Development Officer for
the Sciences – CUNY Advanced Science Research Center
Compensation: $96,602 -
$110,641. Salary commensurate with education and
The Graduate Center (GC), City University of New York (CUNY) is
the focal point for advanced teaching and research in the nation's
largest urban public university. With over 45 doctoral and master’s
programs of the highest caliber, the GC fosters pioneering research
and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for
careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government
sectors. Students in the Sciences train in 11 unique doctoral
programs and 3 MS programs in disciplines from biology through
physics. They engage in cutting edge scholarship and in turn
provide mentorship and instruction to undergraduates throughout the
CUNY system. The GC Sciences graduate training programs provide
avenues for students to explore their scientific passions in
laboratories embedded within the CUNY system to become new leaders
in their fields.
The GC’s commitment to innovative scientific research is
exemplified by its science training programs and the Advanced
Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot, world-class
facility in upper Manhattan designed to promote interdisciplinary
research, workforce development, and innovation through its five
focus areas: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology,
neuroscience, and environmental sciences. The ASRC aspires to
improve human, societal, and environmental well-being via
excellence in collaborative scientific discovery and education,
including public outreach. Integral to this vision, ASRC scientists
and staff nurture a distinctive and inclusive academic research
culture that is creative, collaborative, and convergent, with
state-of-the-art facilities that welcomes scientists from all over
CUNY, New York City and State, and the world to learn and
contribute to its mission.
The GC seeks a development professional to join its
Institutional Advancement team to attract funding for its
scientific research and educational initiatives. The Development
Officer for the Sciences will provide leadership in formulating and
implementing effective goals, strategies, and activities to secure
major and principal gifts to support the GC Sciences graduate
programs and interdisciplinary sciences at the ASRC. The
Development Officer for the Sciences will manage an individual
portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and will
collaborate with the scientific leadership of the GC and ASRC to
facilitate funding of collaborative opportunities and cultivate an
environment that enhances communication and partnerships among
senior administrative staff and faculty. The Development Officer
for the Sciences will also assist the GC and ASRC leadership and
faculty in targeting proposals to identified prospects, including
individuals, corporations, and foundations. This position reports
to the vice president for institutional advancement and
All full-time and part-time CUNY staff are expected to work
in-person at their campus office 70% of their work time. For
full-time staff, this is equivalent to 7 out of 10 days of
in-person work in a two-week period (e.g., 7 days in-person, 3 days
remote). This hybrid work schedule is subject to change.
Duties include but are not limited to:
-Develops and implements a comprehensive fundraising program for
the GC Sciences graduate programs and the ASRC, including major
giving and corporate and foundation strategies, as well as other
strategic areas as identified, in partnership with the dean for the
sciences and the executive director of the ASRC.
- Works closely with GC and ASRC leadership to establish
fundraising priorities and tactics.
- Conducts prospect identification, qualification, solicitation,
and stewardship of major gift prospects following institutional
clearances, including collection of referrals with the goal of
encouraging long-term relationships.
- Participates in one-on-one cultivation efforts as well as
organizing and executing strategic cultivation events with
appropriate scientific and leadership presence, including
preparation of briefings and background materials for GC and ASRC
- 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 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.
- Builds and maintains effective working relationships at all
organizational levels - colleagues, faculty, deans, GC Foundation
trustees with interests in the sciences - in close collaboration
with the GC administrative staff, donors, and others.
- Performs other duties as assigned which are reasonably within
the scope of this job classification.
Bachelor's Degree and six years' related experience
A preferred candidate should have:
- Exposure to a scientific discipline in a higher education
- More than four years of relevant 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
- Ability to translate complex scientific research into language
that the public will understand, and articulate the vision and
strategy of the GC Sciences and the ASRC to provide a strong,
effective case for private support of scientific
- Experience engaging with high-net-worth prospects and donors
who are sophisticated, intellectually curious, and typically have a
keen interest in science, including a proven track record of
success in the cultivation, stewardship, and closing of gifts from
individual major donors at the five-figure level and above, or
demonstrated transferable skills to succeed in closing major
- 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
- Excellent 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
- Experience cultivating and engaging alumni donors.
- Ability to work both independently and as a team
- Experience supporting and nurturing a culture of
- Ability to plan and prioritize work, using time and other
resources effectively to maximize desired outcomes.
- Ability to take initiative and strong attention to
Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United
States on a full-time basis. Sponsorship will not be offered for
CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW
Plans and manages College fundraising strategy and
- Implements and monitors comprehensive resource development
program; makes recommendations to improve department policies and
- Fulfills specific goals and targets based on individual
- Assists Director with developing funding strategies and assessing
- Oversees annual and/or major gift activities to support strategic
- Maintains relationships with donors and sponsoring organizations
to cultivate and maintain funding
- Prepares financial reports for management; may write grant
- May manage professional and/or clerical staff
- Performs related duties as assigned.
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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