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Job ID: 138091

Assistant Director of Development - Foundation
Erie Community College

Date Posted Feb. 7, 2020
Title Assistant Director of Development - Foundation
University Erie Community College
Buffalo, NY, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Administration - Other

SUNY Erie Foundation
$40,000.00 Annual
Union/Position Status:

Posting Closing Date:
February 18, 2020Please note that the posting will close at midnight (12:00 AM) on the posting closing date.
This means any applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM the evening before.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Fundraising/Planning/Cultivation/Stewardship – 70%

  • Working closely with senior staff members, this position will have an annual goal of $300,000 or more from individuals, corporations and foundations to advance the work of the SUNY Erie Community College Foundation.
  • In partnership with senior development officers, the candidate will build a portfolio of individual gift prospective donors and donors at the leadership annual giving level; major gift discovery work on behalf of the SUNY Erie Community College Foundation will also be emphasized.
  • Assists in designing, implementing and executing a comprehensive annual giving program for the SUNY Erie Community College Foundation.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues across the foundation and the institution to build stronger donor relations, acknowledgment, and recognition processes, assisting department gift officers with stewardship of donors, ensuring donors remain connected to SUNY Erie Community College through regular thank you phone calls, emails and in-person outreach.
  • Develop and implement standardized stewardship and endowment report templates, as well as a stewardship protocol for donors complementing SUNY Erie Community College’s mandatory stewardship program.

Volunteer Management and Event Management – 20%

  • Works closely with volunteer leaders & the Board.
  • Responsible for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive slate of events and projects that strategically engage donors and provide benefits to the SUNY Erie Community College Foundation.
  • Identifies strategies, goals, and metrics for success for various events through comprehensive project planning. Ensures attendance and fundraising goals are met or exceeded.
  • Plans and executes events from start to finish, using independent judgment to create event timelines, due dates, advise development staff accordingly, and set/stay within a given budget. Provides essential support in follow up to all events.
  • Manages the event calendar and creates briefings in relation to Development events for President and Provost of the University, Dean/CEO, President, Department Directors, and senior leadership.
  • Acts as key Development Events liaison with SUNY Erie Community College Senior Management, Directors, Communications and Marketing staff, faculty, trustees, and VIPS. Staffs this constituency at events, as needed.

Communications and Marketing – 10%

  • Authors, plans and oversees the writing of a variety of stewardship materials, collaborating with faculty and development colleagues as appropriate.
  • Responsible for creating and delivering marketing ideas and activities for events tied to cultivation and stewardship of donors, especially for third party events. Assists in the creation of marketing materials, manages projects, and ensures consistency in messaging.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Three years related experience required. Additional experience in alumni relations, event production and management, graduate school, higher education, fundraising, volunteer management or donor relations preferred.
  • The successful candidate will possess the ability to build relationships with donors and volunteers, develop measurements to analyze efficiency and success of programs, and implement effective, strategic improvements where needed.
  • She/he will demonstrate critical thinking skills; she/he will have great attention to detail, organizational skills, initiative, exceptional writing skills, oral communication, and editing abilities, the ability to prioritize effectively, work on multiple projects simultaneously, and to solve problems and work both independently and within teams.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, especially Word and Excel, and database experience are required; preference given to candidates with working knowledge of graphic design software.
  • Must have an openness to learn new software and database programs. It is imperative that all team members present themselves with professionalism and exercise good judgment, diplomacy, and discretion with diverse populations and situations.
  • Reliable source of personal transportation.

Submit resume to: Michael Pietkiewicz, Executive Director, at email:

Application Due Date: February 17, 2020

Contact Human Resources at (716) 851-1840 with any questions.

Our mission to offer quality education includes exposing our students to a diverse range of cultures, experiences and expertise. At SUNY Erie Community College, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Notice of Non-Discrimination
SUNY Erie Community College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or in the administration of any of its policies and programs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, familial status, military status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran status, criminal conviction, or any other characteristics protected by law. This applies to all students, applicants or other members of the College community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting the Civil Rights Compliance Officer listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint in any manner is strictly prohibited.

The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s non-discrimination policies:

Civil Rights Compliance Officer
Tracy Archie, Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Equity and Diversity
City Campus, Room 174, 121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-1118

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, please contact:
New York Office
United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor,
New York, N.Y., 10005-25010;
Tel (646) 428-3800; Email:

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