Position Title: Associate Director of Advancement, Graduate School of Education
Posting Number: U1900041
Employer: UB Foundation Activities
Under the general leadership of the University at Buffalo's Vice President for University Advancement, the Associate Director of Advancement is charged with raising private gifts for the Graduate School of Education as part of the university's overall fundraising program.
This position is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a highly motivated, energetic professional who is eager to participate in the evolution of the fundraising programs at the University at Buffalo. The Associate Director will spend significant time identifying and cultivating potential new donors and nurturing existing relationships with alumni and friends of the university.
In this position, you will:
Work closely with the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement, as well as other staff members, faculty, and key volunteers to pursue a coordinated and strategic program of identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of annual and major gift prospects and donors for the for the assigned school/unit.
Develop and manage a donor/prospect portfolio of 100 – 150 individuals capable of making gifts of fifty thousand dollars plus, including individuals in early stage engagement and/or with whom the university has little to no relationship.
A minimum of three years in a fund-development role, with demonstrated success in goal-achievement, planning and personal solicitation. Related experience in professional sales/marketing, financial planning/advising and other fields will be considered.
Proven track record of individual success in achieving high-level measurable goals.
Strong problem solving and oral and written communication skills.
Experience making cold calls.
Demonstrated commitment to collaboration.
Ability to work well both independently and collectively with other team members and in managing multiple highly visible projects and priorities.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and interact effectively with donors or high-level volunteers.
Ability to travel up to 50% of the time, which includes local and regional visits; and work evenings and occasional weekends.
Fundraising experience at a higher education institution;
Demonstrated experience in engaging academic leaders, faculty and volunteer partners in the development of meaningful and productive relationships with prospects and donors;
Familiarity with and success in a complex environment such as a public university.
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowl¬edge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society.