Assistant Vice President, Major Giving

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Join Ohio University’s Advancement team and provide strategic leadership for the university’s Major Giving program while guiding and mentoring an exceptional group of professional gift officers. The Assistant Vice President (AVP) will join a dynamic Development leadership team; provide key vision and direction for the Major Giving team; will work directly with academic deans, unit vice presidents, and other university leaders; and will interact strategically with Trustees of The Ohio University Foundation as well as with high-level donors and prospects. The option to work from the Ohio University campus in Dublin, Ohio or the main campus in Athens, Ohio is also available.

General position overview:
The Assistant Vice President of Major Giving is responsible for the overall management of a section of University Advancement’s major giving program and will lead by utilizing best practices for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. The incumbent will be responsible for providing guidance, oversight, and strategic direction to all major gift officers in the major giving program in order to achieve fundraising objectives and goals as defined by University Advancement and the colleges/units supported by University Advancement. The incumbent will manage travel and events in key development markets through collaboration with the SAVP of Development and other AVP’s in the division of Advancement.

Primary responsibilities include:
1. Manage, train and direct the workload of all major gift officers based on priorities and goals that coincide with strategic plans. This will require working closely with University Advancement’s Organizational Giving office, Planned Giving office, Annual Giving office, additional Major Giving colleagues, Principal Giving, and Donor Relations on strategies for donors related to those gift vehicles or gift stewardship activities. (40% of time)
2. Collaborate with other SAVP and AVP of Development to manage key development markets identified by University Advancement leadership. This includes managing travel calendars for major gift officers and planning ongoing activity on behalf of Ohio University in order to increase the number and size of gifts. (20% of time)
3. Serve as a chief strategist for the comprehensive major giving program. Apply critical analysis to fundraising objectives to determine when, how and whether to proceed, changing strategy when needed with the ultimate goal of increasing support and building the major giving pipeline. Work with University leadership and volunteers on the role they play in fundraising activities. (20% of time)
4. Build a qualified prospect base to develop the major giving pipeline. Engage and solicit major gift donors at a level established by Development Leadership. (20% of time)

Location and Travel:
– University Advancement values in-person collaboration and relationship building and therefore takes a hybrid approach that combines remote and in-office work days. The incumbent will have the option to work from OHIO’s Advancement offices on the Athens, Ohio and/or Dublin, Ohio campuses with regular travel to the Athens, Ohio campus. Exact hybrid/remote work expectations, including onboarding plans, will be negotiated at the time of offer.
– The AVP must have the ability and willingness to travel frequently.

About University Advancement:
The Division of University Advancement is a multi-faceted unit within Ohio University that builds and strengthens relationships that inspire investments of time, talent, and treasure in the University and its mission. The Division engages alumni and friends in the life of the University and secures private support that advances the University’s strategic initiatives. Through local, regional, state, and worldwide engagement, University Advancement shares OHIO’s story and furthers its mission and vision across the globe. The Division of University Advancement is committed to excellent customer service, fostering collaborative work environments, and celebrating a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree
– 8 years minimum experience in development or related
– 4 years management experience in development, higher education, or related

Preferred Qualifications:
– Master’s degree
– Higher education experience
– Experience managing a fundraising team

*An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.

Salary and Benefits:
Based on extensive benchmarking data, the target starting salary range for this position is $130,010 to $154,387. The salary negotiated at the time of offer will be commensurate with education and experience while also considering internal equity. For more information on the pay structure and Pay Administration Guidelines please visit:

RELOCATION allowance or SIGN ON BONUS of up to 10% of the base salary may also be available!

Employees also enjoy a generous benefits package including, but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, short term disability, life insurance, retirement benefits, educational benefits for themselves AND qualified dependents, domestic partner benefits, PAID parental leave, adoption benefits, generous PAID time off, and access to professional development programs. More detailed plan information can be found at:

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