Vice President for Advancement

Binghamton University, State University of New York

Date Posted January 6, 2014


Binghamton University, State University of New York invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Advancement.

Founded in 1946, and one of four research universities in the SUNY system, Binghamton enrolls 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its six schools and colleges. Consistently ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and among the most selective public institutions for undergraduates in the nation, the campus has swiftly built a reputation for excellence in undergraduate education that is bolstered by growing, high-quality graduate programs leading to the doctorate, and a rapidly expanding research enterprise. The campus is nestled in the rolling hills of the Southern Tier in upstate New York on 930 acres, and includes the University's state-of-the-art Innovative Technologies Complex as well as the University Downtown Center.

The Vice President for Advancement, reporting directly to the president, Harvey Stenger, and working closely with his team, is responsible for providing the leadership, vision and effective management to take the University's development and alumni relations initiatives to new and higher levels of accomplishment. The Vice President will build on a solid base of donors, alumni and friends to develop a plan for attracting continuing University support and broadening the University's base of support. This will include establishing goals and creation of a strategic and tactical plan for achieving them in conjunction with a staff of 22. The Vice President will also be responsible individually for solicitation of substantial major gifts and will establish the foundation for solicitations by the President. The Vice President will lead development of plans and, when feasible, the execution of a comprehensive gifts campaign with a goal exceeding $100 million.

The institutional advancement effort at Binghamton University has built a solid foundation for the University's development efforts. The University raised $8.9 million in 2012-2013, and in 2011-2012 successfully completed its second comprehensive gifts campaign, surpassing the original goal of $95 million and topping the $100-million mark.

The successful candidate will be a high-energy, experienced and entrepreneurial advancement leader who will articulate a vision for Binghamton's future development and alumni initiatives and who will provide support for the University's students, faculty and infrastructure. S/he will have significant senior-level experience in fundraising and in managing complex programs and will also bring the skills to excite, inspire and motivate the staff and the alumni and volunteer communities. The candidate of choice will possess a baccalaureate; an advanced degree and higher education experience are preferred.

Review of candidates will begin in the winter and continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be directed to:

Steve Leo, Vice President
Susan VanGilder, Principal
Matthew Bunting, Senior Associate Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

An equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Binghamton University is committed to building a diverse community and encourages the applications of women and minority candidates.