SUNY New Paltz Seeks Senior Development Officer

Our Client, SUNY New Paltz, is conducting a search for a Senior Development Officer.  This represents an outstanding opportunity for a proven fundraising professional to be on the team at a leading institution which was recently ranked No. 6 in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report Best College’s Guidebook.

The job description follows.  Any appropriate candidates should submit a letter of application and resume to (preferred format is Microsoft Word, file extension “.doc”).


SUNY New Paltz Vacancy

Applications are invited for consideration for appointment to the following position:

Department:  Development and Alumni Relations
Budget Title:  Senior Staff Associate
Local Title:  Senior Development Officer
Posting Date:  February 12, 2014
Classification:  SL-5

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations invites applications for the position of Senior Development Officer.  This position serves as a leader for the major gift team in support of the Vice President of Development and Alumni relations, to cultivate high-level 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 Senior Development Officer also plays a key role in major and principal gift cultivation and solicitation efforts for the SUNY New Paltz Foundation.  This position will work collaboratively with senior leadership to plan and manage gift giving strategy with the objective of substantially increasing and sustaining philanthropic engagement and contributions over time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help to develop, oversee and actively grow a VIP parents’ council with the purpose of cultivating and ultimately soliciting high net worth parents.
  • Identify, prioritize, manage and grow a portfolio of prospects and new donors.
  • Develop and manage cultivation activities and events as part of a larger departmental strategic plan for prospect identification and cultivation.
  • 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.
  • Strengthen and grow fundraising and stewardship programs to support the near- and long-term goals of the College.


  • Bachelor’s Degree / Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Seven or more years’ progressively responsible experience in development or a related field that includes demonstrated track record of success with major gift cultivation, fundraising and stewardship.
  • Record of sustaining strong relationships with top-level 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.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

Contact Information:  Please note search number P14-02 on all materials submitted in connection with this search.  Please submit a letter of application and resume to  (Preferred format is Microsoft Word, file extension “.doc”)

Deadline:  Applications accepted until position is filled, priority given to applications received by 3/21/14.

Other important information about this vacancy:  SUNY New Paltz especially encourages applications from individuals who can bring diverse cultural and ethnic perspectives and experiences to the campus.

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.

SUNY New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.