Chief Advancement Officer, Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University

Chief Advancement Officer, Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
October 4, 2017
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University is seeking an accomplished, entrepreneurial advancement leader to serve as a change agent and direct its development and alumni relations areas. Reporting jointly to the Dean and Assistant Vice President of Development of Constituency Fundraising, the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) will bring a proven track record of growing development programs, implementing creative ways to engage alumni, and telling compelling stories, in order to create a case for support for law school constituents.

A consummate relationship builder with gravitas and the ability to open doors to potential partners will do well in the advancement environment at Ohio State. This position will focus on raising major ($100K+) and principal ($5M+) gifts for the college through both a personal portfolio and leadership of two fundraisers. In an effort to ensure portfolio optimization, advancement research provides a prospect pool for major gift qualification, allowing attention to be spent on personal interactions that build partnerships. The aspirational leader we are seeking will aim to more than double the College’s current fundraising level.

As part of the college’s advancement model, the CAO also has a team of two alumni relations professionals and a communications/alumni relations professional. Providing vision and leadership will allow this team to flourish in its stewardship and strategic engagement mission.

The need for a leader who will shape a fresh culture of teamwork is a priority in filling this role. Thus, experience leading high-performing teams and creating a motivating, collaborative environment is key. As a vital member of the Dean’s team, the CAO will build strong partnerships with senior leadership across the college, advancement leadership and colleagues across campus. The position also enjoys the support of an administrative assistant, bringing the current staff count to seven.

The Ohio State University recently concluded its But for Ohio State Campaign which raised a record $3B to support five priorities:  placing students first, elevating faculty and the academic enterprise, creating modern learning environments, emboldening the research agenda and driving high-impact innovation. Looking towards the future, the university’s 2020 Vision establishes three key pillars for the future: 1) access, affordability and excellence; 2) community engagement; and 3) diversity and inclusion.

The Moritz College of Law is one of the most respected law schools in the world with 10,000 alumni central to its reputation. Moritz is known for its rigorous academic program, the pioneering research of its world-class faculty, a deep commitment to teaching and professional training, and the development of future leaders. Innovative approaches to launching careers have placed the College of Law among the top five public schools in employment. The resulting national momentum has propelled the College to its highest rankings ever, and a 20% rise in applications in the midst of flat law school applications nationally.

Development success has also been a crucial driver for the College. The College of Law derives the largest percentage of its budget from giving of any college at Ohio State. The College closed the But for Ohio State campaign at approximately $36 million on a $25 million goal.

“We are training the lawyers and leaders of the 21st century. The practice and substance of law are changing as rapidly as the rest of the world. Our innovative teaching and research anticipate and respond to this constant evolution and carry our excellence forward to provide a great law school at Ohio State.” – Dean Alan Michaels

Position Requirements

We are seeking experienced fundraisers who possess a bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of six years of accomplishments in major gift fundraising who have managed development and alumni relations functions. Success raising principal or transformational gifts along with experience in a complex higher education environment strongly preferred. Ability to share successful experiences leading change, creating a high-performance culture and demonstrating superb leadership also preferred. This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule, including overnight travel.

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.