Director of Development, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Stony Brook University, a growing public research university on Long Island, is seeking a Director of Development for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences to join a dynamic and successful advancement division that is celebrating the arrival of a new vice president for advancement.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Advancement, the Director of Development will play a key role in the fundraising efforts for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Working closely with the Center Directors and Department Chairs, the Director of Development will design a comprehensive fundraising plan and strategy for selected areas within the College. The Director of Development will meet with key prospects, cultivate them, solicit them for gifts, and manage all faculty fundraising activities.

While subject to change based on an individual development officer’s portfolio, the Director of Development will be required to meet clearly defined metrics annually including 130 visits, 200 substantive contracts, 15 major gift proposals presented, 10 gifts closed, and a dollar goal based on tenure and portfolio. A bachelor’s degree is required, as is four years of full-time fundraising experience in a higher education institution, a large non-profit, or complex healthcare system (or sales or related experience). A proven record of cultivating and successfully soliciting individual donors or institutions for major ($100,000+) gifts is required.

Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, was established in 1957 as a college for the preparation of secondary school teachers of mathematics and sciences. Now, as one of the newest and youngest members of the Association of American Universities, it is recognized as one of the nation’s most important centers of learning and scholarship. With a new university president and new vice president for advancement, Stony Brook is poised to continue their upward trajectory. In fiscal year 2020-21, the University raised $110 million through the generous support of over 12,000 donors.

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Nominations and Applications

For full consideration, applications should be received by November 12, 2021. The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made.

Interested candidates must submit:

  1. A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities, key responsibilities and qualifications outlined in this leadership profile;
  2. A current CV, and
  3. The names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Application materials (Word or PDF) and nominations should be sent electronically to: 

Please direct all nominations and inquiries to:

Mr. Andrew Bowen, Associate, / (802) 345-1279 

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