Employment Opportunities

The UK College of Pharmacy is part of the University of Kentucky, one of the largest employers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Below are current employment opportunities within the College of Pharmacy. For additional opportunities at the University of Kentucky, please visit the UK Jobs website.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer & Educator. If offered a position, the candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and national background check in accordance with University of Kentucky Human Resources regulations.

Development Director (Posted: 01/30/2017)

The University of Kentucky’s highly regarded and nationally ranked College of Pharmacy seeks a development leader to partner with the Dean of the College to envisage, build, and grow a long-term, sustainable development organization for the College.  The Director will lead all development activities for the College and, in partnership with the Dean, faculty, and staff, will enable the College to achieve its short-term and long-term strategic priorities.

A Director with excellent leadership and vision will implement with confidence the coordination and management of major gifts, and planned giving prospects’ identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship to elevate the College’s capacity for sustained excellence.  As the College’s principal fundraiser and a passionate voice for its outstanding performance, this individual will provide leadership, management, design, and execution of the advancement and philanthropy program and a $50 million dollar comprehensive campaign for the College of Pharmacy surrounding its 150th anniversary in 2020.

The Director will appreciate and maximize the opportunity to engage a loyal alumni base and committed professional community with a dedicated and creative leadership team to elevate the nature of philanthropic support for the college to a level on par with its passion for those it serves.

The University of Kentucky is approaching a comprehensive capital campaign, designed to provide private support to resource the institution’s and the College’s strategic plan goals. The successful individual will collaborate closely with the UK Philanthropy office. The UK Philanthropy office will support the successful candidate with a central database of all alumni, prospects, and donors. UK Philanthropy will also provide leadership and assistance in the area of closing complex and planned gifts, portfolio creation and maintenance, and measurement of portfolio progress and fundraising success throughout the campaign, in addition to training and support of strategic work with major gift donors. 


Primary Responsibilities 

Major Gifts

  • Envision and lead the College’s Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Foundation, and Corporate development efforts including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Oversee the College’s long term fund raising goals which include managing and annually growing a portfolio of top prospects to raise funds and deferred campaign gifts aligned with the College’s endowment goal.
  • Cultivate current and potential major gift donors, solicit annual gifts for program support, and oversee and manage the College’s major gifts fund raising process.
  • Maintain a portfolio of 75-100 major gift/planned gift prospects in the $100,000 and above capacity rating
  • Conduct between 150-200 face to face prospect calls annually, as recorded in the philanthropy database
  • Present between 20-30 major gift solicitations annually, as recorded in the philanthropy database
  • Raise an average of $1 - $3 million annually from prospects in portfolio

College Development

  • Provide leadership, management, design and execution of an overall fund development program and University and College comprehensive campaigns. 
  • Engage outside consultants to conduct campaign consultation, feasibility or audit studies as needed.
  • Work in coordination with the Dean, College leadership team, the Office of Philanthropy and the UK Principal Gift Program in the development of the upcoming comprehensive campaign.
  • Devise annual development activities to ensure alignment with the College’s strategic plan; identify new philanthropic revenue generating opportunities; secure major and principal gifts to the College in support of its objectives; set and measure development performance goals. 
  • Work closely with the Dean, Department Chairs, faculty, staff and volunteers to secure private support and coordinate funding-need priorities in overall goals that are aligned with those of UK Healthcare and the University.
  • Collaborate with Office of Alumni and External Relations to coordinate communications, events and meetings to maximally leverage activities to benefit the College.
  • Fiscal Oversight, Stewardship Reporting, Development Performance Reporting and Assessments, Compliance and Organizational Improvement
  • Develop and execute effective and transparent annual stewardship reporting processes to both donors and the Dean to communicate compliance of funds usage with donor intent.
  • Develop effective metrics and methodologies for monitoring and reporting to the Dean the comparison of annual development results to established annual development targets, in accordance with university procedures.
  • Provide development performance results to parties that require data for both internal and external reporting requirements.
  • Collaborate with College’s Chief Financial Officer and Centralized Business Office in the effective oversight and management of restricted accounts (both gifts and endowments).
  • Oversee compliance with the College’s policies and procedures regarding restricted funds management and oversight. 
  • Ensure compliance with university policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Lead continuous improvement activities for the College Development Office, identifying areas for improving processes and workflows leading to notable enhancements in the effectiveness and efficiency of activities and procedures, fund-raising results, and reporting methodologies.


Key Qualifications, Competencies, and Expectations

The ideal candidate will have a passion for fundraising, a sophisticated and innovative approach to soliciting philanthropy, and a proven record of fundraising success to the mid-career level (7-10 years of experience).  This leader will demonstrate confidence, emotional maturity, a collaborative spirit and a level of professionalism that inspires and motivates donors or the prospective donor audience.  An active listener and strategic fundraiser, the College Philanthropy Director will naturally discern alignment of donor desires’ with the optimal options for supporting the College of Pharmacy.


  • Master’s degree required; science degree/experience or knowledge of pharmacy preferred 6 years of experience in direct fundraising positions required; minimum of 3 years in management of fundraising work plan and staff
  • Track record of progressively increasing responsibility for fundraising
  • Experience working within higher education
  • Demonstrated success in major gifts fundraising required; experience in planned giving or estate law preferred
  • Demonstrated success establishing and leading a high-performance team preferred
  • Skilled collaborator who enjoys cultivating trusted long-term relationships with peers
  • Hands-on team member with discipline to follow up and follow through on promises
  • Clear commitment to building an inclusive team
  • High professional integrity
  • Persistent, but patient
  • Proactive approach to donor identification and relationship management
  • Creative, self-starter who uses sound and accurate judgment
  • Strong and persuasive written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional demeanor with successful presentation and negotiation skills
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize complex information to foster problem solving and decision-making.
  • Excellent social and networking skills
  • Overnight travel, up to 20%.  Evening and weekend work occasionally expected

Process of Candidacy

Nominations, referrals and resumes with preferred contact information should be submitted electronically to:


Mark Ryan   



Wilson Browning


Endowed Chair in Pharmacogenetics-Faculty Position in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky invites applications of tenured Associate and Full Professors for the inaugural appointment of the Larry H. Spears Endowed Chair in Pharmacogenetics.  The successful candidate will have an established track record using pharmacogenetic approaches. Candidates with a record in translational studies using pharmacogenetics for personalized therapy and improved health care outcomes are highly sought. Those with expertise in cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular, or infectious diseases will be given special consideration. Many opportunities exist for collaboration within the College of Pharmacy and with investigators in multidisciplinary centers including the Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, the Center for Advancing Pharmacy Practice, the Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation, the Markey Cancer Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, the Gill Heart Institute, Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. Candidates with documented expertise in pharmacogenetics in either academic or industrial research settings will be considered for this 12-month appointment. Academic investigators must demonstrate sustained track record of extramural funding and scholarly output.  Evidence of graduate and professional training in the area of pharmacogenetics is also essential. The research program of the selected individual will benefit from state-of-the-art research facilities in the new 280,000 sq. ft. College of Pharmacy building.  More information about the College is available at its web site: http://pharmacy.uky.edu/.

Please submit a letter of application describing career goals, curriculum vitae, synopsis of future research plans, and the names and contact information of at least three references to:

CET Search
Office of the Dean
789 S. Limestone
BioPharm Complex Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40536-0596

or electronically to Kendra Harvey at kharvey@email.uky.edu.

Application review will continue until the position is filled. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. 

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer & Educator. If offered a position, the candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and national background check in accordance with University of Kentucky Human Resources regulations.

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