Assistant Director of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy


Position Title

Assistant Director of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy


University Advancement


Full Time/Exempt

Position Summary

Jacksonville University is a premier, small, private university on a 260-acre riverfront campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville University is a residential university with an academic focus on the traditional liberal arts, as well as select professional programs. Our diverse student body comes from Florida's First Coast, and countries around the world. The University's educational process respects individuality and puts emphasis on leadership development; it is demanding and accountable in that it sets expectations for its graduates, which transcend skill training, delivery of information and exposure to knowledge. The Jacksonville University vision sees its graduates as leaders with global sensitivity and ethical purpose. 

Jacksonville University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy.  We are seeking dynamic individuals committed to our shared mission of enhancing the Jacksonville University experience for all students through philanthropy. 

Under the supervision of the Senior Director of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy, the Assistant Director of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy will provide strategic direction and both long and short-range planning in the context of increasing unrestricted giving while helping to identify prospects and grow the leadership, major and planned giving pipeline. 

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record as a self-starter and creative thinker, who is also an action-oriented fundraiser with a sense of urgency and passion for implementing strategies and tactics. 

This position is located in Advancement Hall. 

Essential Job Duties

  • Focus on renewing and upgrading current donors, as well as increasing the overall participation rate of all constituencies through the acquisition of new donors. 
  • Strategically create an annual giving plan and and execute appeals targeted towards specific constituent groups such as alumni, parents and families, giving society members, faculty & staff, etc. 
  • Implement stewardship plan to recognize annual donors 
  • Write and produce fundraising communication vehicles, including solicitations, micro campaigns, digital communications, reports and other projects aimed at educating, informing and engaging current and prospective donors 
  • Plan, develop and execute micro-campaigns (Dolphin Dash Week of Giving) and special fundraising efforts – experience with GiveCampus or other micro-giving platforms preferred 
  • Focus on new and emerging technologies to stay relevant with the trends and patterns in donor preferences and habits 
  • Recruit, manage and acknowledge assigned volunteer groups (Reunion, Affinity or other) 
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Experience in digital and online fundraising campaigns 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented environment 
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a professional manner 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully balance, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks in an active, fast-paced environment, while providing superior constituent service 
  • Excellent written, oral, computer, problem-solving, critical thinking, and fiscal management skills 
  • Strong initiative, ability to collaborate with teams across campus, creativity, and attention to detail 

Work Conditions

  • Work is primarily indoors, but requires the incumbent to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or being off-campus. 
  • Standard office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Physical Requirements

  • Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and scientific equipment 
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications and computer display screens 
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone 

Prerequisites Required for Position

Minimum Education Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferably in: Communications, Business, or Marketing 

Minimum Work Experience

  • 4-6 years in fundraising, higher education, or other relative experience

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

All Jacksonville University employees who work on campus must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Documentation will be requested during onboarding. Our full vaccination policy is available online.

To Apply

Interested applicants, send application materials to