Director of Development, Department of AthleticsThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OHPosition OverviewThe Ohio State Department of Athletics is seeking an experienced athletics fundraiser to secure major gifts in support of the department’s and university’s mission. Excitement is building for our new master plan for the Athletics District and the Director of Development will play a key role on the team that brings it to fruition. Reporting to the Senior Associate Athletics Director, the Director of Development will bring a proven track record of building strong relationships with athletics donors and raising major gifts on behalf of a large athletic department. A creative, aggressive and collaborative fundraiser who wants to be part of something truly special in a unique environment is encouraged to bring their professionalism, energy and enthusiasm to this role.Performance Objectives:During the first 3-6 months:•Build trusting relationships with athletics and advancement colleagues as well as athletics leadership, prospects, donors and volunteers.•Learn the department’s vision and master plan.•Develop and implement lead generation strategies to identify major gift prospects.•Begin work towards meeting performance goals/metrics. Annual fundraising goals will eventually target the following in order to raise annual dollar goals (to be determined): 120 prospect and donor meetings; 12 major gifts solicitations ($100,000 and above). During the first 6-12 months:•Implement lead generation and cultivation strategies.•Establish and implement major gift solicitation strategies for portfolio.•Establish stewardship strategies to acknowledge and recognize donors.Organizational Overview:Nationally recognized as the most comprehensive college athletics programs, Ohio State boasts over 1,000 student athletes in 36 intercollegiate sports. Under the leadership and direction of Gene Smith, the whole of our athletics success starts with success of the individual parts. This fundraising role exists to help ensure that our programs and facilities are of championship caliber.“I am passionate about college athletics as it provides access to higher education to young women and men with God-given academic and athletic talents, many of whom are first generation. There is perhaps no greater training ground than college athletics for success in life.” – Gene Smith, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics DirectorRequirements:The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years of successful experience in major gift fundraising ($25,000 asks and above). Experience in athletics fundraising is preferred. Applicants must be strong relationship-builders with interpersonal savvy and possess the ability to navigate a complex, high-performing environment. Candidates should be a highly motivated self-starters who can travel (often overnight) approximately 50% of the time. You Need To KnowAside 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. Recently awarded a $50 million Smart City Challenge grant that’s turned into a $500 million public-private transportation investment, Columbus is the 14th largest city in the country and is ranked as a top 10 city to start a new career by Time. Smart is just the start! Experience Columbus here: https://hr.osu.edu/careers/.How to ApplyPlease visit www.advancement.osu.edu to find out more about University Advancement and apply online http://osujoblinks.com/yinp. Questions may be directed to Steph Mizer, Recruitment Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.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.