Director of Advancement, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Position Summary

Under the general leadership of the University at Buffalo’s Sr. Associate Vice President for University Advancement, the Director of Advancement (“Director”) is responsible for securing private philanthropic support for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (“Jacobs School”) as part of the university’s overall fundraising program. Primarily, the Director will focus on soliciting gifts of six figures or more from alumni of the school. As prospects with the capacity and inclination to make principal gifts ($1M+) are identified, the Director also may cultivate, solicit and steward these potential donors in collaboration with the Executive Director of Advancement for the Jacobs School and other university advancement officers, including the Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Principal Gifts.

Desired candidates are those that seek a challenging and results-oriented opportunity within a complex, diverse and multidisciplinary organization. Potential candidates with intellectual curiosity, ambition, tenacity and self-motivation, coupled with a passion for the socio-economic impact of higher education on families and communities will be considered with specific interest. Candidates with a strong track record of goal-achievement and an interest in higher education research are encouraged to apply.

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has played a key role in a region-wide effort to establish an academic medical campus in downtown Buffalo. Supported by a historic comprehensive campaign, a brand new state-of-the-art medical school building opened on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in January 2018. The relocated medical school is the cornerstone of the region’s first and only academic medical center and is a driving force behind advanced health care delivery in Western New York.

UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence and making a positive impact on the world. Building strong connections with our 280,000+ alumni and donors worldwide is critical to fueling UB’s future, which includes the aspiration to be situated in the Top 25 of American public universities. Through the $1 billion Boldly Buffalo campaign, the Division of University Advancement is leading that charge by helping foster a new UB environment that broadens opportunities for alumni engagement, capitalizes on positive student experiences and builds philanthropic support.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of five years of fundraising (or transferable) experience, including program planning and personal solicitation; excellent written and oral communication skills; negotiation skills; proven success in goal achievement; ability to deal with complex concepts and ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration as well as the ability to work well both independently and collectively with a diverse team and donor/prospect constituency.
  • 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 25-50% of the time, including local and regional visits, and work evenings and occasional weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

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