Associate Director of Advancement, School of Public Health and Health Professions/School of Social Work (2 positions available)

Posted on 01/20/2023

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

University Advancement has openings for two highly-motivated and goal-oriented individuals who will be tasked with raising funds for two of the university’s key health sciences schools – the School of Public Health and Health Professions and the School of Social Work. Joining a dynamic team of fundraising professionals, these two associate directors of advancement will play an integral role in the university’s comprehensive advancement program, which is currently in the final stages of a transformative billion-dollar campaign.

As part of a robust talent management strategy, the associate directors will be given the opportunity to learn about other areas of the university and to work with a broad range of prospects in order to position them more strongly for advancement within the division and rank.

UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions is one of the nation’s top-ranked schools of public health. Its mission is simple—to improve the health of populations, communities, and individuals locally and globally through disciplinary and interdisciplinary education, research, and service. As researchers, practitioners and innovators, faculty and students work collaboratively to solve tomorrow’s most pressing health challenges today. The UB School of Social Work, a mid-sized professional school within the largest and most comprehensive research university in the State University of New York system, is a key member of UB’s strong health sciences cadre of schools. Distinctive for its diverse learning community, the school offers its students flexible academic programming with an emphasis on research-informed outcomes.

Desired candidates are those that seek a challenging and results-oriented opportunity within a complex, diverse and multidisciplinary organization. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, ambition, tenacity, and self-motivation, as well as a passion for the socio-economic impact of higher education on families and our communities. Our team is goal-oriented, supportive, innovative and fun, and we are looking for new colleagues who bring fresh perspectives and ideas. Candidates without direct fundraising experience that poses transferable skills are highly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

80% of Activity

  • Works closely with Executive Director of Advancement/Senior Director of Advancement, colleagues in the Division of University Advancement, as well as the deans, faculty, and key volunteers to pursue a coordinated and strategic program of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors for the School of Social Work/School of Public Health and Health Professions.
  • Develops and manages a donor/prospect portfolio of 125-150 individuals capable of making gifts of $50,000+ including individuals in early-stage cultivation and/or with whom the university has little to no relationship.
  • Documents contacts and strategies through the prospect tracking module of the EverTrue system, the in-house database for gift recording/reporting and all donor/prospect information. Adheres to the policies and procedures for accepting, recording, and acknowledging gifts.

20% of Activity

  • Participates as a full member of the University Advancement team, attending advancement officer meetings, professional development activities, and other staff meetings as appropriate.
  • Supports strategic operating plans for the School of Social Work/School of Public Health and Health Professions as directed by the Executive Director of Advancement/Senior Director of Advancement; establishes coordinated goals and implements programs to meet goals, university advancement policies and priorities.
  • Provides staff support for advisory/volunteer boards on advancement-related issues, as requested.
  • Participates in university and school events to cultivate relationships with donors, prospects, key volunteers, and all internal partners; as part of the career pathways program, the associate directors will also have opportunities to interact with leadership in other units.
  • Pursues a carefully crafted career professional development program that supports the advancement and growth within the division and rank.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of three years in a fund-development role, with demonstrated success in goalachievement, planning and personal solicitation. Related experience in professional sales/marketing, financial planning/advising and other fields will be considered.
  • Strong problem solving and oral and written communication skills. • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and interact effectively with donors or high-level volunteers.
  • Technical/digital competence.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration as well as the ability to work well both independently and collectively with a diverse team and donor/prospect constituency.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time, which includes local and regional visits, and work evenings and occasional weekends

Division of University of Advancement: 

Building stronger connections with UB’s 280,000+ alumni and donors worldwide is critical to the university’s goal: to situate UB among the nation’s top 25 public research universities. UB alumni and friends are grateful and generous, supporting the largest, most ambitious fundraising campaign the university has ever launched. Through Boldly Buffalo: The Campaign for UB, we seek to raise $1 billion. We invite you to join our University Advancement team and be part of this historic effort.

The University at Buffalo, a flagship university of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is a research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence and making a positive impact on the world. As a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities (AAU), UB is recognized as one of the leading research universities in the world, while remaining affordable for many firstgeneration students. Home to more than 31,000 students from diverse backgrounds, UB offers exceptional student experiences inside and outside the classroom. By attracting the world’s best faculty and students, UB elevates the educational experience, brings an influx of national and global talent to Western New York, secures federal investments in academic research that tackles pressing societal problems, and catalyzes growth and innovation across business and industry. Here, students and faculty work side by side, seeking knowledge and practice that leads to better health, stronger buildings, more compassionate and just communities, innovative ways to teach, a more sustainable environment and smarter business practices for our world.

The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic University community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. UB offers highly competitive salary and benefit packages for its advancement staff.

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