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Senior Advancement Officer - Major Gift Officer

SUNY Oneonta
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 30, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents, Alumni Affairs, Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time
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About SUNY Oneonta:

SUNY Oneonta is a public college in central New York, enrolling about 6,500 students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees or certificates in one of 60-plus academic programs. Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully.

The College is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the top 20 picturesque small towns in America, according to Microsoft News. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year round. Each season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance, management, and culture. The College's rating is 4.5 with one recent review noting that it's the people that make SUNY Oneonta so special.

Job Description:

The Division of College Advancement at the State University of New York College at Oneonta invites applications for the position of Senior Advancement Officer - Major Gift Officer. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for College Advancement, expectations are to solicit alumni and other individuals for significant gifts to advance SUNY Oneonta's mission and strategic planning in support of students, faculty, staff and institutional programs.

The Division of College Advancement works to increase charitable giving for the College, strengthen alumni traditions and networks, and build sustained, long-term relationships that promote the reputation and success of the College. To learn more about the College or the Division of College Advancement, please visit or

Duties include but not limited to: identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of current and prospective donors with the goal to secure significant gifts of $25,000 to $1 million and above for the College at Oneonta Foundation; working with and in support of volunteers, Advancement staff, and other college representatives; initiating and enhancing relationships with potential donors; planning and conducting travel regionally and nationally to meet with donors and prospective donors. The successful candidate will be a strong advocate for SUNY Oneonta and its mission; will display creativity, initiative and excellent communication skills; and have the ability to work collaboratively as a member of the College Advancement team.


Required qualifications: bachelor's degree at the time of hire; excellent written communication and presentation skills; demonstrable success in building productive, long-term relationships with internal and external constituencies; proven ability to work independently and also collaboratively as part of a team; excellent organization skills; ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends as needed; valid driver's license.

Preferred: minimum 5 years' experience in fundraising/advancement, financial planning, or related field; experience securing major gifts of $25,000 and above; professional experience working in a higher education environment; and experience working with and serving diverse populations.

Additional Information:

For other employment and regional opportunities, please visit our website at:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

SUNY Oneonta values a diverse college community. Please visit our website on diversity at: Moreover, the College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

To apply online go to: Please upload a letter of interest and a resume. Contact information for three professional references will be required later in the search process.

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