University of Florida - Gainesville, FL

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The Assistant Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs will partner with the University of Florida and Shands HealthCare senior leadership and physician leaders of unsurpassed ability and accomplishment and will benefit from the active involvement of the Dean of the College of Medicine and CEO of Shands HealthCare.

The new Assistant Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs will inherit a division that has surpassed its

$315M goal for the Florida Tomorrow Campaign. The division has a staff of 25 and a budget of $3 million.

The next Assistant Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs will be an accomplished leader with a career record of success in development. He or she will have a proven track record of building high functioning programs, leadership experience at equally prestigious institutions, a passion for achievement, exceptional leadership qualities and an open and collaborative approach. In addition, the Assistant Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs will have an exceptional record in major gift fund raising, along with the capacity to lead others in the process of developing major gift strategies as well as demonstrate the highest personal integrity.

The incumbent will lead a comprehensive advancement program for the College of Medicine and Shands HealthCare with responsibility for development, alumni relations, stewardship activities in strong collaboration with college and department programs. The incumbent is responsible for developing and executing the fundraising program to fulfill the financial needs as identified by the Dean and unit leaders and in alignment with the strategic initiatives of the University and Development and Alumni Affairs and UF Foundation, Inc. ( ODAA /Foundation). He or she will serve as a strategic partner with the College and ODAA /Foundation ensuring conformity with the central fund raising efforts and the overall university development and alumni programs and goals and in promoting a culture of philanthropy by broadening constituents’ understanding of the value of giving.

The incumbent is responsible for the design and implementation of a broad range of public support programs for the College of Medicine and Shands HealthCare including fund raising, donor communications, and outreach to public support groups.


At ODAA /Foundation we are committed to “The Gold Standard Culture” and live it through:

Our Vision: To Be The Best (TB2)

Our 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.).

Essential Functions:
1. The incumbent in this position will work to combine the major gift fundraising programs of the College of Medicine and Shands HealthCare. The incumbent will serve as the chief major gift fundraiser for the College of Medicine and UF&Shands HealthCare Major Gifts Program and will lead and execute the major gift program, effectively building a pipeline of prospects to ensure future success of the fundraising program. As such, he/she is responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and the stewardship of the College’s and Hospital’s major gift prospects. The incumbent focuses on individual, corporate, and foundation prospects primarily at the $500,000 level and above, and primarily at the $1M level and above. It will be expected of the incumbent to grow and work with the current base of principal gift prospects for UF&Shands.

  • 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 the Foundation; must properly handle leadership, annual gifts and pledges made to the University and Hospital.
  • As steward of major gift prospects, coordinates with the College of Medicine and Shands HealthCare staff and their appropriate involvement with donors interested in specific college and hospital activities.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with prospects to develop their interest and participation in major business fundraising projects and to provide information concerning the utilization of gifts
2. He/She directs the planning and implementation all major gift fundraising and alumni activities for the College and Hospital. Serves as advisor to the Dean of the College and CEO of Shands HealthCare on fundraising matters and coordinates development activities between the College and Hospital with the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. Evaluate the program using established attributes and metrics to produce accurate reports, to guide effective decision making and to achieve the vision “TB2”.

3. Manages the operations of the Development, Grants, and Public Information functions of the College of Medicine; hires, supervises and evaluates staff; managing the staff using talent management best practices in alignment with the Vision of TB2 and R.A.I.S.E. Values; oversees maintenance of files and records and ensures best practices in office systems, files and record keeping; ensures effective use of strategic tools and resources such as contact reports, prospect management, research, and analysis, and the Advance database. Plans and monitors the budget, using resources for best results in fundraising and planning activities involving volunteers, prospects, faculty and administration.

4. The incumbent determines major gift fundraising and alumni policies as they pertain to the College and Hospital; responsible for planning and implementing short and long term development and alumni programs, as well as strategies for the College and Hospital; designs solicitation strategies on case by case basis, being cognizant of development and college office needs and procedures. Creates a structured process for the identification, recruitment, evaluation, recognition, and replacement of volunteers to strengthen fundraising effectiveness. Participates in recruiting experienced and diverse leadership on boards and/or committees in order to ensure that these groups are representative of, and responsive to, the communities served.

5. Other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.

Minimum Requirements:
Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and six years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience.

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