Senior Vice President for Advancement and Partnerships

University of Central Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 8, 2022

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Senior Vice President for Advancement and Partnerships

The University of Central Florida (UCF) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Senior Vice President for Advancement and Partnerships. The campus community seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative and forward-thinking leader with the experience to serve as a senior advisor to UCF’s president, Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright.

UCF aspires to be one of the nation’s leading metropolitan research universities, with a focus on student success and having an impact on society. A different kind on university driven by its entrepreneurialism and optimism, UCF will not be defined by its contemporaries, and rather seeks to forge a new path with the potential to be a leader in the future of higher education.  The Senior Vice President will be a key partner and leading voice on the University’s senior leadership team focused on amplifying the university’s story, building strong relationships with alumni, friends, and corporate partners, and driving new sources of revenue that will serve as a catalyst for the impact our students, faculty and staff have on society.

The Senior Vice President will have the opportunity to play a significant role in the re-organization of a new Division of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships to help others invest in the mission of UCF while also enhancing our brand and celebrating our shared achievements.

The University

Founded in 1963 to provide talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program, the University of Central Florida has been making an impact on the state, the nation — and outer space — ever since. UCF is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Florida’s most innovative university and one of the nation’s top 20 most innovative. Located in Orlando and securing $192 million in research funding in fiscal year 2019, UCF is a major metropolitan research university in one of the country’s fastest-growing regions and holds the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. Furthermore, as a testament to its commitment to diversity and serving diverse populations, UCF is also one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic Serving Institution and R1 university.

UCF is also ranked as a best-value university by Kiplinger, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220 degree programs on its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and through 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering fully online programs leading to bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, Ph.Ds., certificates, and more. UCF confers almost 17,000 degrees each year and benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and are dedicated to creating opportunities for its diverse student body of approximately 69,500, more than 47% of whom are members of underrepresented minority groups, to grow, learn, and succeed. The University has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and is served by 13,500 employees.

Position Summary

The newly created Senior Vice President for Advancement and Partnerships will report to the President and will serve as a key member of the President’s cabinet and university’s senior leadership team to raise the external profile of the university, develop strategic partnerships, and build meaningful relationships with donors, alumni, and community members. The position will provide vision and leadership to advance the brand of the university while increasing community investment in its mission.

The Senior Vice President will establish and manage the priorities of a new division structure that will include the following units:

  • The UCF Foundation
  • Development
  • Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving
  • Performance Marketing and Communications

This position will be responsible for bringing together units that are deeply committed to supporting the mission of the university with a sharp focus on sharing our impact and building meaningful relationships with our alumni, friends, and partners. In addition, this position will play a critical role helping the university identify and grow new sources of revenue to fuel our investments in excellence and power our new strategic plan.

For a complete Position Profile and list of requirements and qualifications, please visit


The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current resume and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nominations should include the contact information of the nominee. In accordance with the State of Florida’s open records laws, all applications and letters of interest will be made public. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner and

Will Gates, Senior Partner


Refer to code “UCF-SVPAP” in the subject line

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

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