Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 08/07/2018

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

General Description:

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 Function:

  • 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 of & 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 primary responsibility for 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.

Marginal Functions:

  • Other duties as may be assigned, consistent with the University Development and Alumni Engagement and University of North Florida’s goals, objectives and interests.
  • Ability to perform basic office functions.
  • Significant one-on-one and small group personal contact with the public.
  • Occasional travel required.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees, but are not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to changes at the discretion of the employer.

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.

Departmental Requirements:

Preference will be shown to applicants who meet the required qualifications and also possess the following:

  • Knowledge of University mission, services, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of alumni and donor segmentation.
  • Knowledge of crowdfunding campaigns and platforms.
  • Detailed knowledge of, and commitment to, professional standards and practices.
  • Developed management and planning skills.
  • Computer literacy skills, including knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as competence in word processing and database management, preferably Raisers Edge.
  • Able to forge strong working relationships with others and a capacity for engaging confidence and trust among donors, alumni, parents and friends of the University of North Florida.
  • Strong communication, presentation and writing skills.
  • Ability to conduct personal solicitations and manage volunteers.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to balance and move forward multiple projects.

Special Instructions:

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.

Contact: Anna Shavers, 904-620-1672

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