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 economic 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.
The University’s next Vice President for Advancement/Executive Director of the Stony Brook Foundation (VPA) will play a critical role in propelling the University into its next half-century, capitalizing on the momentum that is driving Stony Brook into the ranks of the most highly regarded public research universities in the nation. With vast untapped opportunities to better engage the broader alumni base, this role will be uniquely poised to cultivate mission-focused philanthropists. Seeking a visionary and forward thinker, the incoming VPA will raise sights, instill industry innovation, and broaden the donor base to create an even greater sense of invention and opportunity in an effort to raise the institution’s profile and reputation among key public universities.
A senior advancement professional with significant experience building and enhancing comprehensive and successful programs, the ideal candidate will have a track record of building diverse teams along with creating and sustaining an inclusive culture. A strong leader, thoughtful manager, and able and willing delegator, the VPA will advocate for their team and will have the energy and the fortitude to lead Stony Brook to a new level of achievement – both quantitatively and qualitatively – in its advancement efforts.