Assistant Vice President for University Development and Alumni Engagement

University of North Florida
September 18, 2023
Offerd Salary:$125,000
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Job Title Assistant Vice President for University Development and Alumni Engagement

Position Number 336040 Requisition Number B08462 Position Type Administrative Class Code 7780 Time-limited through N/A Type of Appointment Full-Time Faculty Position Sub-Type N/A Length of Appointment N/A Internal Recruitment? No Working Hours M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm; Occ. nights/weekends Department Univ Development/Alumni Engagement Organization Univ Development/Alumni Engagement Division Univ Development/Alumni Engagement College N/A Approved Hiring Salary Range $125,000.00 to negotiable Pay Basis Annually Equal Opportunity

In 2020, the University of North Florida (UNF) received the prestigious INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only application-based national award for U.S. colleges and universities that exhibit an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. In addition, UNF ranked highest among the HEED institutions and was recognized as a 2020 Diversity Champion.

The University of North Florida (UNF) is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. The University of North Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not commit or permit discrimination or harassment on the basis of genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or veteran status in any educational, employment, social, recreational program or activity that it offers. In addition, UNF will not commit or permit retaliation against an individual who reports discrimination or harassment or an individual who cooperates in an investigation of an alleged violation of university regulation.


UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution. This designation celebrates the University's collaboration with community partners from the local to the global level. It reflects UNF's mission to contribute to the public good and prepare educated, engaged citizens.

Faculty Initiatives

The University of North Florida promotes the quality and effectiveness of education and strives to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in all phases of instruction, research/scholarship/creative activity, and service.

General Description / Primary Purpose

The Assistant Vice President for University Development and Alumni Engagement provides oversight of the fundraising team, represent the University and the UNF Foundation at public functions and may act on behalf of the Vice President for University Development and Alumni Engagement in their absence.

Essential Duties

Job Function

The Assistant Vice President for University Development and Alumni Engagement (UDAE) serves as the second in command of the UDAE Division and represents the Vice President for UDAE as needed. The Assistant Vice President has strong relationships with leaders (VPs and AVPs) across campus, with Foundation Board members and with high level donors and leaders in the community.

The Assistant Vice President shares dual supervision responsibilities with the dean of the constituent directors of development (DODs) in the six colleges, MOCA, and Academic Affairs. Also shares dual supervision responsibilities with DODs in several colleges/units that contain assistant directors of development (ADODs). The Assistant Vice President regularly consults with deans regarding fundraising priorities, strategies for high level donors and compliance with Foundation policies. The Assistant Vice President builds, motivates and manages talented, team-oriented staff. Directs DODs and ADODs in the formulation of complete major gift development program plans for each college/unit including goal setting, identifying prospects, strategic solicitations, and approving gift agreements. Works with DODs to develop strategies for major gift prospects and coordinate activities of ADODs. The Assistant Vice President works with Deans/Unit leaders and DODs to ensure fundraising goals are met on annual basis and this amount usually exceeds $30M per year. Conducts monthly and quarterly review of goals and performance. Prepares and develops special management reports related to fundraising and special funding projects as appropriate.

This position will oversee the planned giving operations across the University including estate gifts, gift annuities, trusts, etc. The Director of Planned Giving will report directly to the Assistant Vice President who will be responsible for oversight and final approval on external planned giving publications and communications. In addition, the Assistant Vice President will be responsible for oversight of Planned Giving policies and Planned Giving fundraising with goals set each year. The Assistant Vice President will ensure fundraising success in Planned Giving is achieved each year, in excess of $1M per year.

The Assistant Vice President will works closely with the UNF Foundation Board members and staff the UNFF Development Committee.

The Assistant Vice President reviews and approves all gift agreements and gift letters that serve as legal documents outlining the gift, criteria (if scholarships), compliance, requirements and recognition. These gift agreements and gift letters are legally binding for the UNF Foundation and require expertise on gift acceptance policies, national best practices, scholarships criteria legalities, compliance, etc.

The Assistant Vice President has a highly visible role on campus and in the community. The Assistant Vice President will ideally serve on Boards within the community as appropriate to connect in the community and represent UNF.

Develops training programs for development staff and other University personnel including education on UNF Foundation policies, industry best practices, skill sets and strategies for success. The Assistant Vice President designs and implements 8 educational in-services each year for the fundraising team members and also designs and implements development training/educational sessions for the Deans/Unit leaders twice per year.

Develops and maintains productive relationships with major donors and key volunteers. Carries a portfolio of major gift prospects and personally raises funds in excess of $2M per year. The Assistant Vice President often works in collaboration with Deans and other fundraisers when soliciting certain donors, and jointly solicits when appropriate.

This position will serve as the liaison and coordinate with the Assistant Vice President for Research position that oversees the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Together they will set policy and review pending funding to ensure that the dollars flow into the correct location, either the Foundation or the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Informs the EOI office of allegations of sexual misconduct or discrimination by students at the onset of the issue, findings of investigations, and outcomes of student conduct hearing involving charges in these matters.

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

Percentage Of Time 100

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Marginal Functions

May represent the university on local, system-wide or state committees.

Required Qualifications

A Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in a directly related area of specialization and five years of experience directly related to the job functions; or a Bachelor's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in a directly related area of specialization and seven years of experience directly related to the job functions.

Faculty Position Required Qualifications


Departmental Requirements

Appropriate experience is defined as direct fundraising, fundraising management, or volunteer management experience.

Candidates must have a proven track record of major gift fundraising success. Management experience of development officers required with a centralized/decentralized organization model preferred. Expected to raise support in addition to management responsibilities.

Candidates should be experienced in methods of solicitation and basic knowledge of PG Calc or Crecendo packages. Experience with Raiser's Edge fundraising software is preferred. Must have demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills. Should have a high degree of initiative, good judgement, tact, and be able to work independently. Able to travel, sometimes on short notice. CFRE Certification is preferred. (Certified Fund Raising Executive)

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.

Required Licensure or Certification


Machines/Equipment used regularly


Anticipated Start Date 10/16/2023 Job Posting Date 08/08/2023 Application Review Date Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Point of Contact Information Emily Gebbia, 904-620-2177 Hiring Official Teresa Nichols Location if not Jacksonville N/A Special Instructions

Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents, at www. in order to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Emily Gebbia at (904) 620-2177, or [email protected].

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  • What is the highest level of education you have attained?
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  • Masters Degree
  • PhD
  • How many years of experience do you have in Non-Profit/Higher Education fundraising?
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  • 3-5 Years
  • 6-8 Years
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  • Do you have experience supervising fundraisers?
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