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Sr. Associate Athletic Director of Athletic Development

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jun 18, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Student Affairs, Athletics, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job # 037125 Department Code 34203-7032 Department Athletics Job Title Sr. Associate Athletic Director of Athletic Development Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S7 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 Sr. Associate Athletic Director of Athletic Development will have a dual report to the Vice President for Development and the Athletic Director. The Sr. Associate Athletics Director is responsible for the creation and implementation of all athletic fundraising efforts for the 18 men’s and women’s sports programs including athletic facilities. This position is also responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major prospects and donors, and works closely with the Athletic volunteer leadership board(s). The Sr. Associate Athletics Director works directly with the central development office to meet overall fundraising needs, utilize centralized infrastructure and is critical for the continued fundraising success in the athletics.


• A Master’s degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.
• Seasoned development leader with a proven track record of major gift fundraising success in higher education is necessary (minimum 7-10 years).
• Successful experience with campaign fundraising for capital projects
• Demonstrated success in managing, supervising and motivating staff.
• Knowledge of donor related NCAA compliance rules and regulations.

Job Specific Qualifications

• The Sr. Associate AD will demonstrate success in major gift fundraising for Athletics and the ability to lead and manage a comprehensive development staff and operation.
• He/she must possess outstanding communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to build collaborative relationships.


In coordination with the Athletic Director and the Vice President for Central Teams, the Sr. Associate AD directs the department in strategic planning, organizing, implementing and managing all aspects of the departmental fundraising functions including direct supervision and assignment of athletics fundraising and engagement staff.

Travel nationally to cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors and prospects. Build and manage a portfolio of major and leadership gift prospects in support of SU Athletics.

Cultivates relationships between donors and athletics consistent with identified strategies.

Serves as the liaison between the athletics and the central development office assuring the unit is properly aligned with the central development office objectives, measures and evaluates gift officer performance consistent with metrics in the division, and that the use of all available resources and support services are being optimized.

Oversees all initiatives including planning, solicitation and acknowledgment related to Donor Priority Point System. Oversees the management of athletic endowments and research activities.

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.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 06/18/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants
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