Director of Development and External Relations, George A. Smathers Libraries

University of Florida Advancement
Florida, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jan 31, 2023

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida seek a Director of Development & External Relations.  The Director leads the planning and execution of a comprehensive philanthropic program for the Smathers Libraries in coordination with the Dean of University Libraries. This position reports dually to the Dean of University Libraries and the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Development at the University of Florida Foundation (UF Advancement).


The Director of Development & External Relations leads a team of development professionals that works collaboratively with the Libraries’ deans, department chairs, and other library faculty and staff, as well as colleagues outside of the Libraries, to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift prospects for the Smathers Libraries initiatives and strategic priorities. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing and providing direction to the work of the advancement team in securing all private support, executing donor stewardship, development of public support groups, fundraising event coordination, and relations between the Libraries and its Library Leadership Board and Friends of the Libraries, the University of Florida and UF Advancement. Additionally, the Director will participate in strategic engagement events in support of Smathers Libraries fundraising goals.


The search will remain open until January 17, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as received. For a full description of the position and instructions on how to apply, please refer to Job Number 523832.


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.


Address inquiries to Tina Marie Litchfield Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at:

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