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Development Associate – School of Science, Health, and Criminal Justice


Canton College Foundation


Commensurate with credentials and experience

Description of Duties

The Canton College Foundation welcomes applications for a Development Associate to join a team of well-qualified and energized Advancement professionals to further the Foundation’s dynamic partnerships with faculty, students, staff, alumni, parents, corporations, and the community, throughout the North Country and beyond.

Reporting to the Director of Development and Planned Giving, the Development Associate will assist with strategy, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a portfolio of approximately 100 - 150 donors and prospects, focused on alumni from SUNY Canton’s School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice (SHCJ), but also including first-time and annual donors from all areas of the College, who have the potential to make three and four-figure gifts to support the students, faculty, and programs of SUNY Canton.


The Development Associate will have the opportunity to help create relationships with existing donors and connect donors’ philanthropic interests and the priorities of the College, as well as conduct discovery work to identify and cultivate new prospects.  The Development Associate will be expected to become an “expert” on the programs, faculty, vision, and needs of the SHCJ and to forge close partnerships with the Dean, faculty, and alumni of that School.

The successful candidate will be highly organized, have proven written and oral communication skills, strong follow-through, self-motivation, a sense of initiative, the ability to build trust-based donor relationships, work collaboratively and strategically with colleagues, and possess a strong understanding of the principles, ethics, and practices of successful fund raising.

The Development Associate is considered an entry level fundraising position. Applicants with Gift Officer experience will be considered for a higher-level position.


Required Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree with 2-4 years of professional work experience, or bachelor's degree with 1-2 years of work experience.

Other qualifications and desired traits, or related experience that results in similar, transferable skills:

  • Experience with fundraising and charitable giving, either through direct solicitation or through ancillary support roles in a fundraising organization.
  • High comfort level with reaching out to and meeting new people, and ability to make strong connections that lead to productive relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating effectively with staff or volunteers at various levels of engagement.
  • The ability to innovate and think creatively regarding gift strategies for donors and prospects.
  • Willingness and availability to travel up to 50% of the time to cultivate and solicit gifts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and persuasion skills as well as planning, analytic, and problem resolution abilities.
  • Energetic and self-directed with strong organizational skills, including the ability to set clear priorities and manage time well.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and make sound judgments without close day-to-day supervision.
  • Knowledge of best practices in advancement, and experience and skill in using advancement software, social media and networking tools such as Raiser’s Edge, iWave, MS Teams, Zoom, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, and work collaboratively with diverse constituencies including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners.


Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications

Review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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The Canton College Foundation, a unit of the State University of New York, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. SUNY Canton is building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority and women candidates.