Regional Development Officer

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 06, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Regional Development Officer

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for a Regional Development Officer, in the Office of Advancement. The Regional Development Officer (RDO) shall have primary responsibility, through an assigned constituent region, for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Pioneer Society level donors, largely in the range of $1,000 – $10,000 for all purposes and designations within the established fundraising priorities for the College. The RDO will have principal responsibility for staffing a volunteer steering committee for his/her assigned geographic region and facilitate, through this committee, programs and activities designed to build and sustain relationships of alumni, parents, and friends, through the four channels of engagement: giving, volunteering, attending, and connecting (G.V.A.C.). The RDO will play a crucial role in helping to connect alumni with each other, and back to the College, through a variety of affinities such as class year, professional/career networks, academic majors, and undergraduate clubs and activities. Working closely with the regional steering committee, the RDO will play a collaborative role in fostering events, activities, and programs that celebrate the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the College.

Although based on the Utica College campus, there is the opportunity for this position to be fully remote if the candidate is located in a metropolitan location near one of our regions of focus, including Boston, MA and/or Washington, D.C.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background,  perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas.  At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.

Primary responsibilities include:

A. Frontline Fundraising (70%):
• Serving on the Development & Alumni Relations team, the RDO will be assigned a specific region that has a significant concentration of alumni, parents, and friends. She/he will collaborate with other members of the Advancement staff to plan and execute a focused engagement strategy to increase the number of donors and overall dollars contributed to the College on an annual basis, especially at the Pioneer Society level; encourage volunteering for various opportunities, encourage attendance at campus and regional events, and to connect with alumni and friends on the basis of class, academic major, undergraduate clubs and activities, professional affinities, and regional interests.
• Identify, recruit, manage the volunteers who constitute the steering committee of the Regional Alumni Network (RAN) for his/her assigned region, to ensure the strongest possible level of engagement by UC’s key constituent groups in that specified region with the programs and activities planned and executed by the College and/or the volunteer committee.
• Conduct personal visits in the assigned region in order to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors supporting established College fundraising priorities. The RDO is expected to secure a minimum of 10-15 quality personal visits (QPVs) per month throughout the fiscal year on an annual basis.
• Support the Director of Development and the other development officers on all matters pertaining to increasing the number of donors who give at the Pioneer Society level – contributions between $1,000 and $10,000.

B. Special Giving Initiatives (25%):
• Working closely with the Director of Development, and other RDOs, plan, implement, and monitor a comprehensive sponsorship initiative for Inter-Collegiate Athletics that provides annual and restricted support for the General Athletic Fund, and for specific teams. Personally, solicit a minimum of 35-50 business and corporate sponsors for annual or multi-year sponsorship contracts. Participate fully in the fulfillment and stewardship efforts for all sponsorship contributors.

C. Other Duties (5%):
• Participate fully in annual planning and goal setting for the Division, the department, the assigned region, and any integrated planning efforts.

D. Regular travel to assigned region(s) is required.


• Bachelor’s degree is required. Consideration may be given to candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience if that experience is in a college or university, or another nonprofit environment. 1-3 years of relevant experience is required, demonstrated successful fundraising experience is highly desirable.

Utica College:

Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.  

Application Information:

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a diversity statement. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link:

All application materials must be submitted online at the following link:

Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus. 

Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.