The Associate Director of Development will understand the mission, needs and value proposition of the university and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and build relationships with prospective donors to increase philanthropic support. Donors such as alumni and friends will be identified by listening for opportunities to align their interests and passions with opportunities to donate to the college including Ohio State University Extension.
The aim of the role is to actively manage a portfolio of prospective donors to be asked for gifts of $50,000 and above. Preparation for the “ask” will include creative and strategic utilization of resources to determine the prospective donor’s capacity for giving, build their interest, raise their sights, sustain their engagement and obtain a gift. Success in the position will be guided by annual metrics such as number of monthly meetings, number of gift commitments, and dollars raised.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education/experience; At least one year of professional fundraising experience or professional transferable experience (i.e. managing relationships with required measurable output, making calls, conducting face-to-face appointments, creating and presenting proposals, and other fundamental elements of client relationship or sales-related activities).
At least one year of professional fundraising experience raising the highest level of philanthropic gifts at an organization (preferably five or six figures and above); At least one year of professional fundraising experience in higher education or a hospital/health care environment; Experience working in other advancement departments such as donor relations and stewardship, donor communications and/or alumni relations