Senior Director of Development, Major Giving (College of Engineering)

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Make a lasting impact and help shape the future of Ohio University in this pivotal liaison role serving the Russ College of Engineering. The Senior Director of Development, Major Giving will have the rare opportunity to collaborate with a new dean and president while simultaneously being a key part of the early planning phases of the next campaign. Russ College received one of the largest gifts to a public engineering college setting the stage for fundraising activities with generous and engaged alumni. This is an outstanding opportunity to be a part of a dynamic team focused on advancing the mission of Ohio University and the Russ College of Engineering!

General position overview:
The Senior Director of Development will serve as the chief major gifts officer on behalf of assigned Ohio University 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 the dean, 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 Corporate and Foundation Relations, Gift Planning, Annual Giving, and other Development teams 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 colleges/units; serve as liaison between the faculty, staff, students and potential supporters (individuals, corporations and foundations); and manage relationships with 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 chief development officer and Advancement strategist 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, cultivate and manage relationships with constituents who 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 corporate and foundation relations, 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. Develop, oversee, and support the implementation of cultivation activities for prospects and donors. Initiate, develop and coordinate delivery of proposals to prospective supporters. (20% of time)
5. Manage relationships 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 Senior Director may supervise a small number of FTE’s doing similar work.

– 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 Senior Director will work from the Athens, Ohio campus and may have the option to participate in the unit’s hybrid approach, upon approval.
– The incumbent 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 6 years experience in fundraising, development, sales, business development, or related

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

Preferred Qualifications:
-Master’s degree

-Preference will be given to candidates with at least two years of supervisory experience.

Salary and Benefits:
The full salary range for pay grade 20 is $80,593 to $138,208. The target hiring salary for this position is $80,593 to $94,697. 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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