The Senior Director of Advancement is responsible for the management and administration of the College of Education development and support program. The incumbent is responsible for the implementation of a broad range of public support programs for the College of Education including fundraising, communications, alumni relations, public support groups and college services.
- Identification, cultivation, and solicitation of new prospects $100,000 and above for the College of Education. Build a portfolio of fundraising prospects and strategically manage relationships through face-to-face visits to bring gift solicitations to closure. A minimum of 15 individual face-to-face visits will be required each month, with specific data input for each visit entered into the system by month’s end. Attend college and UF Advancement (UFA) functions primarily to identify new prospects.
- The majority of solicitations handled by the incumbent will involve face-to-face contact. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating solicitation with college development and alumni officers/directors; must communicate frequently with these persons, deans, other administration, faculty and colleagues within Advancement; must properly handle leadership, annual gifts and pledges made to the University.
- As steward of major gift prospects, coordinates with Education staff their appropriate involvement with donors interested in specific college activities.
- Establish and maintain contact with prospects to develop their interest and participation in major Education fundraising projects and to provide information concerning the utilization of gifts.
- 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 and UFA. Develop support for the program by effectively involving stakeholders, such as volunteers, faculty, staff, and members of the advisory board.
- Direct the planning and implementation of all fundraising and alumni activities for the College.
- Serve as advisor to the Dean of the College on fundraising matters and coordinates development activities between the College and UFA.
- Coordinate events, communication, and solicitation of College of Education Faculty and Staff (including retired faculty). Work with UFA office to develop a comprehensive engagement strategy for our faculty and staff. Budget, event planning, communication planning, and volunteer coordination are included in this process.
- Participate in professional programs at the state and national level as appropriate.
- Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program.
- Design solicitation strategies on case by case basis, being cognizant of development and college office needs and procedures; will maintain continuous personal contact with key volunteers, members, lapsed members and prospects throughout the state; will communicate regularly via phone and mail with those outside the state.
- Manage the operations of the Development, Private Grants, and Alumni Relations functions of the College of Education; hires, supervises and evaluates staff; oversees maintenance of files, contact reports and records associated with these activities.
- Responsible for effective prospect tracking, record keeping, reporting and administration aligned with the metrics and reporting from the College of Education and UFA.
- Build, manage and lead a strong team of development professionals. Identify and recruit top talent and provide leadership, counsel on matters relating to fundraising, and accountability including establishing goals in alignment with unit objectives, developing metrics and strategic planning. In addition, incumbent will attend senior development meetings.
- Plan and monitor the budget using resources for best results in fundraising and planning activities involving volunteers, prospects, faculty and administration.
- Oversee staff and ensure processes are in alignment with the organization’s vision, mission and values; use best talent management practices; ensure best practices in office systems, practices, files and record keeping; ensure effective use of strategic tools and resources such as contact reports, prospect management, research, and analysis, and the Advance database.
- Build collaborative, productive relationships with key leadership, colleagues, deans, department chairs and units and provide leadership to enhance strategic fundraising.
- Strive to create an inclusive and accessible environment for all, promote and sustain diversity in the workplace in all its forms.
Dean’s Leadership Circle
- Administration of the Dean’s Leadership Circle (DLC) which is comprised of annual donors of $1,000+. This includes developing an unrestricted annual giving goal for the DLC, coordinating a communications strategy, and creating a reporting structure to evaluate and communicate progress.
Perform related duties as required or deemed appropriate to the accomplishment of the responsibilities and functions related to this position.
• Five to six years of fundraising experience with proven success soliciting gifts of $50,000+.
• 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.
• Knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, and standards.
• Expertise in developing solicitation strategies.
• 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.
• 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.
• An appreciation for and support of diversity in the workplace in all its forms; proven success working with stakeholders; excellent strategic planning and project management skills; experience in a data-driven environment; organizational skills; and the ability to lead, influence and motivate others are required.
• Working knowledge in these areas: Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, WWW 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.