Director(s) of Development, Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University

Director(s) of Development, Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
June 28, 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 Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) is seeking an extraordinary leader who has a passion for innovative cancer research to join a highly successful major gift fundraising team as we enter into our cancer program’s most aspirational campaign to date. The Director of Development is responsible for understanding the mission, needs and research priorities of the OSUCCC – James in order to strategically engage individuals from a variety of constituent groups including grateful patients, donors, alumni, and friends.

The Director of Development will have a specific focus on the disease area of Hematology (blood disorders, blood cancers, blood and bone marrow transplantation).  The Division of Hematology remains prominent on the national/international stage due to its innovative research, outstanding clinical care, strong outcomes and the education of the next generation of academic hematologists.  The Director will partner with exceptional physicians/clinicians/researchers to identify alumni, friends, and/or grateful patients with whom to engage, deepen relationships, and, ultimately, to align their interests and passions with philanthropic opportunities at the Wexner Medical Center.

At the OSUCCC – James, our vision is to create a cancer-free world, one person, one discovery at a time. This underlies everything we do in working to eradicate cancer through research that translates to innovative and highly-targeted patient care. We are the only cancer program in the United States that features a National Cancer Institute (NCI)–designated comprehensive cancer center aligned with a nationally-ranked academic medical center and a freestanding cancer hospital on the campus of one of the nation’s largest public universities.

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 specific cancer types 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.

The Director of Development position will identify, cultivate, solicit and secure major gifts of $100,000 and above.

Performance Objectives

First 1-3 months 

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

First 3-6 months

Prepare for FY20 fundraising metric goal setting

Help finalize campaign planning for specified cancer type research area

Meet with existing donors and begin to qualify 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

First 12 months

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

Requirements include the experience and ability to deliver the following results:

  • Successfully move a portfolio of prospects through the donor engagement process to close gifts of $100,000 and above.
  • Build strong relationships with faculty, physicians, researchers and staff to advance the missions of the OSUCCC – James
  • Maintain the momentum needed to increase fundraising amounts annually.
Required Experience

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More about the OSUCCC – James

More than 340 researchers from 11 of 15 colleges across The Ohio State University campus are members of the OSUCCC – James. OSUCCC – James investigators are working to develop novel, innovative approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer and to understanding the disease in its many forms. The OSUCCC – James development team is focused on campaign funding priorities that include an Institute for Immuno-Oncology, Cancer Engineering, Physician Wellness, Onco-geriatrics, Patient Access, capital projects and priorities that are cancer type specific.

Why Join Ohio State Advancement Now?

The Ohio State University recently concluded the most successful fundraising effort in its history, with contributions from what is believed to be the most donors ever to a higher education campaign. The But for Ohio State Campaign raised over $3 billion from more than 750,000 donors, shattering the goal of $2.5 billion. Ohio State is now six months away from the public kickoff of the next campaign which coincides with the celebration of the University’s 150th birthday. 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.

You Need To Know

The Ohio State University is looking to make an investment in an experienced professional who will evolve the Advancement opportunities for the college and institution and, therefore, the salary for this position is negotiable.  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 your work. Learn more here:

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.

Questions may be directed to Greg Bright, Recruiter, at