Director of Development I

Posted on 04/26/2024

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

The University of Central Florida is seeking a dynamic and results-oriented Development Director I to join our Advancement & Partnerships division. This role plays a pivotal role in advancing the university’s mission and fundraising efforts by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individuals for major gifts for Student Success and Well-Being (SSWB) and supervises the Associate Director of Development for College of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS). 

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker, persuasive communicator, and relationship builder with a track record of securing major gifts.


Prospect Identification & Cultivation:

  • Identifies, cultivates, and manages an assigned portfolio of prospective donors for major gifts.

  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with donors and prospects through regular communication and engagement.

Solicitation & Stewardship:

  • Creates and executes individualized solicitations and solicitation plans for donors, leveraging philanthropic interests to effectively solicit and close a defined number of major gifts within a specified time frame for specific schools, colleges, or units on campus.

  • Collaborating with Donor Experience team to ensure timely and meaningful recognition.

Partnership & Relationship Building:

  • Works closely with leaders to identify funding priorities and opportunities aligned with SSWB programming and the vision, mission, and values of the University, division and UCF Foundation.

  • Identifies and facilitates opportunities for university leaders and colleagues to support the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors, promoting engagement and fostering a culture of philanthropy.

Strategic Fundraising Activities:

  • Works closely with the Development team to create and implement strategic fundraising activities focused on acquiring major gifts, including the development and execution of comprehensive fundraising strategies.

  • Collaborates with gift officers in other units and on regional campuses, as appropriate, to maximize engagement.

Leveraging Resources: 

  • Develops strong relationships with Advancement & Partnerships leadership, staff, and departments.

  • Leverages available tools and resources and stays ahead of industry trends and best practices in fundraising to integrate them into daily work and enhance fundraising strategies.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and 6+ years of relevant experience. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience pursuant to Fla. Stat. 112.219

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven track record of successfully cultivating and soliciting gifts of $50,000 and above from individuals, corporations, or foundations.

  • Experience in fundraising, nonprofit, or higher education setting. 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to engage and inspire donors.

  • Experience with CRM systems such as Blackbaud CRM or Raiser’s Edge and technology.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.

  • Knowledge of fundraising best practices and philanthropic trends.

The anticipated salary for a well-qualified candidate is $85,285 – $104,238.

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