University of Florida: Senior Development Director

University of Florida

Position: Senior Development Director

Salary: Level 5. Actual starting salary commensurate with applicant's skills, knowledge and abilities.

Requisition #: 0703237

Deadline: Open until filled.

Job Summary:

The George A. Smathers Libraries is recruiting for the position of Senior Development Director. The Senior Director of Development, Smathers Libraries designs, implements and manages a fundraising and donor relations program for the George A. Smathers Libraries. This position serves as a senior member of the Library Administration and participates in strategic planning for development and manages Development Council activities. Works collaboratively with the library directors, chairs and librarians, the Senior Director of Development has primary responsibility for directing library efforts that encompass major gifts, donor stewardship, development of public support groups, fundraising event coordination and relations between the Libraries, its Development Council, the University of Florida and the UF Foundation, Inc. The incumbent is responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and the stewardship of major gift prospects. Though office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. considerable after hours and weekend activities are essential to satisfactory performance. Extensive travel is also required.

The duties of this position include:

  1. Works closely with the Dean of University Libraries and library administration to define and prioritize funding needs.
  2. Advises the Associate VP for Development and the Dean of University Libraries on library-related fundraising issues; participates in activities relative to campus-wide campaign planning and ongoing development issues; coordinates development activities between the Libraries, its Development Council, UF and the UF Foundation, Inc. Recommends Foundation policies for the long-term development of private support for Smathers Libraries.
  3. Serves as the major gifts fundraiser; plans, organizes and directs activities to secure major gifts; and, on a case by case basis, coordinates the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private support from donors to the Smathers Libraries from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The incumbent focuses on individual, corporate, and foundation prospects primarily at the $100,000 level and above. Extensive travel is required.
  4. Establishes and maintains contact with prospects to develop their interest and participation in major library fundraising projects and to provide information concerning the utilization of gifts.
  5. As steward of major gift prospects, coordinates with library staff their appropriate involvement with donors interested in specific library activities.
  6. Explores funding opportunities that coincide with the library's strategic plan and the University's interdisciplinary focus; e.g., technology enhancements, academic department and program support, research collection development.
  7. Oversees the Smathers Libraries Development Council; prepares a strategic plan including goals and objectives; develops agendas supporting their fund raising activities, and maintains constructive dialogues and contacts with the members.
  8. Oversees a strong public relations program for donors and potential donors; works with the Alumni Association utilizing library staff in Alumni events to increase recognition of the library among the alumni of the University.
  9. Manages the operations of the Development, Grants and Public Information functions of the libraries; hires, supervises and evaluates staff; oversees maintenance of files and records associated with these activities.
  10. Participates in professional programs at the state and national level as appropriate (CASE, DORAL, ALADN).

This position works closely with member Presidents, Deans, Library Directors and Library staff and reports to the Vice President for Academic Programs at the Appalachian College Association. The BCLA Director must be willing to work out of the ACA offices in Berea, KY, and commit to a significant amount of time to travel to member libraries and relevant meetings and conferences.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and six years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience.

Preferred qualifications:

Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to organize, establish objectives and priorities and achieve goals in an aggressive organizational environment; experience managing staff to achieve multiple strategic objectives; broad experience in capital campaign execution and follow-up; demonstrated ability to close major gift solicitations, including planned giving; demonstrated pragmatic consensus building skills; strong interpersonal skills and the temperament to work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies, both inside and outside the organization; ability to work comfortably in a decentralized organizational environment; ability to organize and work effectively with volunteers; computer literacy; ability and willingness to travel and work some weekends. Experience in a university library fundraising program is strongly preferred.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

This position is also titled Development/Alumni Affairs, Director 5 and will remain open until filled. Please apply online at to requisition number 0703237, and submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references. For further details about this and other development opportunities at the University of Florida, please contact Veronica Alexander or Bill Flanagan at 352-392-5408, or E-mail:

If an accommodation is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-4621 or TDD (352) 392-7734. All searches are conducted in compliance with Florida open records laws. The University of Florida is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to diversity. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information about development employment opportunities, please visit our website at