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Job Title: Director of Development (Director of Fundraising) (SL-5)
Location: Purchase, NY United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 10/05/2022
Expire Date: 12/05/2022
Job Categories: Development and Fund Raising
Job Description
Director of Development (Director of Fundraising) (SL-5)
Director of Development (Director of Fundraising) (SL-5)
Posting Number S196P

Purchase College seeks two experienced Directors of Development to build relationships with donors and secure major gifts in support of our students, dynamic programs, and impactful mission. The successful candidates will be skilled, relationship-oriented fundraisers, committed to and enthusiastic about the College’s ambitions and the needs of our students. They will have the desire to work in a dynamic learning community that celebrates diversity and creativity. The Directors will build meaningful relationships with supporters that result in significant major gifts and ever-increasing levels of giving. Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, the successful candidates will also be skilled in and enjoy the process of identifying prospects and donors, engaging them meaningfully, and ultimately inspiring them to give.

The Director of Development is responsible for the continued growth of existing and prospective major gift relationships in order to secure significant charitable gift support for Purchase College. The position designs and implements strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, close and steward gifts from alumni, parents, friends and other groups. This position works collaboratively with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, other college leaders, volunteers, and Institutional Advancement staff to obtain and increase gifts in support of the college.

Required qualifications and years of related experience:
• Bachelor’s degree.
• A proven track record of closing significant gifts from a variety of sources.
• Three years of fundraising experience including major gifts in higher education, a non-profit organization, or relevant work experience in a comparable field or area of work.
• Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications:
Knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enable successful candidates in fulfilling the essential responsibilities:
• Appreciation for and understanding of the fundraising cycle: identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
• Skilled at successfully cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts.
• Ability to motivate people to increasing levels of generosity.
• Ability to manage multiple relationships to the point of and through solicitation.
• Strong communication skills: written, oral and active listening.
• Strong planning and organizational skills.
• Understanding of external client/stakeholder base and an appreciation for stakeholder expectations, desires and needs.
• Ability to work independently, and as part of a team.
• Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment of multiple and changing priorities while working under pressure and short timelines.
• Ability to work in a complex, collaborative, consensus-driven, environment.
• Ability to work collaboratively with all members of the college community to increase mutual understanding and support between departments.
• Ability to represent Purchase College and the Purchase College Foundation to the public and to constituents.
• Ability to work evenings/weekends frequently and to travel.
• Knowledge of donor relations and planned giving
• Ability to work with prospect research to identify, rank, solicit and cultivate prospects.

Documents required to submit:
For consideration, candidates will submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and a chronological resume, as well as the names and contact details for three professional references. Past supervisors preferred.


Nondiscrimination Policy – Purchase College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to service, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the Purchase community (including vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic. To view the entire policy, please visit the following website: Purchase College Human Resources Policies and Procedures website.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Purchase College is an AA/EEO employer. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University’s crime statistics for the past three years; and the availability regarding the University’s current campus security policies. Purchase College’s Annual Security Report is available at Purchase College NYS University Police Website.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov
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