SUNY Delhi—Senior Advancement Officer/Major Gift Officer

September 26, 2018

Job Description:

The Senior Advancement Officer/Major Gift Officer is responsible for building relationships and securing support for major gifts from SUNY Delhi alumni, faculty and staff, parents, and friends of the college.  Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for College Advancement, the Senior Advancement Officer will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts from SUNY Delhi’s key constituencies.  This individual will work collaboratively with the Director of Annual Giving/Alumni Affairs, the Vice President for External Affairs, and the Assistant Vice President for College Advancement to identify prospects and to create giving opportunities that bundle capital, annual fund, and planned giving commitments where appropriate.

The Senior Advancement Officer (SAO) is an essential member of SUNY Delhi’s Advancement team. This professional will build, develop and manage a portfolio of prospects and be responsible for designing and implementing relationship building and solicitation strategies.  The SAO will maintain records of meaningful contacts, visits, solicitations and stewardship activities.  The SAO will travel frequently to engage and solicit prospects in support of Delhi students and the strategic priorities of the college.  The successful candidate will have a strong appreciation for the public higher education, and SUNY Delhi’s unique position in the higher education landscape.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years experience in fundraising, non-profit leadership, sales, or closely related field
  • Working knowledge of multiple areas of development including annual giving, major gifts and stewardship, planned giving
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated success in solicited and securing major gifts
  • Experience creating annual plan for major gift engagements/activities
  • Valid driver’s license, willingness and ability to travel extensively
  • Demonstrated analytical skills with ability to assess program strengths and weaknesses
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite
  • Experience working with database software

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing 6 figure gifts
  • Major gift fundraising experience in higher education
  • Experience fund raising in a capital campaign

Additional Information:

SUNY Delhi has a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and Cultural Diversity. The College welcomes responses from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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