Corporate and Foundation Relations Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Columbus

Website Franklin Park Conservatory

Job Summary: The Corporate and Foundation Relations Specialist (CFRS) represents the Conservatory’s fundraising priorities to corporate and foundation partners and offers creative opportunities to support our mission in the form of event sponsorships, exhibition sponsorships, general operating support, employee engagement, and program grant proposals. Success in this role will result in a larger, more deeply engaged corporate and foundation donor pool who supports the educational, horticultural, and social mission of the Conservatory on an annual basis.

The CFRS ensures appropriate benefits, deliverables, and stewardship touchpoints are managed and executed with a personal and meaningful touch. This position reports to the Vice President of Philanthropy and works closely with the Development Officer for Special Events and the Grant Writer. Keen attention to detail, resourcefulness, financial savvy and exceptional communication abilities are just a few of the key skills essential for success in this role.

Additional Information: This is a full-time, salaried position. The chosen candidate will be eligible for the Conservatory’s benefit package offered to full-time employees, which includes medical, dental and vision insurance, company paid Life/AD&D/Short-Term and Long-Term Disability insurance, participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement Program (OPERS), optional 457(b) Deferred Compensation plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), and complimentary membership to the Conservatory.


Builds relationships with current corporate and foundation partners to understand their current and future philanthropic priorities.

Has a firm understanding of the Conservatory’s core mission elements and the impact of those programs on individuals and the community.

In coordination with the VP of Philanthropy, develops a list of fundable projects, exhibitions, and operating priorities and develops best practice solicitation and relationship-building strategies to fulfill those priorities.

In coordination with the DO for Special Events, evaluates sponsorship packages for all special events, creates the package benefits, solicits sponsorship, and manages the deliverables and stewardship of the same.

Works with and supports the Grant Writer by communicating foundation opportunities and priorities, supporting the proposal process with information gathering and coordination, as appropriate.

Develops and maintains knowledge of city, corporate, and community giving interests, funding opportunities, staff and trends.

In coordination with the Development Committee and the VP of Philanthropy, increases the corporate prospect pool through vetting and strategy discussions.

Develops opportunities for associates of corporate partners to deepen their engagement with the Conservatory.

Regularly evaluates and reports the success of the corporate and foundation programs to the VP of Philanthropy, team, and Development Committee; establishes benchmarks for growing a successful program based on similar institutions.

Consistently utilizes the donor database as a repository of contact information, interactions, plan management and projected income.

Supports the creation of a culture of philanthropy within the Conservatory.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

3+ years’ experience managing complex projects on a fundraising team that have resulted in significant diverse contributions.

Preferably 2 years of experience with fundraising events and/or corporate sponsorship.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strong teamwork and collaboration skills; ability to actively listen and incorporate feedback.

Ability to demonstrate decision-making and prioritization of tasks in a fast-paced, evolving environment.

Excellent storytelling, relationship management, and project management abilities, including follow through.

Exceptional communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal).

Demonstrated orientation toward quality customer service.

Self-motivated with the ability to work as a team member, as well as independently to accomplish goals and reach or exceed established benchmarks.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Conservatory does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, lactation status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other protected status. The Conservatory values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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