Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the University of North Florida Foundation

The University of North Florida, a part of the State University System of Florida, invites applications and nominations for the Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the University of North Florida Foundation. 


UNF Entrance signWorking closely with the president of the University of North Florida and the University of North Florida Foundation Board, the vice president assists in the mission of the nationally ranked university through the successful operations of a comprehensive fundraising program.


The vice president is responsible for all fundraising as well as the Alumni Association and the University of North Florida Foundation. As Executive Director and Secretary of the Foundation, the vice president is in charge of program coordination and relations for the Foundation Board.


The University of North Florida Foundation to date has raised more than $233 million for scholarships, academic programs, endowed chairs and buildings for the 40-year-old university. The University recently concluded its most successful capital campaign to date, raising more than $130 million dollars - with an original goal of $110 million - in the six-year campaign. The incoming vice president will be expected to continue and enhance these activities because of decreased availability of state funds. This ongoing challenge requires extraordinary leadership and results from the vice president for Development and Alumni Affairs in raising significant private funds to support rapidly growing needs for academic programs, student scholarships, fellowships, buildings and facilities.In line with the above, UNF strategically supports an aim to operate as a preeminent, vibrantly inclusive higher educational institution.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for providing vision and leadership to assist the deans and other university leadership in their planning, organizing and implementing of fundraising initiatives, including planned giving, annual giving, capital and major campaigns, endowments, scholarships and development funds.UNF Art & Design professor working with student in one of the art labs
  • Oversee activities for its more than 75,000 alumni.
  • Serves as executive director of the Foundation and is responsible for supervision of approved Foundation activities.
  • With the concurrence of the President, plays an integral role in external relations with businesses, community, alumni and other stakeholders, both public and private.
  • Responsible for strategies and success, leadership and direction of the departments within the Division and its 35 employees.
  • Responsible for the solicitation,negotiation and preparation of all gift agreements as them University representative.
  • Direct responsibility for developing and monitoring the Division's annual $3 million budget, including funds which may be allocated through the University of North Florida Foundation.
  • Responsible for accuracy of recording and reporting gift contributions.
  • Responsible for leading the efforts of identifying, cultivating and soliciting gift prospects and leads.
  • Responsible for the $75 million endowment, made up of more than 278 endowments.
  • Requires knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations governing non-profit corporations.


Qualification Requirements

Qualified candidates must have a master's degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience in higher education or related areas; or a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of specialization and 10 years of appropriate experience in higher education or related areas.


Additionally, candidate must have:

  • The ability and confidence to develop and cultivate relationships with established and prospective donors, including individuals, businesses and foundations.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful fundraising activities and campaign management, encompassing goal setting, planning and implementing strategies, identifying new donors, and soliciting gifts.
  • In-depth understanding of budgets and financial records associated with a comprehensive advancement program.
  • The ability to oversee and direct activities and events for fundraising and other University initiative.
  • The ability to manage staff and multiple responsibilities and projects, including the annual fund, major gifts, alumni relations, planned giving, corporate and foundation fundraising, and the management of volunteers.
  • Extensive personal community involvement to represent the university.
  • The willingness and ability to travel as needed.
Preferred Qualifications

The candidate should be a strategic thinker with demonstrated experience in alumni relations and community relations; experience directing Foundation finances and investments; proven leadership qualities.


About the University of North Florida

The University of North Florida was founded in 1972 on Florida's historic First Coast. Situated 10 miles from the heart of downtown Jacksonville and 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, UNF offers our students, faculty and staff the best of both worlds - opportunities for hands-on learning in the 14th largest city in America and the chance to get away from everything (year-round) for a few hours at some of the most beautiful beaches on the eastern seaboard.Brooks College of Health Ever committed to diversity and inclusion, UNF continues to grow strategically in size and stature, and enjoys a strong presence in the Northeast Florida region.

UNF resides on 1,381 scenic acres of Northeast Florida's natural beauty and only about 300 acres of campus are developed. The rest are left to be enjoyed naturally with miles of hiking, biking and walking trails that weave through our beautiful campus.

With more than 1,725 faculty and staff, the University of North Florida features small classes and individualized attention for its 16,300 students. The university offers 55 undergraduate programs with 80 areas of concentration, 26 master's degree programs with 57 areas of concentration. In addition, UNF offers three doctoral programs; two through the Brooks College of Health and one in Education Leadership through the College of Education. We offer a technology-enhanced campus with state-of-the-art facilities to support transformational learning opportunities.

Five colleges offer degree programs in the Arts and Sciences, Business, Computing, Engineering and Construction, Education and the Health Professions. In order to strengthen the core competencies of the University and to further the University's aspiration to become a regional institution of national quality, the president designated a handful of programs as Flagship Program of academic note. Those programs are Coastal Biology, International Business, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Music and Transportation and Logistics. All six programs were selected for their academic excellence and scholarly accomplishments of their faculty.

About Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville is perfectly positioned along the Atlantic Ocean in Northeast Florida and is a natural paradise for residents and visitors alike. Jacksonville boasts more than 20 miles of wide and uncrowded beaches, nearly 40 miles of the tranquil Intracoastal Waterway and the longest stretch of the historic and picturesque St. Johns River in the state. Jacksonville is also home to the largest urban park system in the nation, with 10 state and national parks with more than 80,000 acres ready to be explored.
UNF Students enjoying Jacksonville Beach
Northeast Florida is one of the fastest growing regions and offers a large variety of places to dine, shop and play. Several shopping centers are within a short distance of the University and offer movie theaters, retail shops, great restaurants and other entertainment opportunities.

The area also offers plenty for the sports fan. In addition to exciting NCAA Division 1 Osprey home games, fans can check out the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jacksonville Suns (minor league baseball), the Jacksonville Sharks (arena football), the annual Players Golf Tournament and several other annual events.

Home to more than 30 medical facilities, including one of only three Mayo Clinics in the country and one of only 10 proton beam therapy institutes in the nation, and a number of medical business headquarters, Jacksonville is truly America's Health Center.

It is also an artistic city. The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Jacksonville is a cultural resource of UNF, offering our students opportunities to take classes and display their worked in this popular museum. UNF art faculty also curate shows and give community lectures. Jacksonville is also home to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Cummer Museum of Art, the Museum of Science and History, a Broadway Series and the oldest continuously operating community theater in the country, there is something for everyone to enjoy culturally.


To Apply


The University of North Florida will is currently accepting applications for this position. Application materials must include a cover letter detailing how the candidate’s experiences dovetail with the position requirements; curriculum vitae and names and contact information of at least three references from university constituents, governing board members, donors or community leaders. Candidates can apply for the position through the Human Resources website.

Requests for information and written nominations should be directed to:

Karen Stone
Chair, Search Committee for
Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the University of North Florida Foundation
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
(904) 620-2828