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SUNY Oneonta Assistant Director of Development, Donor Events and Communication in Oneonta, New York

Assistant Director of Development, Donor Events and Communication



Department:University Advancement

Locations:Oneonta, NY

Posted:May 23, 2023


Position ID:162708


Job Description:

The Division of University Advancement at the State University of New York at Oneonta invites applications for the position ofAssistant Director of Development, Donor Events and Communication. Expectations include, but are not limited to, developing and executing a series of engaging donor events. Additionally, this position is responsible for designing and implementing strategies for growing the 1889 Society, SUNY Oneonta's leadership annual giving society.

The Division of University Advancement raises charitable gifts and grants to strengthen alumni programs, traditions and networks, and build sustaining long-term relationships that enhance the financial resources, reputation and visibility of the college. The successful candidate will join an experienced, dynamic Advancement team that has forward momentum as it completes the Grow. Thrive. Live. comprehensive campaign. To learn more about the University and the Division, please visit and

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Plan and implement SUNY Oneonta's donor events, including the Celebration of Giving, named gift dedications, regional donor events, and the 1889 Society event series.

  • Collaborate with the Director of the Fund for Oneonta to create a solicitation strategy utilizing direct mail and electronic communications for growing the 1889 Society.

  • Lead all acknowledgment and stewardship strategies for the 1889 Society.

  • Write compelling and informative donor-directed pieces, including acknowledgment letters, stewardship reports, web content, and collateral for various campaigns, events and activities.

Salary: $58,000 - commensurate with experience. Information on SUNY's comprehensive benefits offerings can be found at


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

  • Two or more years of experience in fundraising, marketing, public relations, or a related field

  • Event management experience

  • Effective written communication skills.


  • Demonstrated professional success in fundraising, alumni engagement, or marketing

  • Experience developing or implementing a communication plan

  • Experience using The Raiser's Edge or a similar CRM system

  • Experience working with and serving diverse populations.

Additional Information:

SUNY Oneonta enrolls about 5,500 students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees or certificates in one of 70-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 university 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 20 Most 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 university's rating is 4.4, with one recent review noting that the people are what make SUNY Oneonta so special.

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SUNY Oneonta values a diverse university community. Please visit our website on diversity at: Moreover, the University 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 resume. Contact information for three professional references is required.

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