Associate Director of Development for Annual Giving

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The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success.  Fredonia is focused on ensuring that all Fredonia students, utilizing knowledge developed through a broad range of intellectual experiences, will be:

  • Skilled (develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge),
  • Connected (engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship),
  • Creative (demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation), and
  • Responsible (activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism).

Read a message from State University of New York at Fredonia's President.

Job Description:

The Division of University Advancement is charged with creating and strengthening Fredonia's relationships with partners. As part of the UA Division, the Development Office is responsible for Fredonia's fundraising.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation plus comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, and vision insurance and retirement plan options including a fixed pension plan or a 401(A) with generous employer contributions;
  • Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.


Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating a robust and comprehensive annual giving program that includes personal, telephone, email, social media, and direct mail solicitation of alumni, faculty/staff, students, parents, and friends;
  • Developing strategic initiatives to increase financial support for the University by engaging new donors, improving donor retention, and increasing alumni participation rate, as well as total dollars raised annually;
  • Identifying, cultivating, and stewarding annual giving prospects and donors, including, annual, lapsed, and young alumni donors, as well as non-donors;
  • Enhancing internal and external identity of the Annual Giving Program;
  • Stewarding gifts received with appropriate responses to include actions such as thank you calls, letters, and e-mails;
  • Developing a strategic appeal directed to all campus faculty and staff, students and young alumni;
  • Fostering an understanding of philanthropy among students;
  • Collaborating with team members to facilitate special fundraising projects/efforts that support the mission of the University and Fredonia College Foundation;
  • Being an active member of the campus community by regularly attending campus events and assuming responsibility for campus and community service;
  • Fulfilling other duties that may be assigned as deemed necessary by the Interim VP for University Advancement;
  • Be aware of, understand, and follow all university policies.



  • Bachelor's degree;
  • Demonstrated excellence in written communication and interpersonal skills; attention to detail;
  • Ability to work in a complex institutional environment where coordination, teamwork and communication are paramount;
  • Experience and success in marketing, sales, fundraising or related fields;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and willingness to learn software programs;
  • The ability to travel; work evenings, weekends and overnight hours as necessary;
  • Possess a valid state-issued driver's license;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or as a member of a team;
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and constituents in support of campus and department mission;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the university, division, and profession.


  • Experience in social media outreach, annual giving process and activities;
  • Leadership and/or fundraising experience in a non-profit setting;
  • Prior experience in fundraising and/or program development;
  • Proven ability in relationship building on behalf of a non-profit organization;
  • Demonstrate commitment to campus and community engagement.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, UUP-represented Senior Staff Assistant (SL3), term appointed position beginning 01/02/2018.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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 [email protected].

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates shall apply and submit the required documents listed below by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Complete applications received by 06/30/2017 will be given full consideration.  Names and contact information for three professional references are required as part of the application.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV

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Posted: 6/14/2017
Application Due: 6/14/2018
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