A flagship institution within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Stony Brook University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and is known as one of the nation’s premier centers for academic excellence and a leader in generating social mobility. In the last decade, with an investment of resources and support from leadership, the Advancement division experienced dramatic growth, a heightened level of professionalization, and a strong adherence to industry best practices. That success is evidenced by The Campaign for Stony Brook, the most successful fundraising effort in SUNY history. As a national leader in moving students from the bottom to the top of the socioeconomic mobility ladder, Stony Brook’s mission of excellence coupled with access is a rare combination that has the potential to excite increased support from private philanthropy.
Reporting to Vice President for University Advancement, Justin Fincher, the inaugural Assistant Vice President for Constituent Experience (AVP) is an entrepreneurial and visionary leader who will integrate Stony Brook’s Alumni Relations, Events, Annual Giving, and Donor Relations programs. The AVP is an internal and external bridgebuilder ready to join Stony Brook at a time of momentous change and growth and will increase alumni engagement as well as philanthropic support to the University.
The AVP will be instrumental in expanding, leading, and inspiring teams over the next few years as the institution plans for its next campaign. With an eye toward the future and a new perspective, the AVP will operationalize and personalize engagement models, utilize technology to its fullest, and measure and track outcomes to reconceptualize Stony Brook’s continuum of engagement. The AVP will have experience in higher education development/advancement or similar leadership experience and the demonstrated ability to successfully manage complex alumni relations, annual giving, and/or donor relations programs.