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CUNY Director of Development for the Sciences - Advanced Science Research Center in New York, New York

Job Title: Director of Development for the Sciences - Advanced Science Research Center

Job ID: 21551

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The ASRC seeks a development professional to join its team to attract funding for its scientific research and educational initiatives. The Director of Development for the Sciences will provide leadership in formulating and implementing effective goals, strategies, and activities to secure major and principal gifts to support the interdisciplinary sciences represented at the ASRC and connected to the larger GC scientific community. The Director will manage an individual portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and will collaborate with the scientific leadership of the ASRC and the GC, including the GC’s Institutional Advancement team, to facilitate funding of collaborative opportunities and cultivate an environment that enhances communication and fosters partnerships among senior administrative staff and faculty. The Director of Development for the Sciences will also assist the ASRC leadership and faculty in targeting proposals to identified prospects, including individuals, corporations, and foundations. This position reports to the Associate Dean for the Sciences/Executive Director of the ASRC.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive fundraising program for the ASRC, including major giving, corporate and foundation strategies, as well as in other strategic areas as identified, in partnership with the Associate Dean/Executive Director, the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and the Dean for the Sciences.

  • Works closely with the Associate Dean/Executive Director of the ASRC and the Director of each initiative to establish fundraising priorities and tactics.

  • Conducts prospect identification, qualification, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects for the ASRC following institutional clearances, including collection of referrals, with an emphasis on the five initiatives of scientific research (nanoscience, structural biology, neuroscience, environmental sciences, and photonics) with the goal of encouraging long-term relationships.

  • Participates in one-on-one cultivation efforts as well as organizes and executes strategic cultivation events with appropriate scientific and leadership presence, including preparation of briefings and background materials for ASRC and GC leadership.

  • Collaborates on writing letters of inquiry, gift agreements, progress reports, and other cultivation materials as needed; assists in writing proposals to individuals, corporations, and foundations, in partnership with ASRC faculty and leadership.

  • Documents and reports on development activities and results to achieve specific and measurable goals for contacts, prospect phase management, proposals presented, and dollars raised.

  • Coordinates with the GC’s Institutional Advancement team to assist in fundraising for other GC Sciences as prospects and opportunities arise.

  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships at all organizational levels - colleagues, faculty, deans, GC Foundation (GCF) Trustees with particular interests in the sciences and in close collaboration with the GCF staff, GC and CUNY administrative staff, donors, and others.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience required.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • Exposure to a scientific discipline in a higher education institution.

  • More than four years of experience working with major gift donors in higher education, major research center, and/or science-related not-for-profit organization.

  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to translate complex scientific research into language that the public will understand, and articulate the vision and strategy of the ASRC and GC Sciences; ability to provide a strong, effective case for private support for scientific research.

  • Experience engaging with high-net-worth prospects and donors who are sophisticated, intellectually curious, and typically have a keen interest in science.

  • A proven track record of success in the cultivation, stewardship, and closing of gifts from individual major donors at the five-figure level or demonstrated transferable skills to succeed in closing major gifts.

  • Working knowledge of Moves Management as a fundraising strategy; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Raiser’s Edge, or demonstrated capacity to learn new data management systems.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and meaningfully with individuals in diverse settings using a range of techniques, including face-to-face, telephone, email, video conferencing, and written correspondence.

  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.

  • Ability to plan and prioritize work, using time and other resources effectively to maximize desired outcomes.

  • Ability to take initiative and strong attention to detail.


Directs College's fundraising strategy and administration of fund-raising programs.

  • Designs, implements and monitors comprehensive resource development program

  • Responsible for meeting specific goals and targets

  • Develops funding strategies; assesses outcome of strategic plan

  • Oversees a portfolio of annual and major gift prospects to establish and sustain ongoing relations

  • Maintains relationships with donors and sponsoring organizations to cultivate and maintain funding

  • Ensures reporting requirements are completed in timely and accurate manner

  • Manages professional and clerical staff

  • Performs related duties as assigned

Job Title Name: Development Director


Higher Education Officer




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on January 27, 2020


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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