University Libraries at The Ohio State University is seeking an accomplished fundraiser to help fulfill its strategic plan developed under a new, visionary leader. Reporting jointly to the Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries and the Assistant Vice President of Development, the Senior Director of Development will be a true development partner with the Libraries team. Libraries leadership sees enormous resource development/fundraising potential which has created a sense of urgency and readiness to grow its development success.
Building Partnerships: Charged with supporting the research, teaching and learning needs of students and scholars, University Libraries' focus on learning and cultural heritage provides a broad set of opportunities and ideas to excite potential donors. Understanding these opportunities and building strong internal relationships with the Libraries team and friends of the library system will be goal number one of this position.
Collaborative Thinking, Creativity and Leadership: The vital importance of relationship-building in this role carries across the university. The Senior Director of Development will be the sole fundraiser for University Libraries. As such, it will serve as an advocate for the unit and capitalize on abundant central resources such as prospect development, estate and gift planning, principal gifts, annual giving, foundation relations and stewardship/donor relations. Thinking creatively on how to utilize these resources as well as partner with other fundraising units will lead to the greatest success.
Raising Sights: University Libraries currently raises $2-4 million annually. The goal of this position is to double that figure over the next few years. A solid portfolio will be inherited with tremendous opportunity to grow its strength.
University Libraries is composed of 15 libraries on the Columbus campus, archives and special collections. Special collections include the nationally recognized Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program and the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute.
The Ohio State University recently concluded its But for Ohio State Campaign which raised a record $3B to support five priorities: placing students first, elevating faculty and the academic enterprise, creating modern learning environments, emboldening the research agenda and driving high-impact innovation. Looking towards the future, the university's 2020 Vision establishes three key pillars for the future: 1) access, affordability and excellence; 2) community engagement; and 3) diversity and inclusion.
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Aside from the unparalleled benefits of working for The Ohio State University and working in the diverse, smart, safe, fun and growing city of Columbus, Ohio, this opportunity will provide exceptional rewards that arise from working for a land grant institution where you will truly feel the impact of your work. Learn more here: https://hr.osu.edu/careers/.
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.
While this position is listed as a Senior Director of Development, the classification may change to Director of Development depending on the candidates' level of experience. As such, the starting salary shall be negotiable and commensurate with the selected candidate's qualifications and experience. Both experience levels are encouraged to apply. A minimum of three year of fundraising experience (raising $25,000+ gifts) is required for the Director of Development while a minimum of six years of fundraising experience (raising $100,000+ gifts) is required for the Senior Director of Development.
The successful applicant will be a strong relationship-builder with interpersonal savvy and the ability to navigate a complex environment. Candidates should be self-motivated, natural collaborators who are energized by partnerships, creativity and donor-centric fundraising. Preference will be given to candidates with fundraising experience in higher-education.
Target Salary: Negotiable
Job Category: Administrative and Professional
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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.
The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.