Position Title: Senior Executive Director of Advancement, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Posting Number: U2000011
Employer: UB Foundation Activities
The Senior Executive Director of Advancement is responsible for:
Leading a comprehensive fundraising program for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in support of school and campaign priorities.
Working closely with the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement and the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as well as key faculty in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospects and donors capable of making gifts and commitments in the six- and seven-figure range.
Consistent with the university's interdisciplinary strategic plan UB2020, the Senior Executive Director will communicate the needs and priorities of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to advancement professionals across the university and will work with them to encourage gifts to the school. Likewise the Senior Executive Director will be alert to and pursue fundraising opportunities for university priorities outside of the school as appropriate to facilitate donor interests.
UB Engineering is ranked 45th among public universities and 63rd among all undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report. At UB, our can-do, solutions-oriented approach prepares our graduates to address real-world needs for robust, resilient bridges and buildings that can withstand powerful earthquakes; clean, affordable drinking water for remote rural areas; sophisticated navigation and safety systems for self-driving cars; cardiac pacemakers that don't require batteries; and better ways of getting medicine and food to remote, underserved areas. In the spirit of practicing what we preach, we're re-engineering our own facilities to create a collaborative and inspiring environment for learning and research.
A minimum of five years major and/or gift fundraising experience, including professional staff management, program planning and personal solicitation. Related experiences in sales/marketing, financial planning and other fields will be considered.
Excellent written and oral communication skills; negotiation skills; proven success in goal achievement for operating, capital, and endowment fund development.
Project management experience.
Familiarity with and success in the complex environment of a large public university.
Experience in engaging academic leaders, faculty and volunteer partners in the development of meaningful and productive relationships with prospects and donors.
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowl¬edge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society.