Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts

Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
Florida State University seeks an Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts to develop a robust, university-wide principal gifts program which will strategically broaden and deepen support from principal gift level donors ($5M+). The Associate Vice President will carry a portfolio of principal-level prospects and donors of paramount importance to the university, with a focus on leading the identification, cultivation, solicitation, closure, and active stewardship of principal gifts. The successful candidate will partner with the Vice President for University Advancement to develop and solicit an increasingly refined and well-researched pool of transformational principal gift prospects warranting presidential involvement and attention. The Associate Vice President will have the opportunity to transform individual giving to historic levels while maintaining a portfolio of high-level principal and transformational gifts prospects and donors of the upmost importance to the university in preparation for, and during, the university’s next comprehensive campaign. The Associate Vice President will expand the nucleus of transformational gift donors and establish an agile and effective development program scaled, and scalable, to the university’s needs. The successful candidate will strategically engage and support the President, Vice President for University Advancement, university leadership, deans, faculty, colleagues, volunteers, and alumni to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward the university’s most significant donor relationships. The Associate Vice President will craft and execute strategic and operational plans for the identification, qualification, engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-net-worth donors and prospects and using a coordinated, donor-centric, expansive, and collaborative approach to fundraising within FSU’s Division of University Advancement, secure and accelerate the commitment of principal, planned, and blended gifts.

One of the nation’s elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. FSU was founded in 1851 and the welcoming campus is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, in a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity, along with championship athletics, and a prime location in the heart of the state capital. The university is home to more than 45,000 students from every Florida county and 130 countries. Students enjoy the personalized education afforded by a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio and can choose from the nearly 300 degree programs offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, specialist, and professional level. Florida State University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, creative endeavors, and service. The university strives to instill the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and sustained achievement within a community that fosters free inquiry. Florida State University strives to be among the nation’s most entrepreneurial and innovative universities, transforming the lives of its students and shaping the future of the state and society through exceptional teaching, research, creative activity, and service. FSU amplifies these efforts through its distinctive climate—one that places a premium on interdisciplinary inquiry and draws from the rich intellectual and personal diversity of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. These three forces—entrepreneurship, interdisciplinarity, and diversity—deepen FSU’s impact and result in a powerful return to its students and the people of Florida for their continued support and trust.

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.