Senior Associate Vice President for Development
University of Florida - UFL - Florida

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Senior Associate Vice President for Development

Development and Alumni Affairs / UF Foundation, Inc.
The UF Office of Development and Alumni Affairs seeks an exceptional leader with substantial fundraising experience to serve as Sr. Associate Vice President for Development (SAVP-D). Reporting to the to Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, Thomas J. Mitchell, the SAVP-D will assume broad authority to manage and shape the university’s next comprehensive fundraising campaign.

About the UF Office of Development and Alumni Affairs (ODAA)
The ODAA exists to promote UF, increase philanthropy, manage and grow UF’s endowment, ensure the appropriate use of funds and pursue best governance practices. The ODAA completed a seven-year capital campaign in fall 2012 and experienced its most successful year in UF history. Although UF’s capital campaign, “Florida Next” won’t begin until 2016, the UF Foundation has adopted a strategic plan called UF Preeminence, which will guide the ODAA through 2016. UF Preeminence, which consists of seven initiatives that guide the strategic plan, will help position our unit as the gold standard among our cohort group.

About the University of Florida
The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research institution. It is the flagship of Florida’s diverse higher education system. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research, and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities, and the only member institution in the state of Florida. UF is consistently ranked among the nation's top universities: No. 19 in U.S. News & World Report "Top Public Universities" (September 2011); No. 2 in Kiplinger's "Best Values in Public Colleges" (2012) and No. 3 in the Princeton Review Best Value Public Colleges (2012).

The Opportunity
The SAVP-D will be responsible for direct management of the Warrington College of Business; the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the College of Engineering; they will also have strategic oversight for Gator Boosters athletic fundraising; and the Health Sciences in alignment with the campaign. The SAVP-D will have significant authority to help shape, build, and manage the ODAA’s greatest assets: human, technological and financial. The incumbent will serve as the organization’s chief development officer, one who can manage a high-level portfolio of principal and leadership gift prospects, manage his/her team and inspire a culture of high performance, collegiality and professionalism throughout the organization. The SAVP-D will be a chief architect in seeing that the development operation becomes a model in the higher education advancement community, leading a state-of-the-art fundraising program that will unite stakeholders behind a vision for philanthropy.

The ideal candidate will possess:
• Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and seven years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and nine years of appropriate experience.
• 10 or more years major gift fund raising experience in institution of higher education.
• 5 or more years of senior development leadership, with experience managing large development teams.
• Superior strategic skills with a strong grasp of industry best practices and a holistic understanding of all aspects of development and campaign management.
• Experience working in a complex environment serving many internal clients and external constituents with the ability to network throughout the University, serving as a resource and identifying resources.
• Collaborative and collegial orientation, eager and able to engage a diverse stakeholder base, and able to build strong professional relationships.
• Record of creative and entrepreneurial management; the ability to build, lead, mentor and motivate staff; and the ability to encourage change and growth in both people and programs. A strong commitment to personal and professional development, and the ability to build a strong, autonomous and collaborative team.
• Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization. Strong personal integrity and work ethic, as well as a sense of humor and perspective.
• A deep appreciation for and ability to articulate the academic goals and ambitions of the University of Florida, especially with respect to the case for philanthropic support.

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package. The absence of state income tax is an additional plus!

At the University of Florida Foundation, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, we have adopted the GOLD Standard and that means we are committed to being the best each day; that is the Florida way. Consider advancing your career in development with a proven leader in academic philanthropy and become a member of the Gator Nation.

This position is open until filled. Resumes will be reviewed beginning September 27, 2013. Qualified candidates should complete an on-line application at: :, Requisition # 0903780. Upload a cover letter, resume and list of three references to the requisition number corresponding to the position for which you wish to be considered. For further information about this position, please contact:

Tara Blythe, Associate Vice President
Talent Management, Strategy and Planning
Telephone: (352) 392-5473

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to diversity. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information about advancement opportunities with the UF ODAA, please visit our website at