Director of Development

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036778 Department Code 31301-0097 Department Institute for Veterans and Military Families Job Title Director of Development Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S5 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Director will be responsible for cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts from corporate, foundation and individual supporters who have an interest in supporting the Office of Veteran & Military Affairs and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.


Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred, with a minimum of four years of higher education or non-profit fund raising experience.
Experience working in a complex environment similar to Syracuse University, with proven experience working in a successful fundraising program.
Experience working with both individual supporters as well corporations/foundations.
Experience in volunteer recruitment and management.

Job Specific Qualifications

Demonstrated success in fund-raising specifically with corporate, foundation and individual prospects, including a track record of identifying, cultivating and closing business required.
Outstanding ability to network with corporate executives and with colleagues within a large academic institution.
Ideal candidate will be an articulate individual with personal integrity, strong interpersonal skills, creative, flexible, organized, and self-motivated, with good planning and follow-through.
Demonstrated ability in developing strategic plans and initiating and implementing programs.
Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral.
Discretion and an ability to interact with donors as well as an ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Ability and willingness to travel, as well as to work outside the normal workday.
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment.
Experience with capital campaign planning and execution preferred.


Manage an assigned prospect/donor portfolio of individuals, foundations and companies to solicit and close gifts for the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families with an emphasis on gifts at the $100,000+ level. Conduct all stages of the major gift solicitation process: qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward.

Develop, implement and drive fund-raising strategies designed to maximize current giving potential for each prospect in the assigned portfolio by creating support and facilitating cooperation throughout the campus community in pursuit of the best strategy for each donor.

Work collaboratively with unit and centrally based AEA offices including Advancement Services, Research & Prospect Systems, Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Gift Planning and University Communications. Develop and maintain relationships with faculty, administrators and staff volunteers associated with specific programs relevant to assigned prospects.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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