Executive Director of Leadership Giving and Capital Campaign Planning, University Advancement

Florida International University

Date Posted April 8, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Florida International University seeks an experienced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial fundraising professional for the role of Executive Director of Leadership Giving and Capital Campaign Planning, University Advancement.


Florida International University (FIU) is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. It is committed to high-quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and collaborative engagement with its local and global communities. Miami's first and only public research university, FIU was established by Florida law in 1965 and opened in 1972 with 5,667 students, the largest opening enrollment in United States collegiate history. With a current student body of nearly 46,000 (which is 61 percent Hispanic and 79 percent minority overall), FIU is the largest university in South Florida and one of the 25 largest public universities in the nation. With more than 130,000 alumni, FIU constitutes one of the fastest-growing university alumni groups in the country.


Reporting to the Senior Vice President of University Advancement, the Executive Director of Leadership Giving and Capital Campaign Planning, University Advancement is responsible for developing the campaign plan, monitoring the timely and accurate implementation of campaign tasks and activities, reporting on campaign progress, serving as staff lead to the Campaign Committee, and coordinating other campaign volunteers.


The successful candidate will have a minimum of three to five years of progressively responsible advancement experience in higher education, including a strong documented record of solicitation and stewardship. Experience as a senior team member in leading a large-scale comprehensive campaign from conception to closure is required, as well as a thorough understanding of best practices as related to modern campaign management. S/he will have a fundamental and thorough understanding of complex, large-scale higher education fundraising operations and the variety of units that comprise them. Hands-on experience as a frontline fundraiser is critical. S/he will possess a demonstrated ability to conceptualize, design and implement a campaign program, including assessment of philanthropic potential to determine capacity and goals plus the ability to direct the design of strategies for cultivation and solicitation of donor prospects. S/he will have strong strategic, project management, organization and administrative skills to lead a wide variety of projects and programs. The successful candidate will possess superior presentation skills, including the presence to deal effectively with senior level administrators, volunteers, donors and prospects, as well as excellent communications skills, including the ability to write, edit and speak clearly and effectively, and deliver an effective, coherent, and consistent message a communication style that is open, cordial, and issues focused.


A bachelors degree in an appropriate specialization and eight years of experience, or a masters degree in an appropriate specialization and six years of experience is required.


FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes) should be directed electronically to:




Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.

Managing Director and Practice Leader Development & Philanthropy

Diversified Search

275 Madison Avenue, 39th FL, New York, NY 10016



Contact Us:  gerard.cattie@divsearch.com

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