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Associate Director of Development

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 28, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Classification Title:

ASO Dir, Development

Job Description:

The Associate Director of Development, University Initiatives is responsible for implementing a broad range of fundraising activities in support of the Division of Student Affairs and Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars (MFOS) program. Reporting to the Executive Director of Advancement, the incumbent is responsible for assisting in developing and executing the fundraising program and strategy to fulfill the financial and strategic needs of UF Advancement.

Role and Responsibilities:

Portfolio Management

  • Build and manage a portfolio of mid-range to major gift prospects ($50,000 - $100,000+) for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of, Student Affairs initiatives and Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars (MFOS) initiatives.

  • Assist with the mini campaign goal for MFOS ($25M), with a focus on cash giving.

  • Develop new funding initiatives to broaden the universities donor base and build new donor/parent pipelines.

  • Strategically manage relationships through face-to-face visits to bring gift solicitations to closure.

  • Maximize travel plans to strategic geographic regions in collaboration with Executive Director of Advancement for major gift solicitations.

  • Oversee and lead gift acknowledgement plan and process.

University Initiatives

  • Assist with the coordination of effective stewardship for Student Affairs and MFOS programs and initiatives. Work with council members, Annual Giving, and central UFA office to assist in the planning and implementation of activities and events.

  • Assist with identifying and qualifying potential council members.

  • Initiate, plan, and support activities and events involving volunteers and prospects.

  • Engage council members and donors at events.

  • Assist Executive Director of Advancement with strategic planning for implementation of fundraising programs designed to secure funding in support of University Initiatives.

  • Develop and attend programs and events on and off campus.

Development Strategies

  • Work in partnership with Annual Giving to develop and implement strategies to retain and increase the number of annual donors.

  • Develop and present major gift proposals, and acknowledge and recognize gifts in ways that are meaningful to donors and appropriate to the mission, vision, and values of the unit, UFA.

  • Collaborate with the unit and program directors to ensure goals and objectives are achieved.

  • Work in partnership with Alumni Relations to develop a strategy for programs and activities involving volunteers and prospects.

  • Assist with planning and implementing short and long-term development strategies.

  • Work with communications and marketing team to coordinate solicitation communications to key constituencies.

  • Serve on work groups that support campaign, fundraising, and strategic planning efforts for programs and initiatives.

  • Collaborate with key staff members on planning and communication.


  • Ensure best practices in alignment with UF Advancement’s Vision and Values of Service, Excellence and Team; ensure best practices in office systems, practices, files and record keeping; ensure effective use of strategic tools and resources.

  • Plans and monitors the budget, using resources for best results in fundraising and planning activities involving volunteers, prospects, faculty and administration.

Expected Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience. Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and one year of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and three years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Two to four years of fundraising experience with proven success soliciting annual giving and/or mid-range gifts.

  • Prior experience in a university or nonprofit environment.

  • Passion and a deep appreciation for initiatives supporting students.

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

  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse constituencies, meet deadlines, be self-motivated, and work independently.

  • Accuracy, attention to detail and a customer service oriented attitude.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and a team player

  • Competency in problem solving.

  • Must be an outstanding communicator and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills; interpersonal skills; and the ability to work collegially and interact effectively with a diverse constituency.

  • 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.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter, resume, and three references.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply.

Health Assessment Required: No

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