Director of Development - Engineering

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

ID: 7116398
Posted: November 18, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The USF Development Office builds relationships, generates interest, and inspires confidence among the university's constituents to attract private funding. Private gifts are used to advance teaching, research creative expression, and promote community engagement. The Development Office is the fundraising unit of the USF Foundation Inc. and the Division of University Advancement with 60+ fundraisers expected to raise $100+ million dollars annually.

Reporting to the Sr. Director of Development for the College of Engineering, this major gift fundraiser is responsible for establishing and managing prospect and donor relationships through identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship to meet fundraising goals in alignment with the mission and aspirations of the College of Engineering and the University of South Florida. The incumbent will play a key role in the overall growth of private philanthropy in support of the University.


Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects to close major gifts of $50,000+ for top funding priorities. Fundraising dollar, visit and proposal goals will be determined through conversations with leadership and based on the prospect pool and unit potential.
Maintain a significant prospect portfolio and strategically manage relationships through face-to-face and virtual visits to bring major solicitations to closure.
Continuously update the prospect management database with information related to donor strategies, contacts, and results.
Ensure delivery of appropriate stewardship initiatives, partnering with donor relations as needed.
Engage with and support volunteer leadership and advisory boards across the College of Engineering.

Serve as an active member of the College of Engineering Advancement Team bringing creativity and innovation to the team's fundraising initiatives.
Intentionally build and invest in developing strong relationships with the College of Engineering leaders and faculty to promote a culture of philanthropy.
Identify and facilitate opportunities for university leaders and colleagues to support the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors.
Develop strong relationships with Advancement leadership, staff and departments to leverage the tools and resources available to ensure prospects and donors have a meaningful experience with USF.
Collaborate with gift officers in other units and on regional campuses, as appropriate.

Professional Development
Constantly seek an up-to-date understanding of initiatives and programs (product knowledge) at the College of Engineering and the University of South Florida.
Stay abreast of industry trends to integrate best practices into daily work.
Collaborate with leaders and colleagues at USF to create an environment that fosters continuous learning.

Perform related duties as required or deemed appropriate to the accomplishment of the responsibilities and functions related to this position.


This position requires a Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience related to development. Regular travel and occasional night and weekend work is required.

Masters or other advanced degree preferred and 5 years of work experience directly related to development/ fundraising in an institution of higher education.

Proven success raising major, private gifts; excellent oral and written communications, interpersonal and collaborative skills and strong organizational skills are all needed for success.