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Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts

Florida State University
Job Location:
Development and Fundraising

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Florida State University in the search for an Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts.

Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement and President of the FSU Foundation, the Associate Vice President for Principal Gifts will 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 delivers an affordable, high-quality education and offers distinctive opportunities to engage its students. FSU has been named the No. 8 Best Value College in the nation among public colleges and universities according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2024” guidebook. Florida State continues to be a strong investment with the highest-rated credit of any public university in the state of Florida with an AA+ rating by S&P and Fitch and an equivalent Aa1 rating by Moody’s.

Florida State University reaffirmed its place in the Top 25 among national public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. FSU is number 23 on the list, marking the fifth consecutive year that the university placed in the Top 25. FSU has also scored its highest-ever ranking among national universities (both public and private) at No. 53. The rankings appear in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2024” guidebook. U.S. News & World Report also ranked 20 of FSU’s graduate programs and specialties in the Top 25 among public universities in 2022. The Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked Florida State’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty No. 1 in the ration for research productivity and influence, 2023. U.S. News & World Report’s, “Best Graduate Schools,” 2024 edition, ranks the College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice No. 1 among Florida’s public universities.

The College of Education ranked No. 14 among all public and private universities and No. 1 among Florida’s public universities. FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts is ranked No. 15 in the nation among all colleges and universities and No. 4 among public schools by The Hollywood Reporter, “Top 25 Film Schools,” 2023. also ranked FSU No. 1 in the category of “Best Affordable Film School” for 2022. Florida State ranks No. 19 in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 drama schools, 2022, reaffirming the School of Theatre as a mainstay in the publication’s annual list of best schools for an acting degree. Numerous other programs at Florida State rank in the Top 5. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks Florida State No. 30 overall and No. 23 among public universities in its “Best National Universities for Veterans” rankings, which are published annually.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least six years of principal and planned gift fundraising experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Florida State University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $250,000 to $275,000 annually.

Florida State University is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Kim Farr at

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