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CUNY Assistant Director of Advancement Services - Development Specialist in New York, New York

Job Title: Assistant Director of Advancement Services - Development Specialist

Job ID: 22600

Location: Borough of Manhattan CC

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


As a top ten Aspen Prize Recipient for Community College Excellence and recent the recipient of a $30M gift from Author and Philanthropist, Mackenzie Scott, The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is poised to continue its momentum to elevate its fundraising efforts and position itself as a nationally recognized leading institution in higher education. BMCC seeks an experienced, strategic, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader as its next Assistant Director of Advancement Services.

BMCC is one of the most unique community colleges in the country. It continues to rank highly overall in student success by offering our diverse student population a range of support that includes thoughtful advising structures, strong cohort programs and strong path to graduation and transfer to four-year institutions. The College ranks in the top 25 among the Nation’s Hispanic -Serving Institutions and is one of 10 colleges honored for virtual support during the pandemic.

The Assistant Director of Advancement Services will report to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement to support the Vice President in all aspects of data management, reporting, prospect research and campaign management.

This position will be responsible for the development and implementation of efficient and accurate systems, processes, and practices across the Institutional Advancement Department that enable the VP to be more data-informed decision making and overall campaign and fundraising success.

This individual will assist the VP in short-term and long-range planning for areas of data integrity, gift processing & compliance, prospect management, reporting, data analysis, and scorecard implementation. S/he needs to be familiar with best practices in booking and reconciling transaction, as well as standard rules around soft crediting and receipting.

This individual will provide in-depth prospect research, develop a series of strategies and tactics to coordinate portfolios, solicitation plans, and specific prospects for fundraising initiatives. S/he will assist to ensure that the pipeline activity is in alignment with business and stage aging requirements.

Additionally, the Assistant Director is the primary liaison with the Information Technology Department regarding the use of Advancement tool and to the University Advancement Central office on the resources supplied by Central. This would include managing licenses and seat assignments, as well as requesting training and support.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required; Experiences in administering alumni and donor data systems and processes in an educational or non-profit environment are highly desired.

Donor Database Administration: Admin-level knowledge of common development databases or CRM systems like Advance or Raiser’s Edge, including standard data hygiene practices. Familiarity with analytics tools like Tableau or Power BI. Comfort using common query languages like SQL to build custom queries. Understanding of system integration principles and ability to work with third-party suppliers to implement and troubleshoot integrations.

Prospect Research: Knowledge of industry standard prospect research tools and resources, including but not limited to: LexisNexis for Development Professionals, DonorSearch, FoundationSearch, RelSci, iWave, ResearchPoint, WealthEngine, and similar. Ability to interpret results of large-scale wealth and capacity screenings.

Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to manage multiple projects, competing priorities and challenging deadlines.

Ability to initiate and perform complex analyses and organize information to identify philanthropic patterns, tendencies, and relationships among individuals, corporations and foundations.

Strong communication skills and responsiveness when interacting with internal and external partners.

Extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to accuracy in all aspects of work.

Experience working with a diverse community.


Contributes to organizing and administering College fundraising activities.

  • Manages research of potential funding sponsors

  • Tracks and analyzes giving trends; prepares financial and ad-hoc reports

  • Conducts data quality audits

  • Oversees preparation of fundraising communication materials

  • Writes grant proposals

  • Recommends, implements and evaluates fundraising strategies

  • May supervise office operations and/or department budget

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Development Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




Salary $49,253 - $81,647

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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August 13, 2021


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