The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.
Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success. Fredonia is focused on ensuring that all Fredonia students, utilizing knowledge developed through a broad range of intellectual experiences, will be:
Skilled (develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge),
Connected (engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship),
Creative (demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation), and
Responsible (activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism).
Read a message from State University of New York at Fredonia's President.
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for University Advancement leads a division of 20 employees. As a member of the President's Cabinet, the VPUA works collaboratively with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, the Vice President for Engagement and Economic Development, the Chief Information Officer, the Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning, and the Chief Diversity Officer.
Description of the Division
The Office of Alumni Affairs serves approximately 50,000 Fredonia graduates, sponsoring events such as Homecoming and reunion gatherings (both on- and off-campus), providing scholarships, and offering support to alumni through networking and mentoring opportunities. The Alumni Association Board of Directors promotes and advises the university in its alumni programs, goals, and objectives.
Fredonia College Foundation
The mission of the Fredonia College Foundation is to promote, advance and support the activities and programs of Fredonia. In doing so, the foundation administers resources and supervises the investment of philanthropic funds and other revenues for the university.
The Fredonia College Foundation was incorporated in 1964. The foundation was established to accept financial contributions, hold and invest endowment accounts, and award grants to strengthen the educational programs of Fredonia.
It is a not-for-profit corporation separate from the university that exists solely for the benefit of the school. A volunteer board of directors oversees its activities, and all contributions to the foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Marketing and Communications
The marketing and Communications division provides important information to internal and external audiences through all available media. With specialists in creative design, media management, graphic design, photography, and writing, this division supports campus and community event management and other promotional efforts.
Marketing and Communications administers, edits, and designs the university website and produces The Statement (alumni magazine) and the Campus Report (weekly online newsletter). The division also assists with event planning and promotion.
Fast Facts about Fredonia
Established in 1826 as the Fredonia Academy; Normal School (1867); State Teacher's College (1920); part of State University of New York (1948)
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 7 other discipline-specific accreditation agencies (AACSB, ASHA, CAEP, CSWE, NASAD, NASM, NAST)
Ranked as the 16th best "Top Public Regional University in the North" by US News & World Report and one of the top "Best Value" schools in the US by Kiplinger's
Earned the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Received the first SUNY Shared Governance Award (2014)
Named "With Distinction" to the 2014 and 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Economic impact: $330.81 million annually
Fredonia College Foundation Endowment assets: $38.3 million
Consolidated budget (2016-2017): $106,678,220
Estimated annual community service: 27,500 hours
Student Characteristics (based on Fall 2016 data) Enrollment: 4,612 (4,386 undergraduate)
International students: 2%
Students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds: 20%
Pell Grant recipients: 42%
Students receiving financial aid: 87%
Degree programs: 79 undergraduate and 25 graduate
International study programs sponsored by SUNY: 600+
Instructional faculty: 437
Faculty/Student ratio: 1 to 14
Class size: 59% classes have fewer than 20 students; 80% have fewer than 30; 96% have fewer than 50 students.
Graduation & Alumni
Annual Degrees awarded: 1,032 bachelors, 113 masters, and 11 certificates
Graduation rate: 62% for First-Time & 65% for Transfers (6-year)
Student employment: 96% employed or/and enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation
Grounds & Facilities
Campus: 256 acres with 63 buildings
14 traditional residence halls and 6 townhouses
6 outdoor fields & 4 indoor venues
5 major theaters, recital and concert halls (rated one of the Best College Theaters in the U. S.
2 art galleries
2 dining halls, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, and 5 other cafés across campus
Other: College Lodge with 200 acres of forest and trails (Arkwright, NY) and Fredonia Technology Incubator (Dunkirk, NY)
Rewards & Benefits
Competitive compensation plus comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, and vision insurance and retirement plan options including a fixed pension plan or a 401(A) with generous employer contributions;
Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.
Provide vision and leadership for the University Advancement Division
Serve as the Executive Director of the Fredonia College Foundation, working with the Board of Directors to provide responsible oversight and stewardship of the organization's fiscal, human, and physical resources
Supervise, support, mentor, and develop staff in the Division of University Advancement
Encourage and support best practices in marketing and communications, alumni affairs, and fundraising
Manage budgets and facilities within the division
Collaborate with the President and divisions across the university in fundraising efforts and on the capital campaign.
Represent the University Advancement Division and the campus at SUNY meetings and other events as requested by the President
Maintain currency in the fields of fundraising, alumni relations, and marketing and communications
Serve on the President's Cabinet and collaborate with other Cabinet members in implementing the campus strategic plan and other university initiatives
At least five years of demonstrable accomplishments and proven ability in development, fundraising, and public relations activities;
Demonstrated success in building collegial relationships with a variety of internal and external constituencies;
Outstanding communication, organizational, interpersonal, and managerial skills;
Demonstrated success in working with diverse groups of volunteers, donors, corporate leaders, private foundations, and community leaders
Fundraising experience in a college or university environment;
Experience with overseeing a successful comprehensive campaign;
Demonstrated understanding of current practices in fundraising, endowment management, alumni engagement, and donor recognition;
Demonstrated experience in guiding marketing and communications efforts at a college or university;
Interest in, and commitment to, community engagement.
This is a full-time, 12-month Management/Confidential position beginning January 2, 2018.
Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.
Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.
The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations and Application
Inquiries and nominations may be sent to the co-chairs of the search committee:
Although the committee will review applications until the position is filled, complete applications received by November 13, 2017 will be given full consideration. Names and contact information for five professional references are required as part of the application. References will not be contacted without candidate notification.
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An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.