Director, Stewardship & Constituent Engagement (College of Vet Med)

  • Full Time
  • Columbus, OH
  • Salary Range (Optional but highly recommended to increase equity in the workplace): $62,700-$83,600

The Ohio State University

The Director, Stewardship & Constituent Engagement (Director) oversees all donor relations and stewardship functions for the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) and establishes and ensures development and implementation of a comprehensive donor recognition plan for the college with the goal of driving donor satisfaction and continued giving.

The Director reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and oversees an Assistant Director as part of a dynamic, growing CVM Advancement team. The position provides oversight of alumni engagement, helping to set immediate and long-range strategies for engaging and building relationships with the college’s alumni and current students. There is a strong emphasis on collaboration with university and college partners on individualized stewardship plans that deepen relationships with principal gift donors. Responsibilities also include working closely with the college’s finance leader and other senior leadership to ensure fiscal stewardship of all college development funds. As part of the college’s Advancement leadership team, the Director contributes to setting goals, defining priorities and carrying out short- and long-term plans and special projects that focus on advancing the College.

The ideal candidate for this role will be a strategic and critical thinker and demonstrate high proficiency and comfort level in the following areas:  data and analytics, writing, creative thinking, customer service and ability to work with a diverse population. They will have experience building collaborative relationships and strong communication skills. The role is best suited for someone who enjoys working in a fast-paced team setting and of course understands the love people have for animals. This position and its team are located on the Columbus, Ohio campus. Occasional evening/weekend work and minimal overnight travel are required. A flexible schedule, including remote work, will be mutually agreed upon with the Chief Advancement Officer.

All members of Advancement are part of creating an inclusive culture that inspires an exceptionally diverse and talented team and are measured on their adherence to the following core competencies:  leadership, continuous improvement, teamwork and collaboration, and communication/interpersonal effectiveness.

Department Overview

The College of Veterinary Medicine aims to be the model comprehensive college of veterinary medicine in the world, impacting animal and human health through innovation, collaboration and excellence. Over the next five years, our already high-performing college will shift toward a new educational paradigm that bolsters innovative learning, sets a new standard of clinical care, ignites research that crosses college and disciplines, and inspires outreach that makes a difference in our community and around the globe.


40% Donor engagement/stewardship strategy and planning

Works with the CVM advancement team, central advancement, and college leadership to direct strategy and create a comprehensive stewardship plan for all donors tiered to impact level. Participates in all aspects of CVM principal gift stewardship planning and strategy. Manages a primary and secondary portfolio of donors for stewardship purposes. Tracks and coordinates development officer stewardship visits at the $250,000 level and above. Actively visits and/or corresponds with donors for stewardship purposes where primary plan management dictates. Ensures implementation of stewardship projects when delegated or in partnership with communications and development staff.

Hires, trains, and supervises staff; establishes and monitors goals; provides performance feedback and coaching; supports professional development; completes annual performance management procedures; manages performance issues. Responsible for using independent, consistent and fair judgement in exercising authority, develops procedures, assigns and prioritizes work, and ensures that the resources needed to accomplish work are provided.

35% Donor Recognition and Acknowledgment

Oversees all donor acknowledgement, engagement, recognition, and reporting initiatives, including overseeing all impact and endowment reporting, small recognition events, and creation of custom impact pieces for donors. Provides input and support for the execution and vision for annual large signature stewardship event, Evening of Gratitude. Ensures that all of the programming for stewardship and donor relations is executed in a creative and strategic way. Works collaboratively with development officers in creating individualized stewardship plans and works in partnership with advancement colleagues to implement communication around transformational gift recognition. Creates opportunities for donors to experience and monitor the impact of their philanthropy and creates of custom impact pieces for donors. Ensures that all of the programming for stewardship and donor relations is executed in a creative and strategic way. Supervises the college’s gift acknowledgement processes and serves as the main contact with central Advancement as it pertains to capital projects and naming initiatives.

20% Fund Management and Supervision

Serves as the senior team member charged with the management and supervision of all endowment and current use funds in the CVM. Partners with central Advancement and works closely with the college’s lead finance officer and college leadership to steward development funds at the leadership level as well as the department level and review funds on a regular basis. Provides any needed oversight of scholarship funds. Oversees financial stewardship of all major gifts to the college including gift agreement and endowment administration, annual fund audits, financial reporting, and analysis of data to create, develop and implement fund management strategy.

5% Other

Completes special projects and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education/experience
  • 3 years of experience in stewardship, donor relations, or related field
  • 3 years of planning and implementing programs
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing communications and marketing plans

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in higher education and/or healthcare fundraising and/or stewardship
  • 1 year of management experience

The Office of Advancement is committed to active allyship in addressing and dismantling the inequities created by systemic racism and implicit, long-held bias. We pledge to:

  • Act with kindness, respect, and integrity at all times
  • Trust ourselves and our colleagues and empower their whole identities
  • Hear and see our colleagues’ ideas, voices, and perspectives, acknowledging that we are better together

The targeted hiring range for this position is $62,700-$83,600.

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the Equal Employment Identification form.

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