Director of Development, Rockefeller College and School of Criminal Justice

University at Albany   Albany, NY   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on January 13, 2023
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Director of Development, Rockefeller College and School of Criminal Justice

About University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,900 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:

UAlbany seeks an enterprising fundraising professional to strengthen philanthropic support for the University, with a special emphasis on securing gifts to Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and the School of Criminal Justice.

The Director will be responsible for engaging alumni and friends and designing and executing solicitations that secure support for the highest strategic priorities of the University, Rockefeller College, and the School of Criminal Justice. The director will collaborate with campus partners, in particular the Dean of Rockefeller College and the Senior Executive Director of the School of Criminal Justice, and develop coordinated strategies aimed at maximizing the engagement of a portfolio consisting of approximately 150 prospects.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of individuals through the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship cycles; forge relationships with a diverse population of prospects to secure gifts that advance the University, Rockefeller College, and the School of Criminal Justice to new levels of distinction.
  • Meet with prospects, often in tandem with the dean, senior executive director, and faculty members; work proactively to deepen prospects' engagement through substantive campus visits and other strategies.
  • Oversee the preparation of proposals, talking points, and briefings for the dean and senior executive director; ensure that all stakeholders are involved in key efforts focused on specific prospects.
  • Collaborate closely with the dean and senior executive director to identify and articulate their fundraising priorities.
  • Work with donor relations colleagues to ensure that donors are properly stewarded.
  • Collaborate with the associate vice president for planned giving to design prospect strategies for complex solicitations and identify appropriate giving vehicles.
  • Remain current in evolving trends in philanthropy.
  • Collaborate with the dean to manage the dean's advisory board, identify and recruit new members, and create strategies and initiatives to deepen the board's engagement. 



  • At least three years of progressively responsible experience in development with a proven ability to engage individuals and secure gifts; the ability to inspire donors to provide significant philanthropic support.
  • Ability to raise donor sights, articulate aspirational goals and ideas, set priorities, and present philanthropic opportunities.
  • Understanding and appreciation for the philanthropic process and individual giving behaviors combined with direct solicitation experience.
  • Experience working with senior leadership, faculty, and development colleagues to raise significant funds to further the mission and goals of an institution.
  • Working knowledge of planned giving and/or estate planning concepts.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial spirit; strong intellectual curiosity.
  • The professional credibility, intellectual depth, maturity, poise, and collaborative skills to garner the trust and confidence of the dean, senior executive director, faculty, and volunteer leaders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated presentation abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work across a complex organization.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated analytical and strategic thinking skills; the ability to embrace ambiguity and challenges.
  • Demonstrated integrity and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with appropriate discretion.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and foster inclusiveness.
  • Bachelor's degree required.

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: SL5, Director of Fundraising (pending approval) 

Salary range for this position is $85,000 - $90,000; commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for hybrid work.

UAlbany provides a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees including, the choice between several health insurance plans and no-cost dental and vision coverage. Additionally, employees are entitled to 13 holidays per year with generous vacation and sick time accruals. Employees can also choose between two retirement vehicles with employer contributions and receive tuition assistance at SUNY-operated campuses. To see the complete listing of benefits please visit here.

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Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Writing sample
  • Contact information for three professional references

Note: After submitting your resume, the subsequent pages give you instructions for uploading additional documents (i.e. cover letter etc.).

Closing date for receipt of applications: January 22, 2023