Director of Development & External Relations @ UF Libraries

The University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries seeks an The Director of Development & External Relations leads the planning and execution of a comprehensive philanthropic program for the George A. Smathers Libraries in coordination with the Dean of University Libraries. This position reports dually to the Dean of University Libraries and the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Development.

The Director of Development & External Relations leads a team of development professionals that work collaboratively with Library deans, chairs, and librarians, as well as colleagues outside of the Libraries to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift prospects for the Smathers Libraries initiatives and strategic priorities. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing and providing direction to the work of the advancement team in securing all private support, executing donor stewardship, development of public support groups, fundraising event coordination, and relations between the Libraries, its Library Leadership Board, and Smathers Friends of the Libraries donors, the University of Florida and the UF Advancement. Additionally, the Director of Development & External Relations will attend strategic engagement events in support of Smathers Libraries fundraising goals.


At UF Advancement we are committed to “The Gold Standard Culture” and live it through:

Our Vision: To be ranked among the best, as measured by Voluntary Support of Education

Our Mission: To be a catalyst in securing and managing private support for university priorities

Our Values:

  • Excellence – Strive for greatness as an institution that brings out the best in each individual.
  • Discovery & Innovation – Collaborate on the uncharted frontiers of knowledge to seek truth and make the world a better place.
  • Inclusion – Celebrate differences in identities, thoughts, and abilities, and seek to provide equitable access to opportunity.
  • Freedom & Civility – Embrace the freedom to inquire and express ideas without condemnation, and to show respect for the right of others to do the same.
  • Community – Create a safe, welcoming community and a shared purpose that builds a sense of belonging and togetherness.
  • Stewardship – Show respect for those who came before us, responsibility for those now with us, and the commitment to leave a just and habitable world for those who come after us.


The search will remain open until October 18, 2022, applications will be reviewed as received. For a full description of the position and instructions on how to apply, please refer to  Job Number 523832.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

Address inquiries to Tina Marie Litchfield Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: