SUNY New Paltz Vacancy
External Posting (Professional)
Applications are invited for consideration for appointment to the following position:
Department: Development and Alumni Relations
Budget Title: Staff Associate
Local Title: Development Officer
Posting Date: July 26, 2017
Duties: The Office of Development and Alumni Relations invites applications for the position of Development Officer. This position serves as part of the fundraising team, to cultivate new and existing internal and external partnerships in order to develop and advance fundraising goals that match institutional program needs and initiatives with donor interest. The Development Officer plays a key role in major gift cultivation and solicitation efforts for the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. This position will work collaboratively with senior leadership to engage prospective supporters with the objective of substantially increasing and sustaining philanthropic engagement and contributions over time.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Responsible for developing and enhancing relationships with and philanthropic involvement from alumni, parents, and friends of SUNY New Paltz
• Identify, prioritize, manage, and grow a portfolio of prospects and new donors.
• Responsible for personally soliciting gifts of $10,000 to $250,000 to help ensure the success of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation’s upcoming capital campaign
• Develop and manage cultivation activities as part of a larger departmental strategic plan for prospect identification and cultivation
• Manage the marketing efforts of the Tower Society (planned giving program) and ensure proper stewardship of existing Tower Society members while engaging new members
• Maintain knowledge of current tax laws, investments and planned giving opportunities; use knowledge in prospect cultivation and solicitation as appropriate
• Work collaboratively with the Director of Alumni Relations and staff and leadership in the division of student affairs to engage prospective and current donors in building meaningful and strategic relationships for students (including public lectures and speaking opportunities, mentorship opportunities, internships, and similar opportunities)
• Assist administrators, faculty, and advisory boards in the recognition and prioritization of institutional and departmental funding needs; keep abreast of institutional and departmental priorities, College programs, personalities, and events
• Other duties and projects as assigned
Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
• Three to five years’ progressively responsible experience in development or a related field that includes demonstrated track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five-and six-figure range required
• Record of sustaining strong relationships with individual donors, gaining their trust while building deep partnerships with the organization and its representatives
• Superior verbal and written communication and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to craft complex written proposals that make a case for support
• Ability to take initiative, collaborate with others, and strategically align College and program needs with interests and resources of donors
• Capacity to engage people in diverse settings and contexts
• Knowledge of planned giving basics and applications
• Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Extensive local and national travel required. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
• Working knowledge of various software applications including fundraising relational databases and Microsoft Office Suite
• Commitment to professionalism, collegiality and a positive and productive approach to work.
• Ability to effectively manage multiple and competing priorities
Contact Information: Electronic submissions required. Candidates will be required to submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Please apply by visiting
Individuals with disabilities who need assistance with the application process should call (845) 257-3675.
Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled.
Other important information about this vacancy: This position offers full New York State benefits, which are among the most comprehensive in the nation. The State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective, public college that is recognized regionally for the strength of its academic programs. It is located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley with easy access to New York City and other nearby recreational and cultural amenities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity or protected veteran status. We especially encourage applications from individuals who can bring diverse cultural and ethnic perspectives and experiences to the campus.
Web Site: https://jobs.newpaltz.edu
The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer
Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the University Police Web site for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”) at www.newpaltz.edu/police/securityact.html.