Sr. Director of Gift Planning at The Ohio State University

Sr. Director of Gift Planning at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
February 16, 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 Office of Gift Planning has incredible momentum and is looking for an experienced planned giving professional to assist in growing its impact across campus. This central development service is aggressively serving as a solution provider to maximize traditional estate assets, complex assets and real estate through leadership and strategic planning. Opportunities abound to drive growth in new fundraising activity and partner with staff and faculty across the university and Wexner Medical Center.  New gift planning activity is consistently over $50,000,000 annually and is well positioned for continued growth and partnership in the units. This front line position will be a significant contributor to ensuring the gift planning function is best in class. Day-to-day tasks will focus on managing a portfolio of planned giving prospects from identification through cultivation and solicitation. Reports directly to the Assistant VP of Gift Planning and oversees two planned giving fundraisers.

Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required; minimum of 6 years fundraising experience with a proven record of success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding annual, special or major gifts from individuals, or equivalent experience practicing tax/estate related law; ability to travel (including overnight trips) approximately 50% of the time and work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.


Law degree or CPA designation; formal education and/or training in charitable gift planning, estate planning, personal trust administration and charitable tax law; documented experience in managing projects and strategic planning; previous experience in fundraising campaign planning; leadership skills and management experience within a gift planning office at a non-profit organization.

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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.