Career Opportunities

There are jobs – and there are careers. The Upstate Foundation gives you the chance to do the kind of work that is meaningful, the opportunity to challenge yourself and learn new skills, and the prospect of working alongside a team of talented and motivated people. 

Open positions – details below

  • Foundation Relations and Corporate Development Officer
  • Director of Grateful Patient Program and Annual Giving
  • Alumni Administrative Assistant
  • Associate Director of Alumni for the College of Nursing


Foundation Relations and Corporate Development Officer


Under the direction of the Vice President for Development, the Foundation Relations and Corporate Development Officer will:  steward corporate partnerships and grant funders, identify new corporate prospects, prepare proposals, make presentations, develop campaign and multi-year corporate packages, secure commitments and participate in corporate recognition, write grant proposals, discover grant opportunities and act as a resource for third-party fundraising groups.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Identify emerging corporate leadership and industry trends with special emphasis on developing, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding philanthropic support.
  • Identify, secure and maintain high quality stewardship process for corporate prospects and donors. Maintain existing strategic alliances.
  • Responsible for cultivating and sustaining relationships with foundation and corporate grant funders.
  • Manage a portfolio of a minimum of 100 Corporations and Foundations.
  • Develop customized multi-year corporate sponsorship proposal packages, to include multiple campaigns and or events.
  • Responsible for discovering grant opportunities that match the objectives of the institution. Work in collaboration with appropriate faculty or staff in submitting proposals.
  • Coordinate grant administration, in monitoring measurable outcomes and expense amounts.
  • Submission of timely grant reports and closeout of grants and attention to deadlines is imperative.
  • Responsible for publicizing grant awards and donor recognition, working with Foundation staff.
  • Act as a resource for some third-party groups (internal departmental and external community groups and organizations) in their efforts to organize and implement fundraising events in support of the Upstate mission and provide appropriate recognition.
  • Create customized presentations based on the needs of the donor, must be consistent with the mission of The Upstate Foundation.
  • Implement mini campaigns, assist donors to establish new funds and or endowments, and assist the Foundation’s communication team in the creation of related marketing materials.
  • Occasional weeknight or weekend work may be required.


The position requires some travel, primarily within the 17-county region of Central New York. A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is required. Use of a personal vehicle is reimbursed at the prevailing IRS standard mileage rate


  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A minimum of three years of senior level development experience or three years senior level business to business sales experience is required. Excellent communication skills, including writing and oral presentations.
  • Experience using donor database systems and online grant research and application systems preferred. Ability to track stewardship and reporting requirements, analyze data to create objectives and measure success. Impeccable integrity and the ability to work in a collaborative environment. Demonstrable, experience in new prospect identification and cultivation in a senior development or sales role. Successful history of fundraising. 
  • Ability to direct and perform confidential detailed work with accuracy under deadline pressure.


  • Commensurate with qualifications. 
  • Excellent benefits package.

To apply 

For additional information and to apply for this position (Job #73223) please click here for Upstate’s Human Resources website


Alumni Administrative Assistant


This part-time administrative position supports the activities of two Alumni Associations, for Upstate's Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing, each with its own Alumni Director and Board of Directors. The Alumni office is particularly focused on meeting fundraising goals through alumni engagement, board development, donor stewardship, scholarship administration, and student/faculty engagement. 

Duties to include but not limited to:

  • Responsible for meeting minutes, meeting reminders, logistics, etc. Attend board meetings in absence of board secretary and take minutes.
  • Assist with scholarship administration and donor stewardship letters, invitations, applications, notifications, gathering student information, etc.
  • Website maintenance post stories/photos. Keep both websites up to date.
  • Assist with event preparations for white coat ceremonies, convocation, scholarship awards ceremonies, etc.
  • Assist with annual Call-In For Cancer fundraising event.
  • Attend and take photos at college and alumni events. Organize and maintain a filing system for alumni photos.
  • Update and maintain historical records of scholarship recipients.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications

  • Associates degree
  • One year of secretarial/administrative experience required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills, customer service, organizational, interpersonal, proofreading and computer skills also required.

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge websites and/or Raiser's Edge a plus.

Work days

Tuesday - Friday, must be available to work between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, occasional early evenings, two brief Saturday events.

To apply

For additional information and to apply for this position (Job # 76827) please click here for Upstate’s Human Resources website: