Director, Sesquicentennial Program at The Ohio State University

Director, Sesquicentennial Program at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
February 7, 2019
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 Director of Sesquicentennial Programs leads the strategy, planning, implementation and conclusion of the year-long university sesquicentennial celebration.

The academic year 2019-2020 has been designated as our Sesquicentennial Year with the Sesquicentennial itself falling in March of 2020.  It provides a rare opportunity to celebrate the land-grant mission of Ohio State by highlighting our distinctive academic programs and research, our state-of-the-art facilities and the impact that our faculty, students, staff and alumni have, through their work, throughout the state, nation and world.  It also offers the unique opportunity to consider our next one-hundred years, and ways in which Ohio State will continue its indelible impact on society.

The Director is responsible and accountable for building the sesquicentennial program including, but not limited to, program planning, strategic alignment of goals to university priorities, budget management, staff oversight, building university-wide involvement and support and implementation.

The Director works with senior university leaders to establish priorities, review progress and set long-term goals for the initiative. Leading across the enterprise, creates and executes a comprehensive and ambitious, multi-faceted plan that is fitting for gravitas of the Sesquicentennial celebration of The Ohio State University. Responsible for managing the team that executes signature and marquee programs unique to the Sesquicentennial that will engage millions of Buckeyes through print, digital and in-person experiences over the course of the twelve-month celebration, and a multi-million dollar budget.

Upon completion of the Sesquicentennial, he/she will create mechanisms for evaluating program components, ensure accurate results reporting and closing of the sesquicentennial office. In collaboration with university archives, he/she will also lead the archiving and records retention effort.

The Director functions with a high-degree of autonomy and independence, so must have exceptional judgment, problem solving skills and experience working within a higher education entity.

This position is a full-time, term position, lasting approximately 2 years or until the conclusion of the sesquicentennial year and all necessary program wrap-up.


Develops, implements, monitors and enhances strategies and tactics for The Ohio State University to promote and celebrate the Sesquicentennial; Oversees and provides strategic direction for the Office’s signature programs – including a MOOC, scholar/leadership initiative, signature publications, academic summit series, mini-documentary series, and the Carmen collections; Serves as subject matter expert on the Sesquicentennial for anyone at the University; Proactively create opportunities to feature the 150th celebration across the University in print, digital and in-person formats; Assess and develop ongoing opportunities for celebration that elevate the University in the national conversation.


Hires, trains and supervises staff; establishes and monitors goals, provides performance feedback and coaching, and supports professional development;  directs team and manages workflow, prioritizing and delegating work; completes annual performance management procedures; manages performance issues; is responsible for using independent, consistent and fair judgement in exercising authority; develops procedures, assigns and prioritizes work, and ensures that the resources needed to accomplish work are provided.


Other Duties as Assigned

Position Requirements


Master’s degree; event, marketing/communication experience; in-depth knowledge of Ohio State priorities, organization, operations, systems and functions.

Required Experience


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education/experience, 5 year’s program planning experience; 5 years of demonstrated management experience; project management experience; effective communicator; and experience working within a University setting.

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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.