Foundation Relations at The Ohio State University has a recently expanded team, fantastic momentum and abundant opportunity. This central service is seeking an Executive Director to maximize the university's potential in securing philanthropic support from local and national foundations. A proven, assertive leader who understands foundation fundraising in higher education and is collaborative and strategic while taking an entrepreneurial approach to foundation relations will rise to the top as an applicant. This position will serve as an integral member of the Vice President of Development's team and position the foundation relations team as a leader amongst the natural university partners for foundations.
This role provides the opportunity to lead a team of seven, be supported in a resource-rich environment and be inspired to action daily by innovation and strategy. The Executive Director will be expected to think in very large picture ways across a complex institution with many layers and moving parts.Leverage tools and resources to elevate the role of Foundation Relations across campus in an effort to maximize foundation giving opportunities.
The Ohio State University recently concluded its But for Ohio State Campaign which raised a record $3 billion 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.
"As we approach the university's 150th birthday, we must re-envision our land-grant role in the modern light of the 21st century." – President Michael V. Drake, MD
The successful candidate will have impeccable knowledge of foundation relations and a proven track record of success in identifying, cultivating and soliciting foundation gifts, preferably in a higher education environment. Applicants must be strong relationship-builders with interpersonal savvy and possess the ability to navigate a complex environment.
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.
How to Apply
Please visit www.advancement.osu.edu to find out more about University Advancement and apply online for job opening number 428189. Questions may be directed to Steph Mizer, Recruitment Manager, at email@example.com.
Bachelor's degree; ten plus years of experience in higher education fundraising, nonprofits or foundation relations; familiarity with central Ohio foundations and philanthropic community; strong track record of identifying the needs of foundation partners and matching them to resources; ability to work a flexible schedule to include occasion evenings, weekends and travel.
Master's degree; experience working in a complex, performance-driven environment, preferably in higher education advancement; successful grant-writing experience; knowledge of The Ohio State University is a strong plus.
Target Salary: $110,000.00 - $125,000.00 Annually
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.