The Director of Development will understand the mission, needs and value proposition of the university and the department of Athletics and build relationships with prospective donors to increase philanthropic support. Donors such as alumni, friends, and/or grateful patients will be identified by listening for opportunities to align their interests and passions with opportunities to donate to the university.
The aim of the role is to actively manage a portfolio of prospective donors to be asked for gifts of $100,000 and above. 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 and manage an allocated budget. 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.
The Director reports to the Associate Athletics Director, Development and operates with a high degree of independence to make decisions, solve problems, negotiate and adapt to shifting priorities. Expectations include stellar communications and interactions with constituents, collaboration with colleagues across Advancement and the university and Wexner Medical Center, diplomacy, and discretion. This role requires frequent workweek travel including approximately one or two overnight trips per month, regular in-state travel and occasional evening and weekend work. This position works in a fast-paced creative and collaborative team environment where change is embraced and innovation is encouraged.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience; 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).
Desired Qualifications: Three years of professional fundraising experience raising the highest level of philanthropic gifts at an organization (preferably five or six figures and above); 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.
The deadline for applications is Sunday, April 14, 2019. All interested candidates must complete an on-line application for position requisition #447778 at https://www.jobsatosu.com/. 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 identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: 447778
About The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams - 17 for women, 16 for men and three co-educational. The department is committed to providing its more than 1,000 student-athletes with the finest in academic and athletics support in order to ensure a quality and life-enhancing experience. U.S. News and World Report ranks Ohio State as one of the Top 20 public universities and has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For."