Associate Director of Development, Major Giving

  • Full Time
  • Athens, Ohio
  • Salary Range: $58,972 to $98,125

Website Ohio University

Make a difference through philanthropy at Ohio University by serving as the next Associate Director of Development. This position will have the special opportunity to connect with alumni and donors and will serve as a primary liaison working directly with units across campus and their leadership to further the university’s mission. The Associate Director will also work with a team of talented professionals as Advancement plans for the next comprehensive campaign.

General position overview:
The Associate Director of Development will serve as a major gifts officer on behalf of Ohio University for the colleges/units and for University Advancement. The successful candidate will be responsible for the identification of potential major-gift donors; identify and engage regional development markets in collaboration with development colleagues; 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; work closely with University Advancement’s Central Programs and Development offices on strategies for donors related to those gift vehicles; coordinate strategic development events; 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); serve as liaison among the faculty and staff of the assigned unit(s) and/or project(s), and the Office of the Vice President for Advancement.

Primary Responsibilities:
1. Serve as the 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 Central Programs and Development 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 across the division. Unless traveling on university business, staff, including this position, work onsite multiple days per week. The Associate Director will work from the Athens, Ohio campus and may have the option to participate in the unit’s hybrid approach, upon approval.
– The Associate 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

-At least 2 years experience in fundraising, development, or related

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

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for pay grade 18 is $58,972 to $98,125. The salary negotiated at the time of offer will be commensurate with education and experience while also considering internal equity. For more information on compensation, pay structures, and Pay Administration Guidelines please visit: and

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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