State University of New York at Oswego — Major Gifts Officer

The Development and Alumni Relations Department at the State University of New York at Oswego, a leading institution within the State University of New York, is accepting applications for the position of Major Gifts Officer. 

Posting Date: November 26, 2019

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit: or

Date of Appointment:  As soon as possible

Description of Responsibilities:
The Major Gifts Officer will manage a portfolio of 100 – 150 major gift donors and prospects who have the capacity to make gifts of $25,000 or more.  

Responsibilities will include:

  • Making multiple significant contacts with each assigned prospect throughout the year and conduct personal visits at least annually.
  • Qualify prospect pool and create individual goals and plans for each person.
  • Identify engagement and volunteer opportunities for prospects to order to build affinity for the institution leading to positive solicitation outcomes.
  • A strong commitment to alumni and student programming, and possess the ability to identify major gift prospects through a lens of inclusion.  

Oswego values employees who bring exemplary abilities, skills and perspectives that strengthen our commitment to student success and lifelong learning. The Major Gifts Officer will spend 75% of their time on the traveling to solicit gifts, this will include nights and weekends.  Office time will be spent on visit follow up reporting and correspondence, contacting prospects and setting future visits.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan ( As such, the Major Gifts Officer will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree at time of application
  • Ability and willingness to travel 75% of time, including nights and weekends
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Articulate and persuasive written and verbal presentation skills
  • Collaborative problem solver that brings an entrepreneurial approach to the development of engagement strategies
  • Innovative, self-motivated, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Goal oriented with a strong work ethic 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience as a Fundraiser, Outside Sales Representative or Attorney
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Ability to identify, qualify and solicit prospects for major gifts
  • Must be able to close gifts of $25,000 and higher
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies 

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications and experience with, or interest in, working with constituents through a lens of inclusion, resume, copies of unofficial transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for five professional references to:

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:

Kimberly Waters, Search Committee Chair at 

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. Background checks will be conducted for finalists.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing   

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