Friday, October 5, 2007

Senior Director of Development

POSITION: Senior Director of Development

RANK: Associate Director & University Librarian

REPORTS TO: Dean of Libraries

SALARY: Commensurate with selected applicant’s qualifications.

REQUISITION #: 0703957

DEADLINE DATE: October 23, 2007

The George A. Smathers Libraries is recruiting for the position of Senior Director of Development. The Senior Director of Development, designs, implements and manages the fundraising and donor relations program for the George A. Smathers Libraries. This position serves as a senior member of the Library Administration and participates in strategic planning for development and manages Development Council activities. Working collaboratively with the library directors, chairs and librarians, the Senior Director of Development has primary responsibility for directing library efforts that encompass major gifts, donor stewardship, development of public support groups, fundraising event coordination and relations between the Libraries, its Development Council, the University of Florida and the UF Foundation, Inc. The incumbent is responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and the stewardship of major gift prospects. Though office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. considerable after hours and weekend activities are essential to satisfactory performance. Extensive travel is also required.

The duties of this position include:
1. Works closely with the Dean of University Libraries and library administration to define and prioritize funding needs.
2. Advises the University of Florida Associate Vice President for Development and the Dean of University Libraries on library-related fundraising issues; participates in activities relative to campus-wide campaign planning and ongoing development issues; coordinates development activities between the Libraries, its Development Council, UF and the UF Foundation, Inc. Recommends Foundation policies for the long-term development of private support for Smathers Libraries.

3. Serves as the major gifts fundraiser; plans, organizes and directs activities to secure major gifts; and, on a case by case basis, coordinates the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private support from donors to the Smathers Libraries from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The incumbent focuses on individual, corporate, and foundation prospects primarily at the $100,000 level and above. Extensive travel is required. 4. Establishes and maintains contact with prospects to develop their interest and participation in major library fundraising projects and to provide information concerning the utilization of gifts.
5. As steward of major gift prospects, coordinates with library staff their appropriate involvement with donors interested in specific library activities.
6. Explores funding opportunities that coincide with the library's strategic plan and the University's interdisciplinary focus; e.g., technology enhancements, academic department and program support, research collection development.
7. Oversees the Smathers Libraries Development Council; prepares a strategic plan including goals and objectives; develops agendas supporting their fund raising activities, and maintains constructive dialogues and contacts with the members.
8. Oversees a strong public relations program for donors and potential donors; works with the Alumni Association utilizing library staff in Alumni events to increase recognition of the library among the alumni of the University.
9. Manages the operations of the Development, Grants and Public Information functions of the libraries; hires, supervises and evaluates staff; oversees maintenance of files and records associated with these activities.
10. Participates in professional programs at the state and national level as appropriate (CASE, DORAL, ALADN).

Minimum qualifications:
1. Masters degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school, or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science.
2. Strong oral and written communication skills.
3. Ability to organize, establish objectives and priorities and achieve goals in an aggressive organizational environment.
4. Experience managing staff to achieve multiple strategic objectives.
5. Broad experience in capital campaign execution and follow-up.
6. Demonstrated ability to close major gift solicitations, including planned giving.
7. Strong interpersonal skills and the temperament to work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies, both inside and outside the organization.

Preferred qualifications:
1. Ability to work comfortably in a decentralized organizational environment.
2. Ability to organize and work effectively with volunteers.
3. Demonstrated pragmatic consensus building skills.
4. Computer literacy.
5. Experience in a university library fundraising program is strongly preferred.

The University of Florida
The University of Florida is a large, land grant, public educational research institution with a faculty of approximately 4,000 and a student body of 48,000. It ranks third nationally in size of student body and eighth nationally in the number of merit scholars enrolled in the freshmen class. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities and offers the Ph.D. in more than 90 fields and the Master's degree in more than 120 fields. For more information please consult the UF homepage at

The University of Florida Libraries are members of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Research Libraries Group, and SOLINET. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. For more information about the Libraries, please visit

Twenty-six vacation days, nine paid holidays, and thirteen days sick leave annually; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax.

Application Process:
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. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Faculty Development Office to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.

Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position, your current resume and a list of three references. Include address, telephone and email information for references. Apply by October 23, 2007 (applications will be reviewed as received). Send all required application materials to Brian Keith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Officer, at:

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