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Executive Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences

Company: Florida International University

Executive Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences

Florida International University

Miami, FL

Florida International University’s Division of University Advancement seeks candidates for the role of Executive Director of Development for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU) is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. It is committed to high-quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and collaborative engagement with its local and global communities. Miami's first and only public research university, FIU is classified as a top-tier Research University with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. With a current student body of more than 54,000 (61 percent Hispanic and 79 percent minority overall), FIU is the largest university in South Florida and among the 10 largest public universities in the nation. With more than 200,000 alumni, FIU constitutes one of the fastest-growing university alumni groups in the country.

The origins of the campaign for FIU derive from President Mark Rosenberg’s 2009 inaugural address, when he put forth the challenging and meaningful vision of a $750 million campaign for private support of Miami’s largest and maturing educational enterprise. During the “building phase” of the campaign, approximately $275 million has been raised, approximately 30 frontline fundraisers have been hired, and the Division of University Advancement now stands as a significant organization across the campus. As the campaign for FIU accelerates and approaches its “advanced gifts phase,” it benefits from renewed and highly-focused attention across the university to major and principal gifts from individual and institutional sources. Elevated giving levels are being fueled by growing academic research initiatives, and complemented by strong alumni relations and a rapidly expanding annual giving program. FIU’s emerging strategic plan for the next five years and increasing preeminence represent an excellent base for the formation of the campaign’s case for support.

College of Arts & Sciences

The founding college at FIU, the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is the largest and most diverse of the university’s colleges and the one most central to the mission of the university. CAS is comprised of the School of Environment, Arts and Society; and the School of Integrated Science and Humanity. As the soul of FIU, CAS offers 73 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and enrolls approximately 33,500 students annually, awarding 64 academic degrees in 29 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs. The college has more than 16,938 majors at the bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral levels.

CAS is largely responsible for teaching the University Core Curriculum to undergraduates, as well as the academic research and instructional mission that includes 16 core research facilities and nine centers and institutes which drive the research engine of the university. The CAS faculty pride themselves on being student-centered and providing innovative learning opportunities for students both in person and in online formats. With more than $45 million in research funding in 2014-2015, CAS consistently leads the university in research funding, peer-reviewed publications, mentorship of graduate students, service to the university, and engagement with the community. CAS also brings national recognition to FIU through prestigious honors, including funding from the McArthur Fellows Program, Fulbright Programs, and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Position Overview

The Executive Director of Development for the College of Arts & Sciences will be responsible for the overall leadership and strategic planning for fundraising, stewardship, alumni relations, special events, and board management in the college. The Executive Director leads the mission of the CAS Office of Advancement to be a revenue-producing agent of the college and university, and executes strategies in support of annual and campaign-related fundraising goals, thereby helping to ensure the long-term financial stability of CAS and advance its strategic goals. S/he will be responsible for creating and implementing a development plan that sustains and grows the pool of individual and institutional donors primarily through principal ($1 million or higher), major ($50,000 or higher), and planned gifts. Reporting directly to the corresponding assistant vice president of development in the Division of University Advancement, with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the dean of CAS, the Executive Director oversees two major gift officers and the director of advancement relations. CAS’ flourishing academic and research profile features several programs and preeminent research centers that have achieved national and, in some cases, global recognition. Further energized by new, internationally-regarded decanal leadership, CAS’ Executive Director of Development role offers favorable circumstances for a leader who seeks to grow an advancement program amid a historic campaign effort.

Basic requirements: bachelor’s degree; 10 years of overall professional experience, including seven years of progressively responsible fundraising experience; must have prior experience managing a staff in related functions. Preferred qualifications and experience: advanced degree; degree in communications, marketing, public relations, or related field; experience working in all functional areas of development (i.e., individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, alumni relations, board relations) and leadership in a major capital campaign; demonstrated track record of successful frontline fundraising for an institution of higher education, not-for-profit organization, or other environment of similar complexity with multiple stakeholders; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction, with at least three years of significant supervisory experience in a development-related capacity; hands-on principal and major gifts experience, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship; success in securing gifts at the level of $100,000 or greater; strengths in developing strategic and comprehensive fundraising plans, executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives, developing fundraising strategies, and creating and managing a budget are critical.

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative-Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information, visit

Florida International University has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:

Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.

Managing Director

Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy

Diversified Search

275 Madison Avenue, 39th Floor, New York, NY 10016


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