Director of Development, Major Giving

  • Full Time
  • Athens, OH or Dublin, OH
  • Salary Range (Optional but highly recommended to increase equity in the workplace): The target hiring range for this position is $68,299 to $80,252.

Website Ohio University

Support and enhance the exceptional Ohio University student experience by serving as the next Director of Development, Major Giving! This major gifts officer will have the meaningful and impactful role of securing transformational private support for colleges and units that deliver on student engagement and experiences at Ohio University. These efforts will include, but are not limited to, fundraising for student basic needs, student co-curricular activities, community engagement, internships, study away, and other life-changing experiential learning opportunities.

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/unit, 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(s) 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)

– The incumbent will have the option to work from OHIO’s Advancement offices on the Athens, Ohio and/or Dublin, Ohio campuses and will be willing to travel to the Athens, Ohio, campus regularly (two to four times a month) for business meetings as well as for special events and/or donor visits. Additionally, the option for flexwork (including work from home) several days a week will be available.
– 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.

Salary and Benefits:
The target hiring range for this position is $68,299 to $80,252. The full range for pay grade 19 is $68,299 to $117,127. Salary is 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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