Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer (Full-Time) Donald Danforth Plant Science Center


Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer will participate in fundraising activities that advance the Danforth Center’s mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Danforth Center research leads to discoveries that help feed the hungry and improve human health, preserve and renew our environment, and enhance regional impact through innovation and talent development.

Salary Range: $55,800 – $72,841

Company Bio: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Founded in 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Our focus is scientific research at the nexus of food, energy, and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and develop unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work. We then convert that knowledge into valuable crops and products, and partner with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is proudly an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions at the Danforth Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Our policy is that the Danforth Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, and status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities. As a federal contractor, the Danforth Center is required to comply with the 2021 Executive Order mandating full vaccination status of employees by December 8, 2021 unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation due to physical disability or sincerely held religious belief. If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this website, please contact Human Resources, at 314-587-1033 for further assistance.


  • Research corporations and public and private foundations to identify potential grant funding opportunities
  • Establish and maintain relationships with prospective funders and write/prepare proposals, reports, and correspondence in accordance with the funder’s giving policies, guidelines and criteria
  • Manage active and prospective funders in the donor relations database (Raiser’s Edge) and report on activities using a moves management calendaring and tracking system
  • Partner with appropriate staff and research teams to generate successful proposals and reports, gaining feedback and clearance for final submissions
  • Arrange visits as appropriate for grantor and funder representatives
  • Ensure appropriate corporate and foundation funder recognition including recognition in annual publications
  • Maintain a fundamental understanding of the Danforth Center, as well as programs and projects for which funding is sought
  • Work with the Executive Director of Development in collective corporate and foundation relations efforts
  • Work with the Development Team on related activities and events as appropriate (occasional evenings and weekends)
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications / Requirements

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Demonstrates competency in writing and submitting varied philanthropic proposals and reports
  • Demonstrates knowledge of methods, practices, and procedures for obtaining and interpreting information about giving programs
  • Demonstrates experience in strategic corporate and foundation cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship techniques
  • Self-motivated and disciplined to regularly set and achieve work goals
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise, and professionalism
  • Ability to balance patience and respectful persistence
  • Demonstrates ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
  • Demonstrates a successful record of building relationships that generate special, multi-year, or recurring commitments from corporations and foundations
  • Ability to develop and implement strategies within a corporate partnership framework that considers multiple corporate funding channels (i.e. - gifts, grants, and sponsorship opportunities)
  • Computer proficiency (Microsoft Office Suite, Power Point, Outlook, Calendar tools, etc.)
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends as needed
  • Lives the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or master’s degree
  • 5+ years relevant nonprofit experience
  • Successful grant-writing and funder relationship-building experience


  • Cover letter clearly describing background, experience, and career goals
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references