Staff Associate
Buffalo State College - Buffalo, NY

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Line Number: 28911
Department: Institutional Advancement
Salary Range: competitive
Anticipated Date of Hire: 08-01-2013
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The major gift officer's primary responsibility is to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts of $10,000+, with emphasis on gifts in the six figures and above range. The officer will continually refine a database of qualified leads and create individual strategies to close major gifts. The ability to articulate the mission and vision of SUNY Buffalo State is paramount. The major gift officer will work closely with multiple stakeholders in his/her assigned school. The position requires extensive off-campus travel locally, regionally and nationally. Some evening and weekend work is required.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Ability and capability to travel locally, regionally and nationally and to make in-person visits to donors/prospects in a variety of settings and locations
  • Experience in fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Ability to understand and persuasively articulate the character and mission of SUNY Buffalo State
  • Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Excellence in written and verbal communications skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree
  • Experience in direct major/planned gift cultivation and solicitation strongly preferred
  • Experience with Raisers Edge fundraising software
  • Ability to interact with the community
  • High degree of creativity, innovation, self-motivation and ability to work in a complex organization with a high degree of latitude in problem solving
  • Understanding of human motivation and principles affecting fundraising
  • Experience in handling highly private information
  • Understanding of, and commitment to the mission of higher education
  • Demonstrated ability to meet sales/gift target goals
  • CFRE
Required Applicant Documents:
Resume (professional)
Cover Letter
Names and contact information for 3 professional references
Writing Sample 1

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