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SUNY Oneonta Major Gift Officer in Oneonta, New York

Major Gift Officer



Department:College Advancement

Locations:Oneonta, NY

Posted:Dec 23, 2022


Position ID:157354


Job Description:

The Senior Advancement Officer - Major Gift Officer solicits alumni and other individuals for significant gifts to advance SUNY Oneonta's mission and strategic planning in support of students, faculty, staff and institutional programs. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for College Advancement.

The Division of College Advancement works to raise charitable gifts and grants for the College, strengthen alumni traditions and networks, and build sustained, long-term relationships that promote the reputation and success of the College. To learn more about the College or the Division of College Advancement, please visit

Duties include but not limited to:identify and build relationships that lead to soliciting and stewarding current and future donors with the goals to secure significant gifts of $25,000 to $1 million and above for the College at Oneonta Foundation. This is in support of our fundraising campaigns such as our current campaign, Grow.Thrive.Live The Future of SUNY Oneonta. Works with volunteers, College Advancement staff, and other college teammates; starts and builds relationships with potential donors; travels regionally and nationally to meet with donors and prospective donors. The successful candidate will be a strong advocate for SUNY Oneonta and its mission; will display creativity, initiative and excellent communication skills; and works collaboratively as a member of the College Advancement team.

Salary:$75,000; commensurate with experience. Information on SUNY's comprehensive benefits offerings can be found at


Required qualifications: bachelor's degree at the time of hire; excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to travel regionally and nationally; availability to work some evenings and weekends as needed; valid driver's license.

Preferred:minimum 5 years' experience in fundraising/advancement, financial planning, or related field; experience securing major gifts of $25,000 and above; excellent organization skills; familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite; prior of use of Blackbaud Raiser's Edge or similar constituent relationship management (CRM) product; professional experience working in a higher education environment; and 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 60-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 College 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 top 20 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 College's rating is 4.5 with one recent review noting that it is the people that make SUNY Oneonta so special.

Application Instructions:

To apply online go to: Please upload a resume and cover letter. Contact information for three professional references is also required.

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SUNY Oneonta values a diverse college community. Please visit our website on diversity at: Moreover, the College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.