Director of Development, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany

Posted: 05/17/18 | SHARE:


Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

The University at Albany invites applications for the position of Director of Development for the School of Public Health. The School is committed to advancing public health locally and around the world. Through its unique collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, the School offers unparalleled practice-based learning opportunities that prepare students to address urgent public health challenges.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development and collaborating closely with the Dean of the School of Public Health, the Director of Development is responsible for designing and executing solicitation strategies to secure gifts of $25,000+ to the School, as well as to the broader University, from alumni and friends. The Director will also solicit gifts at lower levels, with a particular focus on increasing the number of gifts that merit the donor's inclusion in the 1844 Society, which recognizes donors of $1,000+ to the University.  In addition, the Director works with the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to secure support from private foundations and corporations for School of Public Health priorities.


  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 100 prospective donors, engaging and soliciting them for gifts
  • Identify new prospective donors
  • Collaborate closely with the Dean of the School of Public Health to identify and communicate the School's fundraising priorities and strategies for achieving these priorities
  • Collaborate with the Dean and faculty members to engage and solicit key prospective donors
  • Collaborate with the Dean to staff and support the School's advisory board
  • Collaborate with the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to secure support from private foundations and corporations
  • Work with Donor Relations colleagues to ensure that donors are properly stewarded
  • 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 limited evening/weekend work


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or an internationally accredited organization
  • 7+ years of experience in higher education fundraising or related field
  • 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
  • A commitment to the School of Public Health's mission
  • A sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or an internationally accredited organization
  • Experience with higher education fundraising preferred
  • Experience soliciting an individual for a gift of $25,000 or more

Additional Information:

Reference No. P18-49918

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Staff Associate, SL-4

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Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

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

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Closing date for receipt of applications: June 16, 2018

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