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U220015 - Director of Advancement - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Position Summary:
Under the general leadership of the University at Buffalo’s Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement, the Director of Advancement will be responsible for raising private gifts for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) as part of the university’s overall fundraising program. The Director will:
  • Work closely with the Senior Director and colleagues in the Division of University Advancement, as well as the dean, faculty, and key volunteers to pursue a coordinated and strategic program of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors for SEAS.
  • Develop and manage a donor/prospect portfolio of approximately 125 individuals capable of making gifts of $750,000+, including individuals in early-stage cultivation and/or with whom the university has little to no relationship.
  • This position is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a highly motivated, energetic fundraising professional who is eager to participate in the evolution of the fundraising programs at the University at Buffalo. The Director will join a team of professionals who are focused on ensuring sustainable philanthropic growth commensurate with the needs of SEAS by engaging alumni and friends, soliciting prospects and stewarding donors in a professional and collaborative manner.
  • As prospects with the capacity and inclination to make principal gifts are identified, the Director also may cultivate, solicit and steward these potential donors in collaboration with the Senior Director and other university gift officers.

Salary Range: $85,000 – $95,000
Division of University Advancement
Building stronger connections with UB’s 280,000+ alumni and donors worldwide is critical to the university’s goal: to situate UB among the nation’s top 25 public research universities. UB alumni and friends are grateful and generous, supporting the largest, most ambitious fundraising campaign the university has ever launched. Through the Boldly Buffalo: The Campaign for UB, we seek to raise $1 billion. We invite you to join our University Advancement team and be part of our historic efforts.
University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo, a flagship university of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is a research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence and making a positive impact on the world. As a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities (AAU), UB is recognized as one of the leading research universities in the world, while remaining affordable for many first-generation students. Home to more than 31,000 students from diverse backgrounds, UB offers exceptional student experiences inside and outside the classroom. By attracting the world’s best faculty and students, UB elevates the educational experience, brings an influx of national and global talent to Western New York, secures federal investments in academic research that tackles pressing societal problems, and catalyzes growth and innovation across business and industry. Here, students and faculty work side by side, seeking knowledge and practice that leads to better health, stronger buildings, more compassionate and just communities, innovative ways to teach, a more sustainable environment and smarter business practices for our world.
As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the University at Buffalo will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of three years of fundraising or comparable revenue-generation experience, including personal solicitation and proven success in goal achievement.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; negotiation skills; and the ability to deal with complex concepts and ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration.
  • Excellent and mature judgment.
  • Technical/digital competence.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and interact effectively with donors and high-level volunteers.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time, including local and regional visits, and work evenings and occasional weekends.

FTE:  1.00
University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and in keeping with our commitment, encourages women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans to apply.