Associate Manager Corporate Relations

Job Summary:

The Associate Manager Corporate Relations will be reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer of the Marine Biological Laboratory and working closely with the MBL Development Team and the University of Chicago Foundation and Corporate Relations Team.

You will manage all aspects of the MBL's 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.


  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Paid Time – Sick Time – Employees accrue 13 sick days per year. Holidays – MBL offers 10 paid holidays per year plus 2 floating holidays. Vacation Time – accrued based on years of service, beginning with 12 days per year.


  • 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 a 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 the 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 the 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.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher required in a related field. Preferred degree in biology or chemistry.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of three-plus years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required. Preferred related experience of at least six years.
  • A minimum of one plus years of experience leading a project team or managing staff.
  • A minimum of one plus years experience in developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in philanthropy or program development.

Physical Requirements:

  • This position requires sedentary work (exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects).
  • Worker must be able to stand, walk, sit, reach, push, pull, use fingertips, grasp, talk, hear, and perform repetitive motions.
  • Worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, viewing a computer terminal, and extensive reading.

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Job Type: Full-time


  • leading a project team or managing staff: 1 year (Required)
  • developing and monitoring budgets: 1 year (Required)
  • philanthropy or program development: 1 year (Required)
  • professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work: 3 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Job distance:

  • Woods Hole, MA: Between 21 and 30 miles (Preferred)