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Utica College Regional Development Officer in Utica, New York

Regional Development Officer

Posting Number S00187

Position Type Full Time

Hours/Schedule Standard Utica College business hours: 8:30am -5:00pm Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Campus Main Campus, Utica NY

Date Position Available 06/01/2021

Posted Salary $60,000

Position Summary

The Regional Development Officer ( RDO ) shall have primary responsibility, through an assigned constituent region, for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Pioneer Society level donors, largely in the range of $1,000 – $10,000 for all purposes and designations within the established fundraising priorities for the College. The RDO will have principal responsibility for staffing a volunteer steering committee for his/her assigned geographic region and facilitate, through this committee, programs and activities designed to build and sustain relationships of alumni, parents, and friends, through the four channels of engagement: giving, volunteering, attending, and connecting (G.V.A.C.). The RDO will play a crucial role in helping to connect alumni with each other, and back to the College, through a variety of affinities such as class year, professional/career networks, academic majors, and undergraduate clubs and activities. Working closely with the regional steering committee, the RDO will play a collaborative role in fostering events, activities, and programs that celebrate the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the College.

Although based on the Utica College campus, there is the opportunity for this position to be fully remote if the candidate is located in a metropolitan location near one of our regions of focus, including Boston, MA and/or Washington, D.C.

Location Utica, NY

Application Deadline

Full consideration by:

Open Until Filled Yes

Major Responsibilities

A. Frontline Fundraising (70%):

• Serving on the Development & Alumni Relations team, the RDO will be assigned a specific region that has a significant concentration of alumni, parents, and friends. She/he will collaborate with other members of the Advancement staff to plan and execute a focused engagement strategy to increase the number of donors and overall dollars contributed to the College on an annual basis, especially at the Pioneer Society level; encourage volunteering for various opportunities, encourage attendance at campus and regional events, and to connect with alumni and friends on the basis of class, academic major, undergraduate clubs and activities, professional affinities, and regional interests.

• Identify, recruit, manage the volunteers who constitute the steering committee of the Regional Alumni Network ( RAN ) for his/her assigned region, to ensure the strongest possible level of engagement by UC’s key constituent groups in that specified region with the programs and activities planned and executed by the College and/or the volunteer committee.

• Conduct personal visits in the assigned region in order to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors supporting established College fundraising priorities. The RDO is expected to secure a minimum of 10-15 quality personal visits (QPVs) per month throughout the fiscal year on an annual basis.

• Support the Director of Development and the other development officers on all matters pertaining to increasing the number of donors who give at the Pioneer Society level – contributions between $1,000 and $10,000.

B. Special Giving Initiatives (25%):

• Working closely with the Director of Development, and other RDOs, plan, implement, and monitor a comprehensive sponsorship initiative for Inter-Collegiate Athletics that provides annual and restricted support for the General Athletic Fund, and for specific teams. Personally, solicit a minimum of 35-50 business and corporate sponsors for annual or multi-year sponsorship contracts. Participate fully in the fulfillment and stewardship efforts for all sponsorship contributors.

C. Other Duties (5%):

• Participate fully in annual planning and goal setting for the Division, the department, the assigned region, and any integrated planning efforts.

Driving Responsibilities

Possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license. License must meet insurance company rules and regulations for driving underwriting criteria. Must maintain a clean driving record as defined by College insurance carrier guidelines.


Regular travel to assigned region(s) is required.

Supervises None.

Education & Experience Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is required. Consideration may be given to candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience if that experience is in a college or university, or another nonprofit environment. 1-3 years of relevant experience is required, demonstrated successful fundraising experience is highly desirable.

Minimum Skills/Abilities

• Exceptional written and verbal communications skills are required.

• Must demonstrate knowledge of various online social media platforms, and other platforms designed to capture philanthropic support.

• Must have strong organizational skills, great attention to detail, ability to manage multiple priorities and meet various deadlines, maintain confidentiality, possess a high level of energy and work effectively with others.

• A strong commitment to diversity and works continually to enhance diversity of our students, faculty, and staff.

• Demonstrated high level of proficiency using a computer and the suite of Microsoft applications (e.g. Word and Excel). Knowledge of networked information systems (e.g., Banner, PeopleAdmin.) or other similar databases is highly desirable.

• Ability to understand and implement college policies and procedures.

• Ability to work a flexible schedule which at times will include working well into early evening hours as well as working at Office of Advancement sponsored events on and off campus which include, but are not limited to, Homecoming and Commencement.

• Must be able to work flexible hours if necessary.

Applicant Documents Instructions

All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf

Additional information Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

EEO/AA Statement

Utica College is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the

diversity of its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive

consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex,

pregnancy, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, age, sexual

orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status,

disability, citizenship status, genetic predisposition, domestic violence

victim status, or protected status under applicable local, state, or

federal law.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Our community of students, faculty and staff reflect a diversity of experiences, opinions, and cultural backgrounds shaped by biology, society, history, and choice. Our community includes members who are diverse by virtue of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religious and/or spiritual affiliations, and socio-economic status, as well as the number of other ways in which who we are influences how we see the world. Furthermore, we value and celebrate diversity, and this results in a commitment to multiculturalism. We believe that within the community of human persons, all cultures, perspectives, and beliefs about faith, ideals, taste and lifestyles are of equal value. Our diversity deepens our commitment to nurture a multicultural environment in which we engage with others and blend perspectives, to learn about diverse cultures, to explore who we are and where we come from and to accept one another without prejudice. The Utica College Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in perspective, background, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Located in the heart of central New York, Utica College is a comprehensive,

independent, private institution founded in 1946 to offer options for

college study to veterans returning from the second world war. More than

seventy years since veterans returned from WWII , this tradition of serving

veterans is still held in high regard here at UC, and we are proud to

welcome veterans as students and as valued members of our faculty and

professional staff.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
  • HercJobs.org (HERC Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)

  • HigherEdJobs.com

  • InsideHigherEd.com

  • Observer Dispatch (Utica OD)-newspaper

  • Ithaca Journal

  • Personal Referral

  • Utica College Website

  • Albany Times Union

  • Binghamton Press & Sun

  • careerbuilders.com

  • centralnewyorkhelpwanted.com

  • Chronicle.com (Chronicle of Higher Ed website)

  • Elmira Star Gazette

  • Utica College Online Employment Website

  • DiverseEducation.com (Diverse Issues in Higher Education

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities

  • Indeed.com

  • Current UC Employee

  • Referred by a UC Employee

  • Referred by a non UC Employee

  • Twitter

  • LinkedIn-Job Posting

  • LinkedIn-Recruited by Utica College HR

  • Centralnewyorkhelpwanted.com

  • Syracuse Post Standard-newspaper

  • Albany Times Union-newspaper

  • Facebook

  • Job Fair

  • Search Firm

  • NCAA

  • PRISM Network

  • HBCU Connect

  • DiverseJobs

  • Other

    • Please provide more details regarding the source of your referral?

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • "Contributions to Diversity" Statement

    Optional Documents

  • Letter of Reference #1