D'Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families
Executive Director Military & Veteran Development
Commensurate with Experience
Standard University business hours
8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Unionized Position Code
The Executive Director (ED) will report to the Associate Vice
President for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation. The ED is
responsible for all aspects of development, fundraising, and donor
stewardship, in support of the University’s class-leading military,
veteran, and defense-related programs and initiatives, to include
the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families ( IVMF )
and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs ( OVMA ).
The ED will execute a comprehensive strategy leading a team
responsible for development operations, corporate/foundation
partnerships, annual giving, individual philanthropy, new
projects/initiatives, military-connected alumni programs, and donor
The ED will also manage a portfolio of corporate, foundation and
individual major gift prospects. The Ideal candidate will be an
experienced leader who is well versed in leading a fundraising team
raising more than $15 million per year from multiple sources
including corporate, foundation and individuals. The role requires
the ability to work across several units at the University in order
to accomplish mutual goals. The candidate will be a public face of
Syracuse University’s military and veteran initiatives and should
have experience presenting to C-Suite level executives and decision
- Experience leading a multi-functional fundraising team raising
support from corporate, foundation and individuals.
- Leadership and operational experience, including translating
strategic imperatives into actionable plans.
- A Master’s degree and/or equivalent combination of education
and experience is preferred.
- Minimum 7+ years of professional experience.
Job Specific Qualifications
- Effective verbal and written communication skills at the
- Experience in interacting professionally with a diverse
- Experience working effectively in an environment requiring
balancing multiple competing deadlines and priorities.
- Executes a veteran and military-connected ‘one-university’
development strategy. Directs strategic planning, organizing,
implementing and managing all aspects of the departmental
fundraising including direct supervision/assignment of a
seven-person fundraising team.
- Develops, implements and manages a university wide stewardship
program designed to foster and nurture long-term, meaningful
relationships between the University, IVMF, OVMA and its donors,
and enabling the team to engage in leadership activity with
partners. Provides support and measure strategies, cultivation
steps, solicitations and stewardship of prospects. Ensures proper
tracking and reporting in CITRUS .
- Evaluates performance within AEA Prospect Management
Guidelines. Travels locally/nationally to cultivate, solicit and
steward major gift donors and prospects. Build and manage a
portfolio of corporate, foundation and individual prospects.
- Leads the Assistant Director of Annual giving to increase
digital and annual giving to the D’Aniello Institute and the Office
of Veteran and Military Affairs. Provide support and strategic
input to the Assistant Director and external agencies in order to
diversify revenue and grow military and veteran related annual
funds and individual giving pipeline.
- Serves as the liaison between IVMF / OVMA 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
- Utilizes CITRUS and database systems for prospect management.
Serves as a member of the Advancement Leadership Team.
- Other duties as assigned.
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a
resume and cover letter.
About Syracuse University
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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,
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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
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visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails
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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
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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,
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