The Ohio State University — Director of Development, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Salary Range: $70,000-$85,000 

**All candidates must submit resume, cover letter, and the requested diversity statement below**
ODI’s objective is to identify, recruit, hire, develop, and retain individuals capable of contributing in meaningful ways to its mission. All prospective applicants/candidates are required to provide a written diversity statement that provides the search committee with a better understanding of their capabilities and personal and professional experiences as they relate to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Thus, prospective applicants/candidates specifically should describe their work with, service to, and/or support of individuals and groups from underrepresented and underserved, diverse communities.

Position Overview
The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and Office of Advancement are seeking an experienced fundraising professional with a passion for higher education, diversity, equity and inclusion and educational access to serve as Director of Development.  ODI is one of the country’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive offices of its kind, providing a home away from home for underrepresented and diverse students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), staff, and students at The Ohio State University for over fifty years.  Founded in 1970, ODI supports the recruitment, retention and success of students, faculty and staff who enhance the diversity of The Ohio State University. If this mission and purpose resonate with you, there is no better place to make an impact as a fundraising leader.  This position reports to the Executive Development Director of Student Life and Success and works in close partnership with the Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.

As a new generation raises its voice calling for a more just, free, and fair world, ODI stands ready to offer solutions learned from a half century of advocating and promoting diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff at The Ohio State University. Through its work with academic units, community partners, corporations, school districts, and national organizations and institutions, ODI undertakes initiatives aimed increasing recruitment, retention, and success of our students, faculty, and staff.

The Director of Development will understand the mission, needs, and value proposition of ODI by building relationships with prospective donors to increase philanthropic support.  Donors, such as alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations, will be identified by listening for opportunities to align their interests and passions with opportunities to contribute to the mission of ODI. The Director of Development will demonstrate confidence in relationship-building with individuals, corporations, and other communities, including those who have not been engaged as prospects by the University. Expansion of the pool of potential prospects is critical, thus discovery work will be expected and required. The ability to travel overnight, and work occasional nights and weekends, is essential.

Highlights of ODI include, but not limited to:

Leadership: Through the thought leadership and vision of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, highly experienced professional staff, and history of exemplary practices, research, and programming, ODI is poised to be the nation’s premier leader and model for the institutional integration of excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education for the 21st century as well as the premier source of diverse talent. The selected individual will maintain a strong working relationship with the Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer and the entire ODI executive team. This position will be based in Hale Hall, where the primary day-to-day functions of ODI occur.

Culture: ODI’s culture embraces its motto of “Inclusive Excellence” and every day we practice and model how diversity enhances the learning experience by exposing and challenging us to consider, weigh and value the thoughts, experiences, and practices of others different from ourselves. In short, ODI believes that brilliant minds come from all zip codes. Its leadership and staff are action- and outcome oriented. Both partnerships and collaborations are critical to its mission and are actively pursued across the university and beyond.  People:  Working in Hale Hall is like working in the halls of the United Nations. ODI’s leaders, staff, faculty fellows, and students reflect the complexity and diversity of the world, benefiting the entire Ohio State community. To this end, ODI employs more than 150 individuals, including:

  • Administrative, professional, and support staff in Hale Hall;
  • Young Scholars Program professional staff in Ohio’s nine largest cities (i.e., Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown);
  • Access Collaborative professional staff in Access facility on Columbus’s near East Side;
  • Upward Bound professional staff in both Columbus and Wooster;
  • Part-time student employees;
  • Faculty fellows;
  • Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants; and
  • Postdoctoral Fellows;

Showcase Programs and Initiatives:  18 units are under the umbrella of ODI reaching pre-collegiate and collegiate students, graduate and professional students, faculty, postdocs, and other staff. Two scholarship programs, the Young Scholars Program and the Morrill Scholarship Program, are responsible for over 50 percent of Ohio State’s African American undergraduate student enrollment and over 20 percent of the Latinx.

Our Facilities:  Hale Hall is the home of ODI and is the home away from home for underrepresented, minority, and diverse students enrolled at The Ohio State University.  Hale Hall is Ohio State’s central hub for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Within Hale Hall is the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, which holds one of the nation’s largest and finest collections of artwork that illustrates the Black experience in this country. A recent scoping study for the expansion and renovation of the historic Hale Hall was completed in 2020. Now, in the planning stages, the expansion and renovation project would create a state-of-the-art diversity, equity, and inclusion resource for The Ohio State University.

ODI’s Strategic Roadmap:  In 2020, ODI released a strategic roadmap, aimed at strengthening its mission of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence throughout the university enterprise and beyond. The Roadmap has six core focus areas, which its work is organized, deployed, and evaluated:

  • Support students

Foster student success through skill development as well as our pipeline and signature programs to ensure diverse student recruitment, retention, and development.

  • Diversify faculty

Develop partnerships and tools to help recruit, retain, and build a community of diverse and inclusive faculty.
Support academic units in the recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive community of experts.

  • Develop team

Formalize and implement a people plan that increases collaboration, develops employee skills, and retains talent.
Advance a work culture that enhances efficiency, increases productivity, supports wellness, and promotes professional success.

  • Grow Advancement

Leverage resources to expand engagement, strengthen storytelling and cultivate gifts to fund the mission.
Increase philanthropic support from alumni, corporations, foundations, and partners of ODI.

  • Strengthen Operations

Foster a culture of continuous improvement.
Explore, invest, and train in new hardware and software technologies that will enable us to function effectively in the online and virtual worlds.

  • Champion leadership 

Be exemplars that serve the community at the local, regional, and national levels.
Be a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership. Increase ODI’s thought leadership and advocacy at Ohio State and in higher education.

Position Environment: ODI is a dynamic and fluid work environment. Its work and stakeholders are impacted by the daily news; thus, it must be and is highly responsive and flexible.  Philanthropic support to ODI has never been so critical for immediate and long-term impact for students, faculty, and staff. To that end, ODI’s fundraising goals are necessarily ambitious and attainable, and its leaders and staff are poised to offer time and subject matter expertise to the Director of Development. Further, this position will have daily communication with the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer and will be a member of ODI’s Executive Council.

Performance Objectives 

First Month:
Become familiar with the overall structure, resources, and capabilities of the team. Develop a deeper understanding of the funding of ODI. Build relationships and plans with ODI leadership and central Advancement, including gift planning, corporate relations, donor relations, foundation relations, development communications, and annual giving. Discuss and gain understanding ODI fundraising priorities with the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. Review current ODI donors, existing portfolio, and prospective new donor pipelines.

First 2-3 Months:
Begin to actively fundraise by meeting with existing donors and beginning to qualify prospects and collaborate with the Vice Provost for donor engagement Implement lead new prospect generation and cultivation strategies, engaging appropriate partners, as necessary. Establish solicitation strategies for individual portfolio. Work with development team for best practice solicitation strategies and portfolio assignments. Begin implementation and set dates for solicitation strategies. Outline top fundraising priorities and opportunities for donor support with ODI leaders. Assess stewardship opportunities and identify stewardship plans for ODI donors.

First 12 Months:
Continue building a portfolio of qualified prospects. Move the prospects through the donor engagement process. Continue working with the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer and the rest of the ODI team for donor and prospect meetings. Continue working towards meeting team and individual performance goals/metrics by soliciting and closing major gifts of $100,000 and above.

Experience Requirements:
The selected candidate for this position must have demonstrated success in several areas. At least three years 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) and at least two years of management experience or an equivalent amount of related experience (four years of volunteer leadership or lead worker experience such as oversight responsibility for work assignments, performance, and/or department-level projects)

Desired requirements include:
At least three years of professional fundraising experience raising the highest level of philanthropic gifts at an organization (preferably five or six figures and above); At least three years 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; Demonstrated commitment to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s values of inclusive excellence, collaboration, social justice and equity, respect and civility, and leadership and partnerships.

How to Apply
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