ASO DIR, Development

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Advancement
Department:23010100 - CJC-JOURN / COMMUNICA-ADMIN

Classification Title:

ASO DIR, Development

Job Description:

Bring Your Leadership to a Culture of Excellence!

The College of Journalism and Communications (CJC) at the University of Florida (UF) is seeking an Associate Director of Development to be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding potential individual donors for the CJC.  Reporting to the Senior Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, the incumbent will develop and execute the fundraising program to fulfill the financial needs as identified by the Dean and the Senior Director in alignment with the strategic initiatives of UF Advancement (UFA). He or she will promote a culture of philanthropy by broadening constituents’ understanding of the value of giving.

Key Duties:  

  • Build a portfolio of fundraising prospects and strategically manage relationships through face-to-face visits, which requires regional travel.
  • Collaborate with the Gift Planning team to develop and implement gifting strategies.
  • Qualify potential gift targets and prepare materials such as proposals and fact sheets. 
  • Develop and implement a mid-range and major giving donor gifting strategy.
  • Assist in developing and implementing a comprehensive communications plan to inform constituents and identified markets about the mission, vision, and values of the unit, its funding priorities, and gift opportunities. 
  • Acknowledge and recognize gifts in ways that are meaningful to donors and appropriate to the mission, vision, and values of the unit and UF Advancement.
  • Assist with alumni and donor stewardship programs for the department.
  • Assist with writing content for proposals, development brochures, case statements, alumni magazine articles and other development materials as needed.
  • Oversee the engagement and activities around the Grand Guard events, Thank-A-Thon and I (Heart) CJC.
  • Provide research, market, and prospect information for inclusion into the UFA’s integrated database, and handle confidential prospect information in a sensitive, ethical manner.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our faculty, staff and students come from all walks of life. The richness of that diversity contributes to our innovation and shared success. Join a culture that fosters an environment of inclusion, awareness, and engagement.

About the College of Journalism and Communications

The College of Journalism and Communications is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) and is home to four departments – Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Telecommunication. The college provides hands-on learning immersion experiences through the Innovation News Center, The Agency, Frank gatherings, the Division of Multimedia Properties, the Summer Media Institute, undergraduate research, various extracurricular groups and activities, etc. To learn more:

About the Advancement Team

The Advancement and Alumni Relations Team is an integral part of the Dean’s Office and an extension of the ODAA/UF Foundation. We are committed to “The Gold Standard Culture” and live it through our vision and values.

Vision: To Be the Best
Values: As a passionate, competitive, hardworking team, we take great pride in our culture/values of Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Stewardship, Excellence (R.A.I.S.E.)

Advancement and Alumni Relations Team:

About the City of Gainesville

Gainesville ( is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and so is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. Additionally, the city owns a regional transit system, a regional airport, and a 72-par championship golf course. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban "forest," Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida.

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Expected Salary:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience 

Minimum Requirements:

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

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three plus years of fundraising experience in development, alumni affairs, education, public relations, external affairs, station/media sales, and/or higher education
  • Prior experience in a college or university setting
  • Enthusiastic with a desire to work collegially   
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, and standards
  • Expertise in developing solicitation strategies
  • Competency in problem solving
  • Must be an outstanding communicator and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills; interpersonal skills; and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency.
  • Working knowledge of:  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 
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload resume and cover letter for consideration. 

**This position requires regional travel by automobile; maintaining an acceptable driving record that meets insurance requirements and an active Florida driver license must be maintained in order to meet this function.

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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