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Vice President, University Advancement

Jacksonville University
Florida, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Apr 21, 2023


The Angeletti Group invites nominations and applications to join the leadership team of Jacksonville University as the next Vice President, University Advancement. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and creative fundraising professional to lead the University through the public phase of a groundbreaking, $175M campaign and guide the institution through its next chapter of transformative growth.


The Vice President, University Advancement will report to the Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations. He/she will have oversight of a growing advancement division comprised of approximately 15 professionals (5 direct reports) working across major and planned gifts, alumni relations, stewardship and donor relations, advancement services, the annual fund, and the $175 million Future. Made. Campaign. The VP will work closely with leadership to identify philanthropic support by activating an alumni base of more than 30,000 as well as building support from the surrounding community of corporations and high-net-worth individuals.


The selected candidate will be a results-driven fundraising and alumni relations professional with a strong track record of success and an understanding of the trends and innovations that influence higher education fundraising.



Jacksonville University is transforming lives through innovations, scientific inquiry, and generating economic opportunity and growth that spans multiple sectors of industry. As northeast Florida’s premier private institution of higher education, Jacksonville University recently celebrated four consecutive years being ranked among the top 25 percent of regional universities on U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious list of Best Colleges, as well as consistent recognition as a Best Value and Military Friendly school.


Founded in 1934, Jacksonville University offers more than 100 majors, minors, and programs, including in demand degrees in Nursing, Business, Marine Science, Engineering, Finance, and Psychology, as well as those in the highly specialized fields of Aviation, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Film, Animation, and Healthcare Administration. In recent years, the University has expanded to include five colleges, eleven schools and four institutes, and it has established nearly 500 partnerships with world-class companies, healthcare providers, and community organizations. Every day, Jacksonville University delivers on its unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of our students, our state, and the world forever.


This is a pivotal moment in the University’s history. Early in 2022, Jacksonville University opened its College of Law and began inaugural classes at Jacksonville University Downtown—fulfilling a much needed gap in legal education as the first new law school to open in Florida in more than 20 years.


Later in the same year, Jacksonville University announced a four-year medical school in partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The medical school is supported by long-term clinical agreements with the region’s preeminent healthcare providers, including Baptist Health, Flagler Health+, AdventHealth, HCA Florida Memorial Hospital, Brooks Rehabilitation, and others. The inaugural class of students is expected to begin in 2026 following the accreditation process and the construction of the medical school building, which will become the centerpiece of the newly constructed Medical Mall.


Jacksonville University’s President, Tim Cost, celebrated 10 years of service to the University this February. Under President Cost’s leadership, the University has enjoyed an era of unparalleled success and growth. The Costs helped build the University into a $400 million economic engine for Jacksonville and for the Arlington community it calls home. The growth, and the President’s proactive approach to partnership, also helped attract more than $500 million in private investment and development throughout Arlington.


At the advent of another historic fundraising campaign, Jacksonville University is poised to reach even greater levels of success in its next decade.






This year, the University will launch the Future. Made. Campaign, the largest campaign in the institution’s history. In its quiet phase, this initiative has attracted record-breaking gifts and pledges from alumni, corporate and community leaders, and friends in support of the University’s priorities across healthcare, technology, and business.


To date, the campaign has raised $92 million toward its $175 million goal in support of regional expansion of the University, the construction of the Medical Mall, development of both on and off campus areas, including activation of the Waterfront, and programs that challenge and enable students, faculty, and staff to reach new heights. Led by an engaged and active Campaign Committee comprised of alumni, donors, staff, and volunteers, the Future. Made. Campaign represents the next frontier for innovation and investment at Jacksonville University.


Prior to the Future. Made. Campaign, Jacksonville University successfully completed the record-setting ASPIRE campaign in 2018, raising more than $121 million to support game-changing scholarships, inventive academics, sweeping campus upgrades, and dynamic student life. The campaign made possible more than $100M worth of investment into the grounds and facilities of Jacksonville University’s sprawling 240-acre campus.


Mission Statement

Jacksonville University empowers students for life-long growth as global citizens through a transformative, innovative educational experience, built on excellence in community-centered service.


Affirming the importance of scholarship, leadership, creativity, and service, Jacksonville University prepares students to build better communities and make meaningful contributions to an increasingly connected society. As a community, we aspire to:

  • provide a distinctive campus experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors
  • deliver undergraduate and graduate programs that are nationally recognized for quality and innovation
  • be a center for intellectual and creative excellence and respectful discourse
  • produce high quality research through undergraduate and graduate programs
  • serve as an engine to economic vitality in northeast Florida


The Jacksonville University learning and living community values:

  • leadership
  • community
  • wellness
  • integrity
  • respect
  • curiosity



  • Embrace diversity, practice inclusion, and strive for equity
  • Enhancing the holistic student experience
  • Recruit, retain and graduate students well positioned for lifelong success
  • Cultivate a culture of quality and high performance across campus
  • Fortifying academic programs that develop students who are both trained in their fields and broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Advance faculty and staff excellence and distinction
  • Deliver robust infrastructure to improve efficacy and efficiency
  • Engage community in impactful partnerships




The University’s picturesque, 235-acre riverfront campus is minutes from downtown and from beautiful beaches. Jacksonville University also has three locations in Downtown Jacksonville and Palm Coast, including a 32,000-square-foot Healthcare Simulation Center downtown.


The University’s bold plans for the future have spearheaded the “Renew Arlington” effort of community investment and economic development on and around campus, resulting in fruitful partnerships and opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni.


Named one of the fastest growing cities in the south, Jacksonville is a vibrant metropolis of nearly 1 million people that continues to live up to its nickname — The Bold City. Its population growth can be attributed, in part, to the thriving business community that includes both Fortune 500s and innovative startups. A spirit of entrepreneurship within Jacksonville fuels a diverse economy made up of many small to midsize businesses. With its bustling airport and prime location along I-95 at Florida’s northern border, Jacksonville serves as a healthcare hub for the Southeast. Industry leaders such as Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Clinic, Baptist Health, UF Health and Brooks Rehabilitation provide world-class healthcare to the regional population and drive a burgeoning, competitive job market for healthcare professionals. At more than 760 square miles, Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S. by land mass, offering a wide range of activities, entertainment and adventure. From the beaches to the arts district; from the amphitheaters to the eclectic restaurants; and from historic Northeast Florida landmarks to our NFL team (Go Jags!) — there’s something for everyone.



The Vice President, University Advancement is responsible for the planning, coordination, and evaluation of all University fundraising activities. The VP will provide strategic oversight on all matters pertaining to the management and operation of fundraising, alumni relations, community and donor relations, and University events.


Given the University’s strategic growth in recent years and its plan for the future, this is an entrepreneurial opportunity to help Jacksonville University engage with increasingly diverse constituencies, raise unprecedented levels of philanthropic support, and ensure that the University has the resources to fulfill its mission now and into the future. The selected candidate will swiftly implement strategies to bring the Future. Made. Campaign to its successful conclusion.


The ideal candidate will bring exceptional fundraising experience, impressive relationship-building skills, and strong leadership and management abilities. The candidate should have a high level of principal and lead gift solicitation experience, and experience managing campaigns in multi-unit higher education institutions or multi-unit or large, complex institutions. The candidate should possess abilities in effective team building, talent management and performance building, as well as assessment and strategic planning. The Vice President, University Advancement should be highly adept at relationship building and relationship management across the university and with members of the external community.



The Vice President, University Advancement will expertly lead the University’s fundraising efforts and garner critical philanthropic resources to strengthen the University. Job duties include:

  • Prepare and direct a multi-year advancement strategy to further develop a culture of philanthropy and substantially and sustainably increase support for the University’s priorities.
  • Oversee all aspects of University Advancement, including but not limited to the annual fund, Dolphin Dash, alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations, major and planned gifts, campaigns, and prospect research.
  • Direct a team of experienced advancement professionals responsible for progressive results toward the University’s goals.
  • Maintain a portfolio of prospects and devote time to the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors from all University constituencies, including alumni, corporations, foundations, friends, faculty, and staff.
  • Leverage data and analytics to drive fundraising success.
  • Serve as advisor and co-strategist for the President and support his efforts to raise funds from a select pool of prospects.
  • Collaborate with officers of the University as well as deans, directors, and faculty across five colleges, eleven schools, and four institutes on fundraising initiatives.
  • Advise the President, senior administrative officers, and members of the Board on issues relating to advancement.
  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations to monitor, develop, and recommend University policy and action in all areas of advancement.
  • Be responsible for the overall quality of major advancement-related University events. • Work closely with the Senior Vice President for Strategic Operations to ensure that all advancement communications are consistent with the identity and mission of the University.
  • Promote positive external relations by representing the University in various community, state and regional activities.
  • Work collaboratively with Athletics Director to take advantage of special events and relationships to cultivate giving opportunities.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the University by performing other duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations and/or the President. This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet institutional needs.



Jacksonville University is seeking a proven fundraising leader, manager, and expert with a demonstrated track record of accomplishments. The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in fundraising with demonstrated progressive fundraising leadership and management experience in a dynamic and multi-faceted institution(s).
  • A proven track record of success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and principal gifts from individual and institutional donors. Experience directing campaigns.
  • Ability to serve as an insightful, collaborative partner to the leadership of the University’s campuses, colleges, and schools in an effort to lead, support, and strengthen their fundraising initiatives.
  • Experience serving as an advisor to a president or other senior executive on matters of donors, board relations, and philanthropic initiatives.
  • Outstanding written, speaking and presentation communication skills and the ability to influence, with sincerity and passion, others to support the University’s mission and higher education.
  • Familiarity and experience using donor information management systems, especially Raiser’s Edge.
  • Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred.
  • Understanding of a University environment is desirable.
  • Familiarity and experience with Northeast Florida is desirable.



Applications will be accepted until position is filled. To be considered, candidates should submit a statement of interest and CV to The Angeletti Group at search@


Nominations and confidential inquiries can be made to: The Angeletti Group, (973) 540-1400,


Jacksonville University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks to diversify its work force. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, marital status, handicap, or pregnancy status.

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