Leadership Gifts Officer, Morrisville State College

May 16, 2018

About Morrisville State College:

Morrisville State, a college that leverages the expansive resources of the State University of New York, is a model of innovative applied education. Located in the center of New York State, the college offers students hands-on, experiential learning in modern classrooms and specialized facilities, many of which are rare or one-of-a-kind in higher education. Morrisville’s 3,000 students – who come from diverse backgrounds across the state and around the world – choose from more than 80 associate and bachelor degree programs that embrace agriculture, technology, business, social sciences, including Psychology, Criminal Justice, and the liberal arts. An internship program that prepares students for success in the 21st-century workplace ranks among the top ten in the nation. At Morrisville, motivated students work alongside talented faculty members – many with field experience – to imagine, build, and test practical, sustainable solutions to some of the fundamental questions confronting a shrinking world with diminishing resources.

The main campus is 30 miles southeast of Syracuse and 30 miles southwest of Utica; it is a half-hour drive from the New York State Thruway with easy access to Albany (two hours), Rochester (two hours), Buffalo (three hours) and New York City (four hours).

The Morrisville State College Norwich campus has been serving the Norwich community and the surrounding areas for more than 46 years, offering students associate degree options such as Criminal Justice, Computer Information Technology, and Nursing. The campus is also used by businesses, not-for-profits and community partners for training, events and videoconferencing.

The Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), administered by Morrisville State College, provides the urban community of Syracuse with innovative academic programs leading to higher education as well as vocational training programs leading to gainful employment and economic self-sufficiency.

Recognizing the importance of diversity in assuring the success of students and graduates in an increasingly global environment, Morrisville State College is committed to equity and inclusion in all aspects of hiring and employment.

Job Description:

The Leadership Gifts Officer (LGO) at SUNY Morrisville leads the College’s effort to discover and cultivate new leadership gift prospects.  Drawing from a pool of 40,000 alumni as well as parents and friends, the LGO will qualify and maintain new prospects, stewarding them through the gift cycle.  The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about the education SUNY Morrisville provides and eager to articulate the impact of philanthropic gifts to prospective donors.

Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Leadership Gifts Officer (LGO):

  • Develop a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects by drawing on existing donors and qualifying new leadership prospects
  • Play a key role in setting goals and metrics for face-to-face meetings as well as advising on the process and tracking of gift officer activity and outcomes
  • Understand and assess the interest of prospects under assignment in order to cultivate a strong relationship between them and the College and result in a meaningful and replicable leadership level gift
  • Work collaboratively with Institutional Advancement staff to steward donors, augment attendance at events, and make recommendations on volunteers and board members
  • Create, with the input of the Director of Annual Giving, a leadership giving society to cultivate, educate, and steward donors at the leadership level


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • 3 years successful experience in fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Demonstrated analytical skills with the ability to critically assess programs and results
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others towards a common goal
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently and work nights and weekends as required

Morrisville State College is seeking candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to providing leadership in building equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments.

Application Instructions:

Apply online at http://www.morrisville.edu/careers.  Application materials should include resume and cover letter.  Consideration of candidates will begin May 29, 2018 and continue until position is filled.

Morrisville State College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents and experiences. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups. AA/EOE

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