Director of Development for Research Initiatives

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Stony Brook University, a growing public research university on Long Island, is seeking a Director of Development for Research Initiatives to join a dynamic and successful advancement division that is celebrating the division’s growth with a new vice president for advancement.

Reporting to senior leadership in Advancement in collaboration with the leadership of the Turkana Basin Institute and Centre ValBio, the Director of Development will serve as the lead fundraiser on all matters related to these international research operations. The Director will work closely with the Senior Associate Vice President and academic leadership of TBI and CVB to design, support, and successfully implement a comprehensive advancement strategy and program for these units that meets specific goals for short- and long-term private support. With a primary focus on major gifts, the Director of Development will design, strengthen, and grow a full pipeline of prospects, from discovery through stewardship, using a data-driven approach paired with outstanding interpersonal competencies. The position will collaborate with SBU’s Advancement leadership on engaging principal gift donors capable of transformative philanthropy that will position these units for continued growth and success.

The Director of Development will lead fundraising efforts for two prestigious research endeavors, the Turkana Basin Institute and Centre ValBio, as well as those assigned by the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and the Senior Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts. Fundraising and related efforts shall be in support of the mission, strategic objectives, and fundraising priorities as determined by the CDO for Advancement and the Senior Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts. The successful incumbent will work closely with Academic Units, Central Units, Constituent Units and/or Medicine to match potential donors with strategic philanthropic priorities. They must be self-directed, able to work both independently and as a member of multiple teams within a highly complex academic or medical university environment. Excellence written and verbal communication are a must as well as the ability to collaborate and manage multiple priorities in a professional and collegial manner.

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 2021-22, the University raised nearly $140 million through the generous support of over 12,000 donors. For more information, visit SBU’s website at:

For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile above.

Nominations and Applications

For full consideration, applications should be received by March 10, 2023. The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made.

Interested candidates must submit:

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

Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically to:

Please direct all nominations and inquiries to:

Andrew Bowen, Executive Search Associate, (802) 345-1279 

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