesive,supportive,and long-tenured, and Its leadership promotes professional development and creativity.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward institutional gifts from corporations and private foundations.

  • Provides leadership and coordination to colleges, departments, and the Corporate and Foundation Relations(CFR) team regarding strategies to approach corporations and private foundationfor major gifts

  • Provides expertise to develop appropriate funding requests

  • Develops and implements fundraising strategies fora portfolio of institutional prospects

  • Promotes and manages multi-unit opportunities, encouraging interdisciplinary efforts

  • Directly manages all stages of the solicitation process, from prospect identification to proposal submission

  • Builds and preserves effective relationships with funders

The Senior Director/Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations will have considerable bandwidth to design and lead the CFR program. With the momentum of a new president and new strategic campus initiatives, which may lead to the initiation of the university’s first comprehensive campaign, this is an excellent time to join the CSUDH advancement team.

A competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate.

*Title and salary for this position will be commensurate with experience – e.g. Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations versus Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.


For more information or to send a resume contact:  or  Tel: 949 485 1319 or 714 433 7040

Sterling Search, Inc.

Direct all correspondence, emails,and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc. Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to CSUDH will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.

Posted On: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Position Contact
Andrea Taylor
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