Foundation Director of Development, University Libraries

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Job ID: 44374

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


FSU Foundation


The Director of Development for University Libraries will strategically design and execute a personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic support by maximizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects for gifts at the $50,000 and up level. The incumbent will secure, on an annual basis, private support at the major gift range and will also be responsible for identification of potential major gift prospects. The incumbent will be expected to uphold and exemplify the operating practices and mission of the Foundation.

Strategic Fundraising Development
Works with the Dean of University Libraries, the Associate Vice President for Constituent Programs, and other members of the College's development, communication and alumni team to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the College, the University and the Foundation. Develops, coordinates and executes an annual major gift plan of University Libraries, implementing fund-raising activities designed to meet an established monetary goal. Establishes new relationships resulting in philanthropic revenue, maintains existing relationships which may generate new philanthropic revenue, and provides prospect/donor-related assessments of the performance of University Libraries and the FSU Foundation. Identifies, qualifies and sustains a donor prospect pipeline with individuals, corporations and foundations who have a giving capacity of $50,000 or more. Secures gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of FSU.

Central Development Collaboration
Coordinates with FSU Foundation colleagues to identify prospects for planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, and major giving. Coordinates an annual giving plan for the Libraries with the FSU Foundation's Director of Annual Giving. Exhibits and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the philanthropic priorities of the college unit, effectively matching the specific interests of prospects to those specific needs. Assists in the facilitation of meetings, communications, informational exchanges and project/philanthropic coordination with the faculty and faculty chairs. Plans for and initiates direct activities with prospects that are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University.

Prepares proposals and gift agreements as required for proper gift documentation. Prepares correspondence with prospects and documents communications, solicitation activity and gift information in compliance with Foundation reporting guidelines. Creates, inspires and maintains donor loyalty, interest and enthusiasm through stewardship communication and activities designed to express recognition, appreciation and the impact of their gift(s). Implementation of such a stewardship plan may include, but should not be limited to: letters, communication of unit or university initiatives, invitations to appropriate activities, meetings, events, student engagement or the facilitation of campus visits. Protects confidential information. Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Volunteer Council/Board Management
Assists in the management of all volunteer boards associated with University Libraries. Effectively communicates organization's mission and represents the organization's culture to external stakeholders.


Bachelor's degree and six years of experience; or a high school diploma/equivalent and ten years of experience. (Note: post-high school education can substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.)

Demonstrated, progressive experience in seeking financial support for multi-million dollar programs or initiatives.
Excellent communication skills to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills.
Must be a self-starter and comfortable working independently.
Ability and willingness to travel.
Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
Ability to maintain consistent and constructive communication with the Dean and Foundation.
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook or equivalent software.

Valid FL or GA Driver's License, or the ability to obtain.

*Applicants must upload a resume with their application.*


Advanced degree.
Campaign experience.
Minimum of three years of experience in major gift development or relative annual giving experience in a university setting.
Professional demeanor, teamwork approach, and a can-do, assertive philosophy.
Creative thinking and a recognition of the impact of meaningful stewardship.
Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and show careful attention to detail.

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

*Applicants must upload a resume with their application.*

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Posted: 11/8/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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