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Entrepreneurial Spirit**

The ability to generate creative solutions and take risks

* This competency pertains specifically to UF Advancement.

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Generates new ideas and creative solutions.

Foresees issues before they arise, and develop solutions for the future.

Shares information that will benefit organizational outcomes with colleagues.

Demonstrates an ability to learn from their actions and adapt for the future.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Conducts the necessary research to gain an understanding of donor needs, fundraising roadblocks, and other challenges.

Finds innovative ways to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of current strategies with prospects/donors.

Anticipates issues to develop "out of the box" approaches and solutions to shape future practices.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Benchmarks to incorporate leading practices in the field that benefit donors and the organization.

Encourages and models information sharing with colleagues to enhance overall fundraising performance and outcomes.

Takes deliberate risks that lead to consistent success.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Uses bold ideas to create breakthrough moments and impactful results that support organizational goals.

Leads efforts to encourage creativity, resourcefulness, and innovation within the organization.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about a time when you had to adapt your style to work effectively with different constituents, a new environment, or unfamiliar situation. What was the outcome?
  • Describe an innovative idea you developed, led, and/or implemented to improve current strategies with prospects and donors. How did you gain buy-in? What was the result?
  • Tell me about a time you leveraged best practices and ideas from other colleagues, disciplines, and institutions to enhance processes and results within your organization.

Titles with Shared Competencies