Director of Development, Major Giving (College of Fine Arts)

  • Full Time
  • Athens, OH or Dublin, OH
  • Salary Range: The target hiring range for this position is $68,299 to $80,252.

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Serve as the next Director of Development, Major Giving for the College of Fine Arts and have an impact on the arts at Ohio University as well as in the surrounding region! Due to Ohio University’s unique location in Athens, Ohio, the College of Fine Arts connects with the broader community in addition to the university’s faculty, staff, and students to provide a broad array of arts access and resources. The Director will have the opportunity to be a part of this dynamic and inspirational connection every day by working directly with the Dean and with the Dean’s Leadership Council to secure transformational private support in this vital area.

General position overview:
The Director will be responsible for the identification of potential major-gift donors and will identify and engage regional development markets in collaboration with development colleagues. They will also initiate first alumni contact for deans, faculty and other administrators, maintain development travel schedules, coordinate with all development staff and gift stewardship activities with donor relations, and will work closely with University Advancement’s Corporate Foundation Relations (CFR) office, Gift Planning office, and Annual Giving office on strategies for donors related to those gift vehicles. The incumbent will coordinate strategic development events, be responsible for the development of a major gifts pipeline to build a qualified prospect base for the college, serve as liaison between the faculty, staff, students and potential supporters (individuals, corporations and foundations), and serve as liaison between the faculty and staff of the assigned unit and/or project(s), and the Office of the Vice President for Advancement.

Primary responsibilities include:
1. Serve as the chief development officer for designated colleges/units by managing and meeting priorities and goals that coincide with strategic plans as defined by University Advancement and the college/unit. (25% of time)
2. Identify constituents that may provide private support to Ohio University while acting as fundraiser/strategist/advisor for academic unit(s) and/or project(s) and secure dollar commitment at a level established for said units. (20% of time)
3. Work collaboratively with the CFR, gift planning, annual giving, and major giving staff as needed to verify, cultivate and solicit constituents for major gifts for the university and work with appropriate campus offices to plan implement and oversee stewardship programs. (20% of time)
4. Plan, implement and coordinate cultivation activities for prospects and donors. Initiate, develop, and coordinate delivery of proposals to prospective supporters. (20% of time)
5. Interface with the external relations agents (i.e. Alumni Relations, Development, Deans, and individual unit/project personnel) to coordinate events and activities involving alumni in the pursuit of identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gift prospects. (15% of time)

– 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 (onsite multiple days per week) and will be willing to travel to the Athens, Ohio, campus regularly (at least once a week) for business meetings as well as for special events and/or donor visits. Additionally, the option for flexwork (including work from home) will be available after the on-boarding period, upon approval.
– The Director 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

– 3 years experience in fundraising, Advancement, sales, business development, or related

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 $68,299 to $80,252. 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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