Senior Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 08/18/2023

The University of Akron

Akron, OH

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The University of Akron in the search for a Senior Director of Annual Giving.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Principal Gifts, the Senior Director of Annual Giving will drive the overall strategic direction, management, and growth of The University of Akron’s annual giving program. The Senior Director will lead efforts to support alumni relations outreach through direct response, monthly giving, special campaigns, tribute and memorial, workplace, mid-level giving, and management of the student call center while supporting and advancing key equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in their overall fundraising. The Senior Director will be responsible for an annual revenue goal of at least $1 million.

The University of Akron, a publicly assisted metropolitan institution, strives to develop enlightened members of society. It offers comprehensive programs from associate through doctoral levels; pursues a vigorous agenda of research in the arts, sciences, and professions; and provides service to the community. UA pursues excellence in undergraduate education and distinction in selected areas of graduate instruction, inquiry, and creative activity.

The university attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and geographical locations, with fall semester representation totaling nearly 15,000 students from Ohio, around the U.S., and 70 foreign countries. UA offers a wide variety of in-demand undergraduate and graduate programs, including many that are recognized nationally for their excellence. Courses are also offered across the region and online. Students choose from 200 undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates, including the only aerospace engineering bachelor’s degree program of its kind in the U.S. outside the Air Force, all taught by expert faculty and enhanced by internships and other hands-on learning.

The University of Akron is ranked number one in the world for polymer science and plastics engineering by EudRank, which comes as no surprise considering the world’s first courses in rubber chemistry were offered at the institution beginning in 1909 and the Rubber Technical Institute was established there in 1942. UA’s College of Business is also highly ranked and is among the top 1% in the world offering business degrees that are doubly accredited in business and accounting. It has been named the top undergraduate business school in Northeast Ohio by Poets and Quants and has the number five online MBA program in the U.S. according to One hundred percent of nurse anesthesia students passed the national certification exam on their first attempt in 2022. UA is home to the National Museum of Psychology, the only one of its kind in the U.S. The university also boasts the number two e-sports college program in the U.S. according to The University of Akron is a three-time National School of the Year, awarded by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls for the outstanding achievements of UA residence hall organizations and affiliated groups.

The educational programs, curricula, and activities of The University of Akron reflect its multicultural society and global economy and endeavor to provide opportunities for students to learn more about people that are different from themselves. UA is committed to maintaining a community that recognizes, values, supports, and validates the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among each member of the community; and encourages everyone to strive to reach their fullest potential. It is equally committed to expanding opportunity to include those historically or presently marginalized or excluded.

The University of Akron will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least five years of experience managing a complex direct response program that includes mid-level and sustainer programs is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of The University of Akron as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $95,000 annually.

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