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Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving

University of Central Florida
Florida, United States
$117,747.00 - $143,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 12, 2024

The Opportunity

The Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of philanthropy at UCF. In this position, you will be responsible for the strategy, design, management, and execution of a comprehensive annual giving program. This program encompasses engagement with alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of UCF, and includes oversight of initiatives such as direct marketing, day of giving campaigns, leadership annual giving, student engagement and philanthropy, and parent engagement and philanthropy. As a key member of the Advancement and Partnerships team, you will collaborate closely with colleagues across campus to ensure a coordinated, data-driven, and collaborative approach to annual giving efforts and solicitations. Additionally, you will supervise a team of annual giving professionals, providing guidance and support to drive success.



  • Strategically lead the annual giving program to meet annual fundraising goals and design a university-wide plan to achieve specific, measurable goals including dollars raised, donor acquisition, upgrades and retention, participation and average gift size.

  • Develop and guide the overall strategy and direction for the Annual Giving program, focusing on shaping a sustainable tradition of annual support from alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university.

  • Coordinate all university-wide annual giving efforts toward successful outcomes while supporting the greater development and campaign goals of the Advancement and Partnerships team.

  • Partner with the marketing and communications, development and alumni engagement to best align effective and complementary messaging, branding and activities and develop solicitation strategies for key constituent groups.

  • Work effectively with the major gifts team to gain strong participation in annual giving from all units and build strategies for moving donors to higher giving levels.

  • Manage a portfolio of individuals capable of making leadership annual gifts of $1,000 or more and be an active participant in the discovery process.

  • Thoughtfully and intentionally collaborate with colleagues across Advancement and Partnerships to build the pipeline for major giving.

  • Build and maintain an in-depth knowledge of UCF, its funding priorities and giving opportunities to articulate a compelling case for support.

  • Plan, develop and monitor annual giving budget to support the strategy and ensure maximum return on investment is achieved.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's or Master's degree and 10+ years relevant experience with at least 5+ years of leadership experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience pursuant to Fla. Stat. 112.219. Click here for more information


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in fundraising, development, or institutional advancement, preferably in a higher education setting.

  • Proven track record of successfully meeting fundraising goals and driving donor engagement, with a focus on annual giving strategies.

  • Experience in managing and mentoring a team of fundraising professionals.

  • Strong strategic planning and analytical skills, with the ability to leverage data to inform decision-making.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage with a variety of stakeholders.

  • Familiarity with fundraising and/or annual giving best practices and trends in higher education.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across departments and functions to achieve shared goals.

  • Familiarity with fundraising software and tools, such as donor management systems and online giving platforms (e.g. Blackbaud CRM, RE NXT, or Salesforce).

  • Passion for higher education and a commitment to advancing the mission and values of the UCF and the UCF Foundation.


Special Instructions to the Applicants:

The anticipated salary for a well-qualified candidate is $117,747 - $143,000. 


Advancement and Partnerships values the unique contributions that each team member brings to our division. The determination of a successful candidate's starting salary will vary based on several factors, including education and relevant experience. The anticipated pay scale indicated for this position generally applies to candidates who meet the minimum requirements and several of the preferred qualifications outlined above.

Are you ready to unleash YOUR potential?  

As a next-generation public research university and Forbes-ranked top employer in Florida, we are a community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to create broader prosperity and help shape a better future. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you’ll play an integral role at one of the most impactful universities in the country. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses, engaging in impactful work that makes a positive difference. Your time at UCF will provide you with many meaningful opportunities to grow, you’ll work alongside talented colleagues on complex projects that will challenge you and help you gain new skills and you’ll have countless rewarding experiences that go well beyond a paycheck. 


Working at UCF has its perks!  UCF offers: 

  • Benefit packages, including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending, and Employee Assistance Program   

  • Paid time off, including annual and sick time off and paid holidays  

  • Retirement savings options   

  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando attractions   

  • Education assistance   

  • Flexible work environment 

  • And more…For more benefits information, view the UCF Employee Benefits Guide click here


Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.





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Work Schedule

Monday - Friday; 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Hybrid with ability to work nights and weekends and travel, as required; Hybrid available per UCF policy


Type of Appointment



Expected Salary

$104,664.00 to $156,000.00


Job Posting End Date



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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