Sr. Director of Development of Academic Affairs

Posted on 07/17/2019

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

General Description / Primary Purpose

The Senior Director of Development, under the direction of the Assistant Vice President and/or Provost, provides leadership and guidance for a university department.

Job Function

The Senior Director Development for Academic Affairs is responsible for all development activities in the Division. Specifically, the Senior Director will: identify, cultivate, solicit and provide stewardship of major donors for Division initiatives at the level of $100,000 or more, recruit members to and manage the Division’s Leadership Council, plan and staff the Division’s annual fund drives, and work with leadership to identify giving opportunities to meet Division needs. Develop strategies and materials for attracting external prospects, as well as alumni, to support Division needs, while providing important stewardship to existing donors, which includes individuals, corporations and foundations. Develop and customize diverse fundraising strategies, purposeful events and activities to engage donor constituencies for the Division of Academic Affairs, which includes, but is not limited to: Military and Veterans Resource Center, Undergraduate Studies, Library, Environmental Center, LGBT Center, Lend-A-Wing, Continuing Education, OLLI, Recreation and Wellness and more.

The Senior Director of Development will also manage the Director of Development for Academic Affairs, the Coordinator of the UNF Parents Program and an administrative staff person, creating a fundraising team of four.

During declared campus emergencies, this position may be required to perform specific job duties at a designated off campus location or place of residence.

Marginal Functions

May represent the University on local or system-wide committees.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a directly related area of specialization and four years of experience directly related to the job functions.

Departmental Requirements

Preference given to applicants who meet the required qualifications and also possess the following: Experience in major gifts fundraising and direct management of employees required. Related experience may include a combination of volunteer board management, external sales, external/community affairs, business development, marketing or experience that involves reaching out to external constituencies to engage more closely with the company or organization that you represent. High degree of initiative and self-motivation, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence are all necessary. Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills are required. Proven ability to effectively utilize the Microsoft Office Suite of products, as well familiarity and comfort using a customer relationship management program.

Statement(s) of Understanding Definition

This position requires a background check. In conjunction with the University’s policy, this position may also require a credit check.

The holder of this position is designated as a “Responsible Employee” pursuant to their role under Title IX. Therefore, the incumbent must promptly report allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse by or against any student, employee, contractor, or visitor to the University’s Title IX Administrator or any divisional Title IX Coordinator.

Special Instructions

Applicants must complete an online application at in order to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply online will not be considered for this position. Once you submit your completed application you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Amelia Rubino at (904) 620-1891 or at [email protected]


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