Director of Development

Website The Buckeye Ranch

Introduction to The Buckeye Ranch
The Buckeye Ranch restores hope and provides healing through a comprehensive continuum of care including mental health treatment, child welfare, and education-based services for children, youth, and their families.

Founded in 1961, The Buckeye Ranch is a leading provider for emotional, behavioral, and mental health care for youth and families in Ohio. The Buckeye Ranch operates six locations throughout Central and Southwestern Ohio and serves more than 2,500 youth and families each day. The organization utilizes a continuum of tailored programs to meet parents and youth where they are.

Throughout all programs, The Buckeye Ranch practices four core pillars of quality care—trauma-informed, strength-based, culturally competent, and family-centered—and upholds an enduring commitment to strength and healing.

The Opportunity
The Buckeye Ranch seeks a strategic, experienced leader to oversee the growth and evolution of the organization’s fund-development strategies. With extraordinary opportunities and a network of longtime, committed donors, The Buckeye Ranch is poised to grow the base of philanthropic support to serve youth and families’ mental and behavioral health needs. The new director will have a passion for the health and well-being of youth and families in our community and the supporters who make the work possible. As a member of the Executive Team, the Director of Development will collaborate with colleagues to identify opportunities for philanthropic investment that will further the impact and reach of The Buckeye Ranch.

Key Position Functions

  • Employee Management and Development
  • Fund-development Strategy
  • Development and Fundraising Tactics
  • Donor Engagement and Stewardship
  • Development Events
  • Development Operations
  • Board and Volunteer Engagement
  • Development Communications

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience
  • Staff-supervision experience
  • Proficiency with computer programs necessary to complete above tasks including Microsoft Office applications, CRM (Raiser’s Edge NXT preferred)
  • Driver’s license and reliable access to functioning vehicle with appropriate insurance coverage

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in business development, sales, relationship building, contract management, and/or special events

Salary and Benefits
The Buckeye Ranch is pleased to offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for this position. The expected minimum starting salary for this position is $95,000, commensurate with experience.

Application Process
Benefactor Group is pleased to be assisting The Buckeye Ranch with this executive search. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. All applications are considered highly confidential. To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Benefactor Group Recruitment Team

[email protected]

Please do not contact The Buckeye Ranch staff or board with questions or interest in the role. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Benefactor Group.

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