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Executive Director of Development Major Giving Dublin

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Major Gifts

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4 Year Degree

The Executive Director of Development for Major Giving is responsible for the overall management of a section of University Advancement’s major giving program and will lead by utilizing best practices for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing guidance, oversight and strategic direction to major gift officers in the major giving program in order to achieve fundraising objectives and goals as defined by University Advancement and the colleges/units supported by University Advancement. The incumbent will manage travel and events in key development markets through collaboration with the other Executive Directors.

Essential Functions:

1. Manage, train and direct the work load of major gift officers based on priorities and goals that coincide with strategic plans. This will require working closely with University Advancement’s Organizational Giving office, Planned Giving office, Annual Giving office, additional Major Giving colleagues, and Donor Relations on strategies for donors related to those gift vehicles or gift stewardship activities. (40%)

2. Collaborate with other Executive Director colleagues to manage key development markets identified by University Advancement leadership. This includes managing travel calendars for major gift officers and planning ongoing activity on behalf of Ohio University in order to increase the number and size of gifts. (20%)

3. Serve as a chief strategist for the major giving program. Apply critical analysis to fundraising objectives to determine when, how and whether to proceed, changing strategy when needed with the ultimate goal of increasing support and building the major giving pipeline. Work with University leadership and volunteers on the role they play in fundraising activities. (20%)

4. Build a qualified prospect base to develop the major giving pipeline. Engage and solicit major gift donors at a level established by Development Leadership. Raise roughly $750,000 and conduct 50 visits annually. (20%)

Successful candidate must be a self-motivated person with a willingness and ability to travel.

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university required.

At least eight (8) years of fundraising or sales experience in identifying, cultivating and soliciting constituents or demonstrable experience in securing major gifts for non-profits.

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

At least four (4) years of management experience supervising professional staff.


Additional Salary Information:

Commensurate with experience. Employees also enjoy a generous benefits package which includes health benefits, paid time off, and education benefits for employees and eligible dependents.

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