University of Florida in Florida

Deadline August 29, 2014
Date Posted August 13, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and working in conjunction with the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Senior Director of Development will lead fundraising initiatives for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program (MFOS) and Student Affairs priority projects. The incumbent will work synergistically in two major functional areas, the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs and Student Affairs. He or she will ensure conformity with the central fundraising efforts, the overall university development and alumni affairs programs and goals, while promoting a culture of philanthropy by broadening constituents understanding of the value of giving and providing targeted engagement opportunities. This position requires significant travel by automobile and possible air travel; maintaining an acceptable driving record that meets insurance requirements and an active Florida driver license must be maintained in order to meet this function.



Essential Functions:



Portfolio Management

Manage a portfolio of major and leadership gift prospects/donors for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholar (MFOS) program and coordinate similar actions by other development officers engaged in this process.

In addition, the incumbent will also maintain a portfolio of fundraising prospects for the cultivation of major gifts for Student Affairs targeted initiatives.

Strategically manage relationships through face-to-face visits to bring major and leadership gift solicitations to closure.

Develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan to inform constituents and identified markets about the mission, vision, and values of the MFOS and Student Affairs, its funding priorities, and gift opportunities.

Develop new fundraising initiatives to broaden the Universitys donor base and build new donor pipelines.

Work with central development office to set objectives and goals for the solicitation of MFOS prospects.

Work with the ODAA Strategic Communications & Marketing team to coordinate solicitation communications to key constituencies. Contribute to the production of publications and electronic communications.



Leadership/ Planning MFOS and Student Affairs Fundraising Initiatives

Lead, in conjunction with central development office, a donor MFOS program as outlined in the MFOS program/plan.

Collaborate with the Director of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program to ensure goals and objectives for the MFOS program are achieved, including strategic planning, fundraising, stewardship and marketing.

Work in partnership with Senior Director of Constituent Engagement, Alumni Affairs to develop a strategy for the MFOS affiliate programs and support activities involving volunteers and prospects; work with Director of Florida Fund to execute plans.

Serve as a liaison to the MFOS Volunteer Leadership Council and other workgroups that support campaign, fundraising, and strategic planning efforts for the MFOS or Student Affairs.

Provide strategic planning for and implementation of fundraising programs designed to secure funding in support of the mission and vision of Student Affairs.

Implement new programs designed to enhance relationships between Student Affairs and its stakeholders, including alumni, parents, friends, corporate partners, emeritus faculty, and students.

Work closely with the Dean of Students Office and the Vice President of Student Affairs to develop student affairs priorities for the upcoming comprehensive campaign and to integrate with university campaign priorities and fundraising efforts.

Coordinate with Florida Fund to develop and implement strategies to retain and increase the number of annual donors and oversee the stewardship of annual donors.

Participate in the planning and implementation of cultivation/stewardship events and donor/prospect communications.



Special Initiatives Alumni Affairs

Support targeted engagement activities and fundraising for Alumni Affairs.

Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects/donors supporting alumni affairs targeted initiatives.


Minimum Requirements:

Masters degree in an appropriate area of specialization and six years of appropriate experience; or a bachelors degree in an appropriate area of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience.


A valid drivers license is required.


Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess:

Five to seven years of major/ leadership gift or related fundraising experience with documented success in cultivating and soliciting major gifts of $100,000 and above from individual, foundation and corporate prospects; including campaign experience.

Prior experience in a college or university setting, enthusiasm for fundraising in a comprehensive research university, and the desire to work collegially within a goal-oriented fundraising organization.

Prior experience fundraising for student affairs and programs.

Knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, and standards.

Expertise in developing solicitation strategies.

Passion and a deep appreciation for initiatives supporting students.

Exceptional judgment, strong initiative, and a quick learner with ability to think strategically and analytically and the organizational skills to move from vision to action.

Highly motivated and efficient operator with the ability to manage a significant volume of diverse tasks, activities and projects, including both tactical and strategic projects.

Highly competent and detail-oriented in executing tasks.

The highest standards of ethics, integrity, respect and humility.

The ability to work strategically, develop and implement constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers.

Ability to work collaboratively and a team player.

Competency in problem solving.

Excellent oral/ written communications and interpersonal skills; effective time management and organizational skills that are essential for success in this position.

Working knowledge in these areas: Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, internet browsers, preferably Internet Explorer, E-mail. Working knowledge of a donor database, contact management and tracking system.

The ability and willingness to travel. A valid driver license and good driving record are essential.*



*Business expenses are reimbursed through a standard accounting system. The ability to pay for expenses using your own personal credit card or funds and have them reimbursed is essential.

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