Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer

Office of Institutional Advancement

Blackburn College, a unique four-year liberal arts college with a student-managed work program located in Carlinville, IL, seeks applications for Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer. The CFRO has the primary responsibility for researching grant opportunities, proposal preparation, grant management/oversight, and developing relationships with funding partners including corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Responsible for engaging with colleagues to facilitate proposal development and identify potential fundraising strategies to meet university needs, with a focus on building a pipeline of corporate, foundation, and government funding.

A Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree or advanced certifications preferred. At least 3 years (5 preferred) experience with demonstrated ability to write compelling proposals and develop content for alumni and donor audiences. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs and sheets, and database programs. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, team-oriented, strong time management skills, and ability to work independently and be self-directed. Ability/willingness to travel (domestic) on a limited basis  and mentor/supervise student worker(s) as assigned.

Blackburn College seeks to build an inclusive community that can engage the interests of a diverse population. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the diversity of our country, and as such we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and those with disabilities.

Please send a letter of application addressing the above expectations, including a description of what diversity means to you, a resume, cover letter, and the names/addresses/telephone numbers/email addresses of three to five references to: Human Resources, Blackburn College, 700 College Ave., Ludlum 110, Carlinville, IL 62626 or email Employment-based immigration sponsorship is not offered for this position. Phone calls or walk-ins not accepted.

Blackburn College is located in Carlinville, Illinois, a small rural community between Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO and has been called one of the “Best Small Towns in America.” It is the seat of Macoupin County and is within an easy drive to St. Louis, Missouri, and Springfield, Illinois.