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Chief Advancement Officer, Palm Beach County

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University of Florida
Location
Palm Beach

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Job no: 522590
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Palm Beach
Categories: Advancement, Executive/Director/Management
Department:50010000 - AD-VP ADVANCEMENT

Classification Title:

ASO VP, Development

Job Description:

The University of Florida Advancement is seeking a dynamic leader for the position of Chief Advancement Officer, Palm Beach County. The goal of this senior position is to provide leadership in building high-performing comprehensive philanthropy and community outreach programs in Palm Beach County, and will assume broad authority and strategic oversight of the Palm Beach County fundraising campaign. This position has a hybrid reporting structure, with direct reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, and indirect reporting to the Provost, Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Sr. Vice President for Health Affairs. This position will work in partnership with the WPB Chief Academic Officer, and the WPB Chief Operating Officer, and serve as the primary point of contact for external stakeholders. The incumbent will manage a high-level portfolio of principal gift prospects while serving as a liaison to UF Government & Community Relations and UF Strategic Communications & Marketing.

The role and responsibilities are as follows:

Fundraising/Leadership Principal Gifts

  • Carry an individual portfolio, and work in partnership with the UF Advancement Chief Development Officer, the UF Health Chief Advancement Officer, and College-based development teams directing the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors rated above $5M.
  • Work in partnership with Principal Gifts to develop and execute principal gift strategies for solicitations.
  • Work in partnership with the Advancement Chief Development Officer, the Chief Academic Officer of West Palm Beach Campus, Chief Operating Officer of West Palm Beach Campus, and the Chief Academic Officer for Scripps Florida in establishing strategy and appropriate infrastructure to accomplish goals.
  • Develop and present gift proposals, and acknowledge and recognize gifts in ways that are meaningful to donors and appropriate to the vision, mission, and values of the unit(s) and UF Advancement.
  • Develop support for the program by effectively involving stakeholders, such as volunteers, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and members of the advisory board.
  • Design solicitation strategies on case by case basis, being cognizant of development and college office needs and procedures; will maintain continuous personal contact with key volunteers, members, lapsed members and prospects.

High Performing Teams

  • Establish and supervise high-performing development teams for Scripps and West Palm Beach Campus and work in partnership with the Provost/Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Sr. Vice President of Health Affairs, and the Vice President for Advancement on fundraising goal setting; provide consistent reporting on progress.
  • Lead the team in developing and presenting major gift proposals, acknowledging and recognizing gifts in ways that are meaningful to donors and appropriate to the vision, mission, and values of the unit and UF Advancement.
  • Lead the team in designing solicitation strategies on case by case basis, being cognizant of development and college office needs and procedures; will maintain continuous personal contact with key volunteers, members, lapsed members and prospects.
  • Partner with central Advancement teams, including Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives, Corporate & Foundation Relations, and Office of Estate & Gift Planning in managing leadership and principal gift prospects and donors with multi-college interests.

Constituent Engagement

  • Convene and facilitate cross-functional teams as needed to have a high performing development program.
  • Build consensus around strategy internally and externally, invest in and establish stronger partnerships with university stakeholders.
  • In consultation with the Provost, Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Sr. Vice President for Health Affairs, and the Vice President of Advancement, establish and/or grow volunteer Advisory Council(s) as needed.
  • In conjunction with the AVP for Strategic Communications and Marketing and University Relations, implement a comprehensive communication plan, creating a compelling case for volunteer support.
  • In partnership with the Vice President of Advancement, lead the Volunteer Leadership Group and CEO Roundtable, and provide leadership support to grassroots alumni efforts.
  • Represent the university to prospective students, parents, alumni, staff, and vendors, and provide relevant information on the University of Florida and areas interest; utilize a variety of mediums to connect guests with the appropriate contacts on campus; and communicate university procedures, answer various questions, coordinate services, and handle special requests.

Government & Community Relations (GCR)

  • Serve as a liaison to the Vice President of Government & Community Relations.
  • In partnership with university leadership, establish and execute a community outreach plan for Palm Beach County. Incumbent will represent the University of Florida in Palm Beach County, and establish a strong presence in the community.
  • Plan, organize and direct programs to advance the university’s priorities for Palm Beach County (Scripps and West Palm Beach Urban Campus) and organize and direct programs to involve stakeholders (e.g. donors, alumni, community members, government elected officials & staff, and media) in support of the university priorities.
  • Engage GCR and solicit support and collaboration as appropriate.
  • Monitor for potential issues and notify GCR should issues arise.

Strategic Communications & Marketing (SCM)

  • Serve as a liaison to the Vice President, Strategic Communications & Marketing.
  • Assist SCM staff in identifying news, marketing and social media story possibilities of interest to local, state and national audiences.
  • Assist in connecting SCM staff with contacts for story development.
  • Monitor for potential issues and notify SCM should issues arise.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in also aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits and training.

UF Advancement is committed to attracting, hiring, and retaining a diverse workforce and values diversity of thoughts, background, and experience. We welcome applications from individuals who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s vision and mission.

The University of Florida

The University of Florida ranks 6th among public research universities and is the flagship of Florida’s state university system. Located in Gainesville since 1906, UF has 16 colleges, a major academic health center, a championship-winning athletic program, a top-ranked undergraduate online program and, in keeping with its land-grant mission, one of the nation’s most comprehensive agriculture and natural resources programs. All are based at the university’s 2,000-acre main campus, joining its historic core with advanced facilities and preserved natural areas, and connecting to adjacent innovation, commercial and residential districts.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Melissa Long, Assistant Vice President - Talent Management at 352-846-1127 or [email protected].

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and ten years of appropriate experience with demonstrated success soliciting gifts at $1 million and above in an institution of higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Seven to ten years of major gift fundraising experience with proven success soliciting leadership gifts of $1M+ and above strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience in a college or university setting, enthusiasm for fundraising in a comprehensive research university and the desire to work collegially within a goal-oriented fundraising organization are strongly desired.
  • Must be a self-starter and possess strong leadership, strategic planning and management skills.
  • The ability to motivate others in a team-oriented organization, act in a leadership role, handle multiple priorities and work pressure, and understand the needs of staff and coworkers needed.
  • The ability to work strategically, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers is highly desired.
  • Must be an outstanding communicator and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills; interpersonal skills; and the ability to work collegially and interact effectively with a diverse constituency.
  • An appreciation for and support of diversity in the workplace in all its forms; proven success working with stakeholders; excellent strategic planning and project management skills; experience in a data-driven environment; organizational skills; and the ability to lead, influence and motivate others are required.
  • Working knowledge in these areas: Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, internet browsers, preferably Internet Explorer, E-mail. Working knowledge of a donor database, contact management and tracking system is highly preferred.
  • The ability and willingness to travel. A valid driver license and good driving record are essential.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter, resume and three references.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply.

Health Assessment Required:No

Advertised: 18 Jul 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 20 Jul 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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