Assistant Director, Development

Lakeland, Florida
Jun 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Florida Polytechnic University Advancement seeks a proactive and entrepreneurial Assistant Director who can identify, cultivate and solicit donors; serve as a development liaison, supports fundraising special projects and development initiatives for a comprehensive fundraising program that advances the mission of the University throughout the Hi Tech Corridor (focus on the greater Tampa/St Petersburg area). Assistant Director will report to the Lakeland Development office, but the position allows for location flexibility throughout the region.   


  • Identifies, cultivates, and solicits philanthropic support by developing and maintaining relationships with assigned prospects; manages special projects; carries out fundraising priorities in the unit.
  • Supports fundraising strategies and methods or activities to ensure proper acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship of donors; participates in developing campaign materials, case statements, and brochures; works in collaboration to prepare reports and prospect research materials.
  • Builds working relationships and serves as development liaison to internal and external constituents; nurtures culture of philanthropic support throughout Florida’s Hi Tech Corridor.
  • Manage information on and activities with key constituents and provides regular reporting on progress through the Customer Relationship Management System
  • Participates in professional development organizations, committees, boards, and meetings; travels locally, and out-of-town as necessary; prepares call reports in a timely manner.
  • Participates in special projects and other duties as assigned.  


  • Knowledge of development/fundraising concepts and appropriate solicitation techniques
  • Strong interpersonal/human relations skills
  • Strong verbal and professional written communication skills
  • Marketing and presentation skills
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to interact with diplomacy and tact amid influential clients and diverse groups
  • Ability to maintain relationships with significant and influential individuals
  • Ability to solicit and close gifts
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
  • Document information about donors, campaigns and fundraising goals.
  • Plan, schedule and execute outreach campaigns and fundraising events.
  • Analyze data, confirm results, and brainstorm new campaigns.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with Industry leaders and potential donors
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competence in managing multiple projects and working within deadlines.
  • Ability to travel as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization.
  • Four years of development experience, preferably in higher education; however a similar record of professional service and applicants who exhibit work history relevant to development work will receive careful consideration.


  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04
  • This position is subject to federal and state privacy regulations.

NORMAL WORK SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.   Occasional overtime (weekends and evenings) may be required.

EXPECTED STARTING SALARY:            $52,000 - 62,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE:         The position is open until filled.

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