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Director of Development

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 033719
Department Code 21701-2100
Department Law College-Dean
Job Title Director of Development
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with experience
Salary Grade S5
FLSA Status Exempt

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs, the Director of Development serves as a front-line fundraiser. Primary duties include establishing and managing effective relationships with College of Law prospects and existing donors.

The Director will develop, drive, and implement a comprehensive annual giving program for the College of Law in order to increase unrestricted/restricted funds and alumni participation rate; and will partner with the central annual giving office.
collaborate and align with central annual giving team’s strategy and activities.


Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.

Significant fund raising experience is required

Job Specific Qualifications

Preference given to candidates with fundraising experience in a law school environment.

Knowledge and experience in higher education development programs or similar, specifically major gifts and annual giving.

Successful record of accomplishment in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.

Experience in the management, supervision and training of professional staff for fundraising purposes.

Strong communication and organizational skills and ability to collaborate with multiple constituents.

Knowledge of Syracuse University preferred.


• Implement a comprehensive annual giving program for the College of Law in order to increase unrestricted/restricted funds and donor participation rate, specifically alumni.

• Contribute to strategy development for annual giving.

• Collaborate and align with central annual giving team’s efforts and activities to increase annual giving by alumni.

• Participate in major gift prospect strategy development processes with Assistant Dean and development and alumni relations team to establish a path along a continuum of giving, to cultivate, solicit and steward annual givers into a pipeline of major gift prospects.

• Support efforts to plan and implement alumni cultivation events; work with central office regional and gift planning staff to maximize gift potential for the College of Law.

• Travel approximately 10% of time for face-to-face visits with alumni and donors.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 08/04/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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