Assistant Director for Leadership Annual Giving - Hiring Immediately

University of Central Florida Remote
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Unleash YOUR Potential With Us

As a next-generation public research institute, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world's most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you'll play an integral role in pushing us forward to become among the most impactful universities in the country. You'll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck. We're seeking qualified, motivated individuals who will help UCF fulfill its mission in unleashing the potential of every individual, enriching the human experience through inclusion, discovery, and innovation; and propelling broad-based prosperity for the many communities we serve.

UCF Advancement:

Our Value Proposition

UCF Advancement powers partnerships and transforms lives through philanthropy. Your efforts on our team will transform the lives of many students, enable innovative faculty research projects, equip centers and institutes of service to diverse populations, and forge strategic partnerships. Our most valuable asset is our people. UCF has never been restrained by our past because our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends have always been optimistic dreamers focused on the future possibilities. UCF's rapid achievements are the result of the efforts of our people, and they will be our greatest asset as we focus on excellence. UCF's Advancement division comprises the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving and the UCF Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to assist donors wishing to offer private support to deliver resources beyond traditional funding sources, such as tuition, state support and government research grants. We are a powerful team of 130+ professionals who support the university by soliciting, accepting, and managing gifts as well as engaging alumni. Together, we work with alumni, friends, corporations, parents, and others who seek to make gifts in support of priorities and initiatives in alignment with the university's strategic plan.

The Opportunity:

The Assistant Director for Leadership Annual Giving will play a critical role in the effort to grow mid-level giving with a primary focus on alumni.

Your Total Health

UCF offers a comprehensive benefits package with you and your total health in mind. Our benefits focus on your physical, mental, financial, social, and occupational well-being. Key benefits include:

* Tuition Waivers for you, your spouse, or eligible dependent child

* Very Generous Paid Time Off/Vacation Time & Sick Leave * Paid Holidays ,

* Affordable Healthcare - including Medical, Dental, Vision, & Supplemental Plans (Accident/Cancer/Disability/Hospitalization)

* Multiple Retirement Plans

* Health Savings Accounts, Health & Wellness Programs, Flexible Spending Accounts,

* Health Savings Account / Flexible Spending Accounts,

* Life and Disability Insurance,

* Parental Leave

* Free Fitness Center, Professional Development & LinkedIn Learning

* Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

* Discounted tickets to local theme parks, attractions, movie theaters, and transportation providers

* Discounted tickets to UCF School of Performing Arts,

* UCF Technology Product Center Discounts on personal hardware and software

* On-campus childcare


Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Manages and retains a portfolio of at least 75 donors by cultivating relationships through consistent outreach and personal visits to build their affinity and grow their philanthropy to the university.

  • Cultivates, solicits, and stewards leadership level annual gifts.

  • Conducts face-to-face visits with leadership annual giving donors and prospects.

  • Identifies over 500 new prospects through strategic discovery processes to increase the number of alumni that contribute to the university at a leadership level.

  • Collaborates with assigned colleges to develop and execute on annual and long-term strategic goals that connect alumni and build their affinity to solicit philanthropic contributions.

  • Develops meaningful touch points for cultivation and stewardship through collaboration with Alumni Engagement by recruiting and enlisting volunteer leaders to assist in engagement activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's or Master's degree and 2+ years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful fundraising experience. Ability to effectively communicate, handle multiple priorities, and handle the pressure of deadlines.

  • Able to travel, attend and conduct meetings on and off campus, and make presentations before large and small groups. Expertise in relationship building with new donors while maintaining ongoing relationships.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Comfortable operating in a matrixed environment. Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills.

  • Experience working in a complex University environment. Experience working with various technologies including advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office and CRM systems. The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively to achieve goals with a commitment to delivering exceptional customer service.

Additional Application Materials Required:

In addition to your application, please submit a Cover Letter and Resume.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The selected candidate must have the ability to work nights and weekends, as well as attend and conduct meetings on and off campus, and travel, as required.

This position offers a hybrid remote work option.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages, including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending, and Employee Assistance Program

  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays

  • Retirement savings options

  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando attractions

  • Education assistance

  • Flexible work environment

  • And more...For more benefits information, go to UCF Employee Benefits Guide (12-14-21)

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region's talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It's one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation's top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF's expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.


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Work Schedule

Monday - Friday; 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with ability to work nights and weekends and travel,

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Expected Salary


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at http//

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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