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Talent Development

We are committed to developing and recommending educational programming that will equip our employees with the tools they need to accomplish the goals ahead, enrich individual skill sets, and strengthen engagement in our organization. Before any training begins, we strongly encourage a dialogue between employees and managers to create the most effective training roadmap.

UF Advancement Training

Explore organization specific training and resources

Continuing Education Sessions

Continuing Education Sessions serve as a platform to discover organizational enhancements, share knowledge, and improve skill sets necessary to achieve personal and business goals.  In-person attendance is always preferred, but recorded sessions can be accessed through the HUB > Search > enter “CE Session” or topic/keyword.

A sampling of CE Sessions are available here:

Compliance Training

Emergency Preparedness Training – It’s invaluable to be prepared for emergencies before they happen. Yearly in September, our facilities team will go over what to do in the case of emergency weather, building fires and an active shooter.

FERPA Basics – Family Education Records and Privacy Act – Handling student information.

HIPAA & Privacy – General Awareness – Overview for protecting private data.

Preventing Harassment – Provides a safe working environment free from discrimination and harassment. Learn more here.

Security Awareness Training – Web-based training covering a variety of topics to provide resources and tips on keeping our information safe.

Security Awareness Training Videos

UF Restricted Data Training – Learn how to use encryption, proper methods for disposal and specific safeguards for portable media.

Academic Leader Training & Resources

Academic Leader Campaign Training is a customizable training suite that encourages effective philanthropic activity among all colleges and units in conjunction with their development team.  Contact Michael Amish for more information or to schedule a session for your college.

Cohort Learning

Build role specific skills and competencies alongside colleagues in a similar role.

LEAD Essentials 

LEAD (Learning, Engaging and Advancing in Development) Essentials is designed for Directors of Development with under three years of major gift experience (and/or new to the university) who hold a portfolio and regularly meets with donors. This cohort meets monthly to explore the donor relationship cycle and the essentials of fundraising. Enrollment for the cohort takes place quarterly.

LEAD Masters

A cohort based program of Director and Sr. Director of Development professionals with the purpose of fine tuning fundraising skills, enhancing strategic and critical thinking and growing as operational leaders and executors.  This program is designed to strengthen all Advancement fundraising core competencies with a focus on relationship mastery, strategic thinking, and tenacity.

Donor Relations Rep Meetings

Quarterly sessions for donor relations representatives to learn and share best practices in donor relations and recognize outstanding contributions.  Contact Sarah Sims for more information.

Annual Giving Rep Meetings

Quarterly meetings for annual giving representatives to learn and share best practices.  Contact Heather Greig for more information.

Professional Development

Discover opportunities outside of UF Advancement to meet individual training needs.

Leadership Development

  • Managing at UF: Supervisory Challenge
    Designed to provide University of Florida leaders with meaningful information about the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for being an effective manager in our diverse university environment.
  • UF Academy
    Designed for emerging leaders at our institution, the UF Academy is a 9-month program that provides a UF-specific approach for up to 15 recognized star achievers who are “emerging leaders” at our institution.
  • Advanced Leadership for Professionals
    Designed in cooperation with UF’s Office of the Provost, Faculty Senate, and Human Resource Services, this leadership program is for UF academic and professional leaders who wish to further explore and develop their leadership skills.
  • Leadership Development Toolkit
    Readings, job aids, video and audio segments and more are available at your convenience to assist your efforts in being a better manager and leader.

Technical Skills

Employee Education Program

The Employee Education Program (EEP) is an opportunity funded by university resources that enables full-time UF Academic Personnel, and TEAMS employees who have been employed in good standing for at least six months to receive tuition assistance for up to six credit hours per semester at the state university closest to their work location. The EEP is not limited to the programs listed below.

  • Master of Science in Management (M.S.) – A generalist graduate business program designed specifically for individuals with non-business academic backgrounds/ degrees.
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Student Personnel in Higher Education or Educational Leadership – Students are prepared to contribute to a well-qualified and broadly diverse citizenry, leadership and workforce in institutions of higher education globally.

Professional Associations