Director of Development

Website Ohio State Bar Foundation

The Director of Development is responsible for the direction, strategy, and execution of the development efforts of the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF).  The Director will support and enhance a culture of giving through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual and corporate donors.  The Director will apply best practices and innovative approaches to the administration of revenue-generating efforts, including, but not limited to, annual giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, capital campaigns and planned giving.

– Oversees all fundraising plans and programs, including annual fundraising efforts, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, and planned giving.
– Develops and cultivates relationships with OSBF members (Fellows) and other donors. Works in innovative ways to achieve full fundraising potential of the OSBF.
– Provides support to the Board of Trustees and the Development Committee in fundraising, including education and training, development of materials, relationship management, and ongoing donor cultivation.
– Prepares a compelling case for support and fundraising communication materials.
– Develops, in partnership with the Board and Development Committee, the direction of the next 2–3-year development strategy to initiate and meet aggressive fundraising goals.
– Creates and implements an effective strategy to attract major gifts, corporate donors, and planned giving.
– Collaborates with other staff members in a team environment. Works with the Grants & Database Manager to ensure effective management of donor records and metrics and with the Marketing & Communications Manager to align messaging and storytelling efforts. Supports the Executive Director in relationship building and participates in appropriate events to represent the OSBF.
– Assumes responsibility for all development reports to the Board and attends Board meetings.

– Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred
– CFRE certification
– Five or more years progressively responsible fundraising experience with a proven history of achieving revenue and plan targets, directing team of volunteers; developing fundraising strategies and plans; and working with the Board and Development Committee to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors
– Strong history of “making the ask” during donor visits to individual and corporate donors with successful results
– Excellent interpersonal, written communication, and presentation skills
– High emotional intelligence and history of working with Board and Committee members
– Strong organizational skills, diligence, and adherence to deadlines

– Proficient in email marketing software like Constant Contact or MailChimp

– Strong technology skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office products
– Experience with donor information software, particularly Raiser’s Edge, desirable
– Experience working with a professional association or the legal community preferred
– Willingness to travel throughout Ohio as needed

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