Assistant Director of Development, Leadership Annual Giving

Posted on 11/21/2022

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Make a difference and have an immediate impact on Ohio University’s students, faculty, programs, and places by serving as the next Assistant Director of Development, Leadership Annual Giving! From day one, the Assistant Director will develop and build upon the foundational skills and experiences needed for a successful career as an Advancement professional. This position collaborates with multiple college and unit partners across campus, bringing variety to daily work, and will be a part of the dynamic Annual Giving team where creativity and innovation are welcomed and celebrated.

Primary Responsibilities: 

The Assistant Director of Development will focus on building the major gift pipeline through growing and nurturing donors at the leadership annual giving level. Focusing on raising gifts between $1,000 – $4,999 this fundraiser will primarily focus on cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors in and around Ohio. 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 Central Programs and Development staff on strategies for donors related to different gift vehicles; coordinate strategic development events; the development of a major gifts pipeline to build a qualified prospect base for the college/unit and/or projects; serve as liaison between the faculty, staff, students and potential supporters (individuals, corporations and foundations), and the Office of the Vice President for Advancement.

Travel and Work Location: 

University Advancement values in-person collaboration and relationship building and therefore takes a hybrid approach that combines remote and in-office work days. The incumbent will have the option to work from OHIO’s Advancement offices on the Athens, Ohio and/or Dublin, Ohio campuses with regular travel to the Athens, Ohio campus. Exact hybrid/remote work expectations, including onboarding plans, will be negotiated at the time of offer. The Assistant Director must also have the ability and willingness to travel periodically for events and engagements.

Minimum Requirements: 

Ohio University Advancement is searching for a candidate who possess a Bachelor’s degree and at least six months experience in fundraising, Advancement, sales, marketing, or related. We recognize the skills to perform in this position may be obtained through experiences other than those listed, so an equivalent combination of education and related experience will also be considered.


The target hiring range for this position is $40,296 to $45,837. The full range for pay grade 15 is $40,296 to $62,459. Salary is commensurate with education and experience while also considering internal equity. For more information on the pay structure and Pay Administration Guidelines please visit: RELOCATION allowance or SIGN ON BONUS of up to 10% of the base salary may also be available!

Nominations and Applications: 

The position will remain open until filled.

Candidates should be prepared to provide:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing how the position aligns with your career trajectory and a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse environment
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information

To apply, visit: Nominations and inquires can be directed to: Jaci Williford | [email protected] | 740-593-0065

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