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Director of Corporate Relations

Date Posted:  Jun 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  368690

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) is a statewide museum system with 12 locations including the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis and 11 historic sites in the Indiana communities of Evansville, Corydon, New Albany, Rome City, Madison, Fountain City, Geneva, New Harmony, Nashville, Vincennes, and Metamora.


MissionTo serve as a catalyst for informal lifelong learning that connects the stories of real people, places, and things.


VisionBe the leader in informal lifelong learning that is recognized, sought-after and celebrated regionally, nationally, and globally.



  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Transparency


Strategic Priorities:

  1. Engage and serve an expanded and diverse audience through transformative experiences: Collections. Exhibits. Programs.
  2. Translate/transform our historic sites from buildings/tours to experiences/legacies.
  3. Brand awareness and reputation management.
  4. Sustainability (product and financial).
  5. Organizational culture.


The starting pay for this role is $65,000 per year.

About the Job:

The Director of Corporate Relations furthers the mission of ISMHS by assuming responsibility for the strategic growth of corporate partnerships statewide. The person in the role will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward funding relationships with corporations and professional organizations to meet or exceed annual revenue goals in support of the institution’s mission.

This position is a vital part of the development team and reports to the Vice President of Development. The Director of Corporate Relations will be based in downtown Indianapolis and occasionally be required to travel statewide to work directly with the communities surrounding ISMHS’ 12 locations, as well as to work occasional weekends and evenings. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to build and strengthen relationships among corporations that result in an increase of funding support
  • Manage an active corporate portfolio of funders and prospects to secure support for exhibits, programs, and other institutional product offerings
  • Identify new corporate prospects through research, community outreach and relationship building to seek mutually beneficial partnerships 
  • Cultivate funding relationships year-round by facilitating meetings and on-going communications, while identifying and encouraging opportunities for corporate participation and engagement throughout the museum system
  • Write and prepare compelling sponsorship proposals, as well as aggregate, monitor and share data relevant to institutional product offerings
  • Evaluate and update ISMHS’ sponsorship benefits program as needed to deliver on-going value to partners and remain competitive within the market 
  • Work cross-departmentally within the museum system to ensure timely delivery of partnership benefits and compliance of all sponsorship agreements, including fulfillment of partnership deliverables and related marketing recognition
  • Track proposals, funder interactions, stewardship activities and reports through CRM database, Altru
  • Prepare briefing reports and serve as corporate funders’ primary liaison with ISMHS’ leadership team


The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent years of related work experience
  • Goal-oriented professional with strong organizational, project management and critical-thinking skills; must demonstrate initiative and ability to problem-solve
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills 
  • Ability to work independently, as well as to orchestrate projects with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Exceptional customer service and follow through
  • Ability to respond to people and situations with tact, diplomacy, discretion, and a sense of urgency
  • Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment where priorities and direction may change frequently

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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