Director of Development, Heart and Vascular Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Director of Development, Heart and Vascular Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Job Type
Posting Date
October 3, 2019
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

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Duties and Responsibilities

Position Overview

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is seeking an extraordinary individual who has a passion for innovative research to join a highly successful major gift fundraising team as we enter into our program’s most aspirational campaign to date. The Director of Development is responsible for understanding the mission, needs and research priorities of the Heart and Vascular Center in order to strategically engage individuals from a variety of constituent groups including grateful patients, donors, alumni, and friends.

The aim of the role is to actively manage a portfolio of prospective donors to be asked for gifts of $100,000 and above to support the Heart and Vascular Center’s mission, objectives and priorities. Preparation for the “ask” will include creative and strategic utilization of resources to determine the prospective donor’s capacity for giving, build their interest, raise their sights, sustain their engagement and obtain a gift. Success in the position will be guided by annual metrics such as number of monthly meetings, number of gift commitments, and dollars raised. Central resources such as a robust donor database and reporting and analytics tools exist to help the role achieve goals.

Our Directors of Development have a unique opportunity to be highly specialized in their work as they partner with leaders, physicians and research teams within divisions of the Heart and Vascular Center to identify donors in a personalized donor engagement process, while working in an environment that offers the support of a high-functioning Advancement team comprised of prospect management, stewardship, event and marketing/communications staff.  All members of Advancement are part of creating an inclusive culture that inspires an exceptionally diverse and talented team and are measured on their adherence to the following core competencies:  leadership, continuous improvement, teamwork and collaboration, and communication/interpersonal effectiveness.

Performance Objectives

First 1-3 months 

  1. Understand the overall structure, teams, resources, etc. of the Advancement team
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of annual and campaign funding priorities for the Heart and Vascular Center
  3. Build positive relationships with key internal staff, faculty, physicians, and researchers

First 3-6 months

  1. Prepare for FY20 fundraising metric goal setting
  2. Meet with existing donors and begin to qualify new prospects

First 12 months

  1. Continue building a portfolio of qualified prospects
  2. Move the prospects through the donor engagement process
  3. Solicit and close major gifts of $100,000 and above
Position Requirements


At least three years of professional fundraising experience raising the highest level of philanthropic gifts at an organization (preferably five or six figures and above); At least three years of professional fundraising experience in higher education or a hospital/health care environment; Experience working in other advancement departments such as donor relations and stewardship, donor communications and/or alumni relations.

Required Experience


The selected candidate for this position must have demonstrated success in several areas, including:

At least three years of professional fundraising experience or professional transferable experience (i.e. managing relationships with required measurable output, making calls, conducting face-to-face appointments, creating and presenting proposals, and other fundamental elements of client relationship or sales-related activities)

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Closing Statement

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.

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