Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Location: Remote or Baltimore/DC Metro

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Position Summary: Are you passionate about utilizing your gifts to connect people to God’s work around the world? The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations will play a critical role in the success of World Relief’s fundraising goals. S/he will join the corporate and foundation team as a development officer and is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private foundation gifts and grants in support of World Relief’s priorities. S/he will develop and implement strategies that align our strengths, initiatives, and priorities with foundation programs, and will play a key role in positioning the organization on the leading edge within a myriad of disciplines in an effort to increase foundation grants and collaborations for World Relief. Strong candidates will have a background in communications, relationship management and strategy.

This position will report to the Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and collaborate with the President’s Office, the Foundations Manager, and program department leaders. The position will be part of defining strategy, writing high impact proposals/reports and developing relevant content to generate leads. Ideal candidates will bring an existing network of foundation relationships, and a penchant for teamwork, flexibility, and creative thinking. They will drive towards results. Collaborate in ways that deliver. Persist and innovate over time to reach success.


  • Cultivate and build “best of class” partnerships with corporate and private foundations.

  • Identify and develop new strategic and collaborative funding opportunities/initiatives with current and potential partners

  • Develop and submit proposals, drawing on input and expertise from program staff

  • Coordinate necessary internal and external resources to ensure all grant programs are effectively executed and partners’ needs are fully met

  • Ensure timely receipt of project deliverables and required reports; prepare and submit consolidated reports to funders and other internal and external stakeholders on the progress of partnerships with foundations

  • Travel and represent World Relief at meetings with prospects, conferences, and events.

  • Navigate a complex relationship map of internal and external players.

  • Deliver world class written and verbal communication and demonstrates the impact of giving to World Relief.

  • Function as part of a team environment with key leaders in the organization, including at the SVP, President and CEO level.

  • Drive towards expansive revenue growth for World Relief.

  • Research foundations whose mission aligns with our vision and build deep relationships to the point of a grant award—creative thinking, persistence and entrepreneurialism needed.

  • Equip the SVP of Strategic Engagement and the President with the tools they need to lead our biggest foundation relationships with excellence.

  • Understand the deep connection between various foundations and their funding sources.



  • Deep knowledge and understanding of foundations, and, ideally, an existing network of contacts in the field

  • Prior fundraising and mobilization experience

  • Ability to articulate World Relief’s mission and position persuasively to diverse audiences.

  • Ability to use Raiser’s Edge donor tracking system or equivalent.

  • Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail orientation.

  • Good understanding of World Relief and/or integral (holistic) mission

  • Ability to work effectively both as a team member and independently

  • Ability to capture and organize complex information

  • Commitment to World Relief Core Values and Mission Statement

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Flexibility and ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects

  • Experience finding creative ways to optimize limited resources

  • Mature team player with strong interpersonal skills and high “emotional quotient”

  • Ability to clearly articulate personal walk with Christ.



  • Mature and personal Christian faith

  • Committed to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief

  • Desire to serve and empower the Church to impact vulnerable communities

  • Graduate level degree and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in sales, foundation work, fundraising, and communications.

  • Experience in project management

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; attention to detail and ability to execute well.

  • Ability to conduct long or irregular hours during periods of preparation for events

  • Based regionally in the United States, Baltimore preferred

  • Travel may be up to 40% and may include rural areas in developing world.