Director of Development, College of Engineering at The Ohio State University

Director of Development, College of Engineering at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
March 8, 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 College of Engineering’s Advancement area has a dynamic new leader and we are ready to bring an additional fundraiser to the team. An opportunity exists to become a Director of Development that will focus on the Integrated Systems Engineering (ISE) Department and will inherit a strong portfolio. Focusing your fundraising efforts on ISE will allow you to be part of a collaborative team in an entrepreneurial environment with distinguished programs and 60,000 alumni, as well as strong corporate support.

We recently completed a record-setting campaign and are on the ground floor of planning the next one, so the time is right to join this goal-oriented, nurturing team. This role is for you if you want to expand your knowledge of great fundraising practices, be supported in a resource-rich environment and be inspired daily by innovation and strategy. All we ask is that you bring integrity to the role, push the status quo, love the fast pace and hit your goals.

Performance Objectives:

During the first 3 months:

  1. Build trusting relationships with advancement colleagues as well as college leadership, prospects, donors and volunteers.
  2. Identify, develop and implement lead generation strategies to identify major gift prospects.
  3. Begin work towards meeting performance goals/metrics. Annual fundraising goals will eventually target the following in order to raise annual dollar goals (to be determined):  120 prospect and donor meetings; 12 major gifts solicitations ($100,000 and above).

During the first 3-6 months

  1. Implement lead generation and cultivation strategies.
  2. Establish solicitation strategies for portfolio.

During the first 6-12 months:

  1. Implement solicitation strategies for major gifts.
  2. Establish stewardship strategies to acknowledge and recognize donors.
  3. Work with department chair to build vision and strategy, coordinated with college priorities and goals
  4. Organizational Overview

The Ohio State University recently concluded its But for Ohio State Campaign which raised a record $3 billion 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 College of Engineering is led by a visionary, supportive Dean just beginning his second term and is coming off raising a nation-leading $399M in the last campaign. The College offers 14 undergraduate and 15 graduate programs in 10 departments or centers, as well as three undergraduate and four graduate degrees in the Knowlton School of Architecture. Enrollment includes 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students who enjoy broad exposure to the principles of engineering and grow to focused studies and research programs. The College continually strengthens its traditional engineering programs while investing in emerging fields and expecting greatness at every turn.

“As we approach the university’s 150th birthday, we must re-envision our land-grant role in the modern light of the 21st century.” – President Michael V. Drake, MD

Position Requirements

The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years of successful experience in major gift fundraising ($25,000 asks and above). Applicants must be trustworthy, strong relationship-builders with interpersonal savvy and possess the ability to navigate a complex, high-performing environment. Candidates should be a highly motivated self-starters who can travel (often overnight) approximately 50% of the time.

Aside from the unparalleled benefits of working for The Ohio State University and working in the diverse, smart, safe, fun and growing city of Columbus, Ohio, this opportunity will provide exceptional rewards that arise from working for a land grant institution where you will truly feel the impact of this role while procuring transformational gifts. Learn more here:

Required Experience

Please note that while the position is posted as a Director of Development, it may be filled as an Associate Director of Development dependent upon the experience level of the selected candidate.

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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 or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.