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Associate Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations (MBL)

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer of the Marine Biological Laboratory and working closely with the  MBL Development Team and University of Chicago Foundation and Corporate Relations Team, the incumbent will manage all aspects of the MBL Foundation and Corporate relations, develop and implement initiatives that enhance the MBL’s relationships with and increase support from independent foundations and other select funding bodies.
Analyze foundation interests, assess opportunities and pursue foundation support for selected MBL programs and strategic initiatives in collaboration with management. Develop and implement ways to promote, cultivate and steward foundation and corporate funded and supported programs and projects across the MBL’s research and education programs. Enhance and expand the MBL’s portfolio of foundation and corporate partners.
Collaborate with Director of Research, Director of Education and other senior leadership to cultivate multi investigator proposals across resident and visiting faculty, fellows and Course Faculty where opportunities arise.  Prepare and develop complex documents such as proposals, reports and non-routine correspondence. Assist faculty in defining programs and budgetary needs for presentation to foundations
Serve as relationship manager and strategist for a portfolio of major, regional and family foundations.  Develop and monitor strategies for assigned foundations. Collaborate with Senior MBL staff and University of Chicago Foundation and Corporate Relations team to leverage existing corporate relationships and develop strategies to broaden this portfolio.  Prepare correspondence and other materials for senior leaders and faculty. Manage the execution of multiple projects, enlisting support of other staff where appropriate. Represent the MBL and serve as a liaison to foundation leaders and program staff.
Identify emerging program areas with funding promise and assist in the development of new projects.

Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the MBL’s research and education constituencies, through the University of Chicago and with colleagues at peer institutions.
Bachelor's degree or higher required.
  • A minimum of three years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required.
  • A minimum of one year of experience leading a project team or managing staff preferred.
  • A minimum of one year experience of developing and monitoring budgets preferred.
  • Exceptional writing and communications skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in philanthropy or program development preferred.

Applicants can apply online at or by emailing The position will remain open until filled.