Vice President for College Advancement, SUNY Potsdam

March 15, 2018

SUNY Potsdam is accepting on-line nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for College Advancement. Reporting to the President, the Vice President provides creative vision, leadership and direction to the Division of Advancement.  The Vice President leads a team of talented advancement professionals, with oversight of the College’s fundraising efforts, alumni engagement, stewardship, and advancement services; provides vision, leadership and direction for all initiatives aimed at enhancing the College’s development and philanthropic efforts, including corporate and foundation giving, and overseeing the next phase of the campus’s fundraising efforts as we transition from a highly successful comprehensive campaign; serves as Executive Director of the Potsdam College Foundation, working closely with the Foundation Board of Trustees to provide stewardship and oversight of the Foundation assets, as of June 30, 2017, valued at $36.7M; serves as a member of the President’s Council and campus Leadership Forum, and collaborates closely with the president and the entire campus community to develop strategic priorities for giving, fundraising acumen among campus members, and generally enhance the development capacity of the College; works collaboratively with the President’s Council and campus community on strategic planning; and represents the College at SUNY Advancement meetings and other professional fundraising and development meetings.  Required qualifications include a completed Bachelor’s degree; 5+ years of progressive experience in advancement, with demonstrated competence in fundraising and relationship development, particularly in seeking and closing major gifts, and the planning essential to undertake major fundraising campaigns and an annual fund; and evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and of ability to work collaboratively with constituencies from diverse backgrounds. Preferred qualifications: an advanced degree in a relevant field, and/or CFRE or similar certification.  The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate: the ability to initiate and successfully build relationships with prospective donors, alumni, volunteers, and foundation and corporate representatives; understanding of best practices in fundraising, alumni engagement, donor recognition, volunteer development and stewardship of financial assets; strong executive leadership skills, including organization, sound judgment, tact, a deep sense of confidentiality, and problem-solving; excellent interpersonal skills with a wide range of people, including faculty, staff, students, Foundation Trustees, and executives; strong networking skills; strong leadership, prioritization and time management skills; competence with and use of donor data bases, relationship management systems, and prospect research resources; an established record of effective public speaking and interpersonal and written communication skills; employee development and management skills; intrinsic drive and initiative to take action with minimal guidance, being comfortable working both as an individual and as part of a team.  For full consideration, application review begins April 16, 2018, however, the position is open until filled. To apply, please visit, job posting No. U-00266.