Directors of Development (3 Openings), College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University
Posting DateAugust 31, 2018
Location of Position
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 Arts and Sciences is excited to be searching for three new Directors of Development. You will join an experienced development team as a cohort of new hires as the College continues to position itself as the leading academic fundraising unit on campus. The individuals in these positions will be embedded primarily in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Natural and Mathematical Sciences, but will also have the opportunity to be a team development expert on existing and emerging cross-college fundraising initiatives in alignment with dean priorities and a new university fundraising campaign. You will each be responsible for discovering, maintaining and expanding relationships with major donors ($100,000 and above) and will have the opportunity to enhance your career as the College seeks to grow to an $80M annual fundraising operation.
Each position will report to a Senior Director of Development in the College of Arts and Sciences and will additionally have opportunities to partner with professionals in principal gifts, foundation and corporate relations, alumni relations and events, stewardship, volunteer engagement, communications, and research to ensure their success as a part of a multi-faceted, nimble and well-resourced advancement team. The ability to both lead and partner on campus while actively prospecting to build a strong portfolio in an assigned geographical territory is essential.
Among the College’s fundraising priorities that all development team members have the opportunity to participate in and raise support for are faculty excellence, a vibrant Arts District emerging near 15th Avenue and High Street, a core chemistry facility, graduate student support, undergraduate scholarships providing increased access for academically-qualified students – especially from our Ohio communities – and experiential learning opportunities for research, internships, and travel abroad. Helping donors to find where their philanthropy aligns with the university’s and the unit’s priorities provides for a stimulating, creative, and rewarding work environment.
Individuals passionate about the power of a liberal arts and sciences education environment and able to articulate the challenges and opportunities that it faces in the world that we live in today are encouraged to apply.
More about the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences provides a dynamic environment and opportunities to partner with vibrant faculty to prospect, cultivate, secure and steward major donors. The College is the academic heart of the university with 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, 20,000 students and over 200,000 of the university’s 550,000 living alumni.
Our environment is complex. It demands the ability to think strategically, creatively and collaboratively; to thrive in a world focused on continuous improvement; and to prioritize your work in order to accomplish your metric fundraising goals. In return, you will be inspired daily by innovation and be supported by and contribute to a strong and extensive network of talented Advancement professionals in University Development.
Why Join Ohio State Advancement Now?
With the recent completion of a record-setting But for Ohio State campaign raising over $3 billion, with $220 million raised by the College, this experienced development officer will be on the ground floor of planning the next campaign and in celebrating the university’s 150th birthday. The time is optimal to join this goal-oriented team as an experienced and motivating leader who enjoys mentoring and leading development officers as well as interacting with deans and faculty to align goals and objectives in conjunction with a new strategic plan for the University, College and Advancement.
“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
Annual Performance Objectives include, but are not limited to:
- At least 12 solicitations of $100,000 or above
- The ability to raise $2-5M
- The management of a portfolio of 50-75 major gift prospects
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education/experience
- 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)
- 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
You Need To Know
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: https://hr.osu.edu/careers/.
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.