Becker Career Center

Development Officer for Athletics, University at Albany, Albany, NY

POSTED: 07/18/18

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development, the Development Officer for UAlbany's Division of Athletics is responsible for designing and executing solicitation strategies to secure gifts of $25,000+ from alumni and friends of the University at Albany, with special responsibility for securing gifts to UAlbany's Division 1 athletics program. The Development Officer will also increase the number of gifts of $1,000+ that provide valuable unrestricted support to the athletics program. 


  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 100 prospective donors, engaging and soliciting them for gifts of $1,000 to $25,000+
  • Identify new prospective donors
  • Collaborate closely with the Director of Athletics to identify and articulate fundraising priorities and strategies for achieving these priorities
  • Collaborate with the Director of Athletics and coaches to engage and solicit key prospective donors
  • Collaborate with the University's Office of Annual Giving to promote current use operating support for the Great Dane Athletic Club (GDAC)
  • Help staff the Athletics Advisory Board
  • Work with Donor Relations colleagues to ensure that donors are properly stewarded, conveying gratitude for the impact of their gifts
  • Maintain accurate records using the development program's database to record contacts and other activities related to assigned prospects
  • Help coordinate special projects and events in support of fundraising efforts
  • Significant travel and extensive evening/weekend work


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • 5+ years of combined experience in higher education fundraising, athletics or related fields; direct experience in fundraising for NCAA Division I athletics program preferred
  • Proven ability to qualify, engage and secure gifts from high-level prospective donors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Computer literacy, especially with relational databases
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups of people

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Please apply by July 21 online via

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications