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Assistant Vice President, Transformational Giving

University of Central Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Mar 23, 2024

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Assistant Vice President, Transformational Giving

University of Central Florida



Bryant Group is proud to partner with University of Central Florida to recruit an Assistant Vice President, Transformational Giving. 


The Opportunity

The University of Central Florida seeks an accomplished and strategic fundraising leader to assume the role of Assistant Vice President, Transformational Giving.


The Assistant Vice President will be charged with the strategic development of a principal gift pipeline and serve as a principal gifts fundraiser. This role will spearhead principal gift fundraising in preparation for a campaign, working collaboratively across the organization with university leadership, deans, and faculty members, as well as facilitating interaction of principal level prospects with the President and other leadership. Additionally, this role will serve as a key strategist, directing the focus of the principal gifts program and coaching colleagues in gift conversations at the principal gift level with the University’s top donors.


The successful candidate will have experience with developing and managing principal gift relationships and a campus-wide pipeline, high emotional intelligence with the keen awareness of when to defer to colleagues and partners across the UCF community, a deeply curious mind, and be successful handling complex gifts with multiple partners.  The ability to travel to personally develop relationships and staff leadership as needed is desired.


Essential Functions Include (but are not limited to):

  • In collaboration with university leadership, deans, and faculty members, develops relationships with individuals and organizations that lead to principal gifts defined as commitments of $1 million or greater.
  • Develops cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans to secure principal and planned gifts and maintains a select portfolio of prospects rated with a giving capacity of $1 million or more, particularly those with multiple giving interests.
  • Facilitates interaction of principal level prospects with the President, CEO of the UCF Foundation, Inc., senior administrators and deans, and faculty.
  • Directs collaborative efforts to develop strategy for principal level prospects shared by more than one academic unit; facilitates action plans and monitors implementation of the strategy.
  • Serves as a fundraising coach on principal gifts; leads strategies that include highly complex gift discussions and interactions with donors capable of making significant contributions across campus.
  • Coordinates the stewardship of all principal gift donors as well as the work of all development officers on gifts of this level of sophistication.
  • Works with the SAVP and the Executive Team to identify areas of focus and prepares comprehensive fundraising goals, objectives, budgets and plans for all areas of management responsibility.
  • Provides fundraising leadership for and on behalf of UCF Advancement by acquiring and maintaining knowledge of UCFF’s policies and procedures, becoming knowledgeable of all aspects of the business.


Position Requirements

Minimum requirements for the role are a Bachelor’s or Master’s and 10+ years relevant work experience with 5+ years of leadership experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience pursuant to Fla. Stat. 112.219(6).


About the University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida, as an innovative and inclusive metropolitan research university, stands as a dynamic hub for education, research and community impact. With a forward-looking approach, diverse programs and a commitment to excellence, UCF continues to shape the future and empower individuals and organizations to unleash their full potential. As a next-generation public research institute and Forbes-ranked top employer in Florida, UCF is an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. The university’s uniquely talented faculty, staff and students intersect across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations.To learn more about UCF, visit



Orlando, Florida, home to UCF’s 1,420-acre main campus since 1968, is one of the world's most visitor-friendly cities, thanks to its collection of theme parks, sun-drenched climate and a bustling Downtown area. There are many options for diverse shopping, engaging nightlife and exciting day trips to enjoy pristine nature – from the fascinating wetlands of the Everglades to some of the finest beaches on the Atlantic coast. Locals in Orlando are also famously friendly, which you'll no doubt experience for yourself when out and about in the city.


Application Procedure

To be considered for the Assistant Vice President, Transformational Giving role at University of Central Florida, please submit your letter of interest and qualifications for this position in confidence to:

Katie Riecke,

Talent Associate, BRYANT GROUP


Priority will be given to candidate materials received by March 18, 2024.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Central Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Disabled/Vets.  Click on UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement to view the President’s Statement.


The UCF affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office of Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.


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


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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