The Hamilton Center for Classical and Civic
Education is a new academic unit at the University of
Florida whose mission is to promote civic education and civic
discourse and to foster intellectual diversity. Its core purpose is
to help students develop the knowledge, habits of thought,
analytical ability, and character to be citizens and leaders in a
free society. It will do so through faculty hiring, curriculum,
public programming, and (in conjunction with the Florida Department
of Education) teacher training.
The Director of Advancement for the Hamilton Center for
Classical and Civic Education is responsible for
implementation of a broad range of fundraising activities, focused
primarily on acquiring major gifts and leading development support
programs for the unit. Reporting dually to the Director of the
Hamilton Center of UF and the Assistant Vice President of
Development, this position will serve as the chief fundraiser
responsible for developing and executing the fundraising program to
fulfill the Center’s financial needs. Additionally, the incumbent
will serve as a strategic partner between the Center and UF
Advancement, collaborating with central fundraising efforts and the
overall development of alumni programs and goals to promote a
culture of philanthropy.
- Serve as the chief fundraiser for the Hamilton Center for
Classical & Civic Education at UF.
- Identify, cultivate, solicit and maintain all major gift
prospects for the unit, strategically managing relationships
through face-to-face visits to bring gift solicitations to closure,
focusing on gifts of $100,000 or more, and oversee the Center’s
participation in the University’s annual fund activities.
- Focuses on individual prospects and will work with leadership,
corporate and foundation prospects where gift is assessed at the
college’s major gift level.
- Build and manage stewardship relationships, utilizing a
strategic moves management approach to include the identification,
cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects.
- Responsible for articulating and communicating and priorities
within the context of the overall mission, goals, and objectives of
the University and UF Advancement.
- Strengthen alumni and donors’ awareness of, and interest in,
giving opportunities and collaborate with academic unit-based
development officers across campus.
- In partnership with the Director and AVP, assist with the
formation and implementation of fundraising plans and policies
related to the Center, interprets policy to faculty and other
staff, as necessary.
- Assist with the administration of the development programs for
the Hamilton Center promoting potential donor priorities as they
relate to the overall priorities.
- Assist with planning and implementing short- and long-term
development and alumni programs and strategies.
- Assist with designing solicitation strategies on a case-by-case
basis, being cognizant of development and unit office needs and
- Create a structured process for the identification,
recruitment, evaluation, recognition, and replacement of volunteers
to strengthen fundraising effectiveness.
- Participate in recruiting experienced and diverse leadership on
boards and/or committees in order to ensure that these groups are
representative of, and responsive to, the communities served.
- Assist in developing and implementing a comprehensive
communications plan to inform constituents and identified markets
about the mission, vision, and values of the unit, its funding
priorities, and gift opportunities.
- Direct the planning and implementation of all fundraising and
alumni activities for the Center.
- Serve as advisor to the Director of the Hamilton Center on
fundraising matters and coordinates development activities between
the Center and UFA.
- Coordinate events, communication, and solicitation of Faculty
and Staff (including retired faculty). Work with UFA office to
develop a comprehensive engagement strategy for our faculty and
staff. Budget, event planning, communication planning, and
volunteer coordination are included in this process.
- Participate in professional programs at the state and national
level as appropriate.
- Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development
- Ensure best practices in office systems, practices, files and
record keeping; ensure effective use of strategic tools and
resources such as contact reports, prospect management, research,
and analysis, and the UFA database.
The University of Florida
The University of Florida ranks 5th among public research
universities and is the flagship of Florida’s state university
system. Located in Gainesville since 1906, UF has 16 colleges, a
major academic health center, a championship-winning athletic
program, a top-ranked undergraduate online program and, in keeping
with its land-grant mission, one of the nation’s most comprehensive
agriculture and natural resources programs. All are based at
the university’s 2,000-acre main campus, joining its historic core
with advanced facilities and preserved natural areas, and
connecting to adjacent innovation, commercial
and residential districts.
The City of Gainesville
is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and so is one
of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and
athletics. The University of Florida and UF Health Shands Hospital
are the leading employers in Gainesville and provide jobs for many
residents of surrounding counties. Gainesville is also the largest
city in Alachua County and is the county seat, with approximately
269,000 residents county-wide. It serves as the cultural,
educational and commercial center for the north central Florida
region. The city provides a full range of municipal services,
including cultural and nature services and necessary administrative
services to support these activities. Additionally, the city owns a
regional transit system, a regional airport, and a 72-par
championship golf course. Known for its preservation of historic
buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's
numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to
thousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban
"forest," Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in
Florida. The city is in a central location to both the Gulf of
Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, providing easy access within a day’s
drive to beaches, nature preserves, and water-based
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The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The
University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race,
creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin,
political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran
status in also aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring,
promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary
administration, benefits and training.
UF Advancement is committed to attracting, hiring, and retaining
a diverse workforce and values diversity of thoughts, background,
and experience. We welcome applications from individuals who would
bring additional dimensions to the university’s vision and
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity,
please contact Melissa Long, Assistant Vice President of
Talent Management, at 352-846-1127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Instructions to
Applicants: Application must be submitted by October
13th 11:55 p.m. (ET).