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Executive Director of Advancement, College of Sciences

University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida

Founded in 1963, the University of Central Florida is one of the largest universities in the nation. UCF is an academic, partnership, and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics and lasers, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business, public administration, education, hospitality management, healthcare, and video game design. It is committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local impact, and the integration of technology and learning.

The College of Sciences is the largest college at UCF, with approximately 15,000 students, 62,000 alumni, and 1,000 faculty and staff members. Through research and discovery, the College expands knowledge in communications and the physical, biological, social, behavioral, and computational sciences and builds the foundation needed for critical thinking as well as career success for its students.

The Opportunity

The University of Central Florida seeks an inclusive, strategic, and collaborative advancement leader with a strong track record in fundraising, donor engagement, and pipeline development to be its next Executive Director for Advancement for the College of Sciences.

This is a phenomenal opportunity to build upon existing relationships with donors and alumni while engendering innovative strategies to develop and maintain a portfolio of major gift and principal gift prospects. Additionally, the Executive Director will develop yearly strategic fundraising plans, prepare written proposals and gift agreements, and serve as a manager and mentor to the College of Sciences Advancement Team.

Working with faculty members in various departments and engaging with current and potential donors, the Executive Director will play a role in the academic and future career success of current UCF students by helping solidify funding for scholarships, supporting student programming, and providing resources to underrepresented groups. The Executive Director will work closely with the Dean of the College of Sciences and utilize the expertise of the faculty to formulate approaches to increase the engagement of current and future donors.

The successful candidate will possess excellent written and communications skills, exude ingenuity and creativity in pipeline development, and be a collaborative, team player. Furthermore, working closely with academic leaders, faculty, staff, and volunteers, this person should have an understanding of academia in higher education and have experience in managing teams. The Executive Director will have demonstrated success in and a commitment to creating and promoting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace environment, while being a person of integrity, character, and sound judgment, and, above all, be dedicated to the mission and values of the University of Central Florida.

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