The Jackson Laboratory

  • Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

    Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
    Posted Date 1 day ago(1/17/2019 2:58 PM)
    Job ID
    Marketing, Customer Support and Business Development
  • Summary

    The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is an entrepreneurial, collaborative and experienced fundraising professional within the Office of Development and focused on corporate and foundation prospects and donors. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development with a dotted line to the Vice President, Advancement, this position will work in partnership with JAX scientific leadership to establish and advance relationships with key constituents. This successful candidate will have a record of identifying and building corporate and foundation relationships that resulted in seven-figure gifts or greater in the basic or life sciences sector.


    The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is an externally facing position responsible for identifying, initiating, building and soliciting a pool of key/high-level institutional relationships to secure high-impact philanthropic investments in JAX science, research, and programs.  The successful candidate will possess a deep understanding of science and research, an advanced scientific degree, and fundraising or investment experience with basic or life sciences organizations and institutions.


    • Lead JAX’s strategic efforts to develop and implement complex and multi-faceted fundraising strategies, solicitations and stewardship plans for an international portfolio of prominent foundations, leading corporate and venture fund philanthropists, and partners such as non-governmental organizations and public charities. 
    • Identify and prioritize mission-aligned institutional prospects and donors to engage and support JAX research and programs. 
    • Build close working relationships with a wide variety of internal JAX partners to successfully cultivate, solicit and steward external institutional donors. These partners will include JAX’s scientific directors, scientists and principal investigators, Office of Sponsored Programs, Finance, Facilities, and Office of Translational Science and Network Alliances. 
    • Coordinate meetings and site visits with corporate and foundation leaders to promote JAX’s research excellence and create collaborative funding opportunities. 
    • Establish a deep working knowledge of JAX research programs, genomics, and laboratory research in partnership with JAX internal stakeholders.
    • Strategically develop funding opportunities for research priorities at JAX, education programs and capital projects, in partnership with key internal stakeholders and, when appropriate, members of the board of directors.
    • Provide overall direction and coordination when developing funding proposals.
    • Work closely with JAX scientific writers and serve as proposal editor.
    • Forge and lead new approaches for successful stewardship and reporting to key philanthropic partners, including establishing internal mechanisms to track and engage scientific progress on an ongoing basis.
    • Maintain advanced knowledge and understanding of philanthropic and fundraising best practices to interact capably with donors and their advisors on charitable gifts.
    • Serve as an effective spokesperson and champion for JAX both through verbal and written communication. 


    • Advanced degree required.
    • 5+ years related experience working with corporate and foundation funders to support science and/or research-based organizations.
    • Solid understanding of genetics, genomics, precision medicine, and translational science. Familiarity with computational biology is desirable.
    • Experience with transformative philanthropy and the needs to advance and steward these types of gift conversations and relationships.
    • Experience working in a fast-paced, matrixed organization with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
    • Must have excellent interpersonal, organizational and facilitation skills and be confident approaching and communicating with personnel at all levels of The Jackson Laboratory and external customers and scientists
    • Ability to organize, prioritize, manage and monitor multiple projects to successful completion, adapting to shifting priorities in a high-pressure environment
    • Entrepreneurial, independent, deeply collaborative and diplomatic.
    • Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage competing demands and changing pace of priorities; comfortable dealing with all levels of institutional staff.
    • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge or other similar donor or customer relationship databases.

    About Us

    The Jackson Laboratory, (JAX, is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 2,000 employees whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. ​ JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine; JAXWest; a facility in Sacramento, CA, and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM); a new genomic medicine facility in Farmington, CT that is enabling the Laboratory to translate its fundamental science into the clinic. In addition to its National Cancer Center Institute-designated Cancer Center, the Laboratory also has initiated a cancer research laboratory in Seoul, Korea.


    JAX-GM is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX-GM’s research focuses on the complex genetic causes of disease, and on the development of genomic solutions tailored to each person's unique genetic makeup.


    JAX-GM sits on a 17-acre site on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center. The 183,500-square-foot facility opened in the fall of 2014. Now, it houses over 300 biomedical researchers, technicians and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories. Our employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives.


    JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!


    Our Values:

    • INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right
    • PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all
    • ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science
    • EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results
    • INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions
    • STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us


    What do we have to offer?                                                                                                                                     

    JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off and tuition reimbursement.  JAX offers an MBA program, a fitness center with an award winning wellness program, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.

    Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health


    The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

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