Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 09/20/2017

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Fl

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is responsible for creating, planning, and implementing all aspects of a future Affinity Based Giving Program, the Faculty/Staff campaign, Student Philanthropy, Senior Class Giving campaign, and Young Alumni program in addition to conducting face-to-face solicitations of alumni and parents in support of annual giving priorities for the University. The Assistant Director of Annual Giving will also be involved in evaluating and implementing new opportunities to involve alumni, parents, and friends in key initiatives of the University of North Florida.

Job Functions:

  • Create and implement an affinity-based giving program. Oversee all affinity-based giving solicitation mailings; recruit and manage volunteer fundraisers.
  • Bolster and navigate leadership annual giving and pipeline development to include the cultivation of entry-level major gift prospects. Collect and share vital prospect comments/information, promote leadership giving societies/circle, promote and encourage consecutive and recurring giving.
  • Lead in the growth of an existing Faculty/Staff Campaign, Student Philanthropy, Senior Class Giving Campaign, and Young Alumni program.
  • Develop and execute a new/annual “Gratitude Day” to honor donors & educate current UNF students about philanthropy.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive stewardship and donor relations strategy to ensure donors are adequately thanked and engaged.
  • Execute a minimum of 5 significant contacts per month. Solicit alumni, parents, and friends for gifts and pledges in support of the UNF Annual Fund, focusing on solicitation & pledge fulfillment among recent graduates.
  • Coordinate fundraising strategies through a multi-channel methods including direct mail, stewardship efforts, events, crowdfunding, and web.
  • Assist the Director of Annual Giving with ongoing analysis of fundraising progress and peer school benchmarking projects.
  • Plan meetings, accept special assignments, assist colleagues and provide support for all ongoing programs and operations.
  • Collaborate with other campus departments in programs involving alumni, parents, and friends; such as Alumni Engagement, Parent and Family Programming, Enrollment Services, Academic Colleges, Non-Academic Units (Library, Student Affairs, Athletics, Museum of Contemporary Arts), and other initiatives.
  • Prepare briefings, proposals, and correspondence for prospects.
  • Work independently and creatively to match donor interests with institutional priorities.
  • Understand the University’s fundraising priorities, academic programs, & develop relationships with key faculty and administrators.
  • Communicate with colleagues to develop marketing materials, funding opportunities, and recognition efforts designed to increase giving by alumni, parents, and friends.
  • Support the overall mission of the University Development and Alumni Engagement team.

Required Qualifications:

A Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a directly related area of specialization and two years of experience directly related to the job functions; or a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a directly related area of specialization and four years of experience directly related to the job functions.

UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution. This designation celebrates the University’s collaboration with community partners from the local to the global level. It reflects UNF’s mission to contribute to the public good and prepare educated, engaged citizens.

The University of North Florida (“University” or “UNF”) is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, abilities, backgrounds and life experiences to achieve a diverse

The University of North Florida was voted as a Best College in the Southeast and a Best Value Public College by the Princeton Review. UNF is located on a nature preserve in sunny northeast Florida, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Jacksonville. Jacksonville has a population of almost one million and numerous cultural and natural attractions.

In conjunction with the University’s policy, this position requires a level II background check which includes fingerprinting. Based on the specifics of the actual job functions, the position may also require a credit check.

Applicants must complete an online application at in order to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply online will not be considered for this position. Once you submit your completed application you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Patricia Madrid at (904) 620-2111 or at [email protected]

UNF is an Equal Opportunity / Equal Access / Affirmative Action institution.

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