Chartered in 1804, Ohio University is the state’s first institution of higher education and one of America’s oldest public universities. Ohio University is known for its nationally ranked academic programs, its strong commitment to the liberal arts, and the quality of its faculty and their effectiveness in helping students of all backgrounds to achieve their promise. Ohio University is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for every member of the Bobcat community. OHIO’s, 5 C values – community, character, civility, citizenship, and commitment – exhibit how diversity in all of its forms enriches the distinct educational experience of OHIO students. The university’s success in developing student potential owes to the richness of student-faculty engagement and the synergistic relationships between the exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs on its main campus in Athens, Ohio, five regional campuses, and three extension campuses. Collectively, the full-time, part-time, and continuing education enrollment for Ohio University is nearly 40,000. The city of Athens has a population of 25,000 and is located in southeastern Ohio along the Hocking River with abundant outdoor recreation opportunities nearby and a culturally rich college town atmosphere.
At Ohio University, the Division of University Advancement is made up of roughly 100 staff in seven departmental units: Advancement Administration, Advancement Communication and Marketing, Advancement Services, Alumni Association, Central Programs, Development, and The Ohio University Foundation Accounting Office. Together, these units build and strengthen the University’s relationship with all of those important in the life of the institution by connecting students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, and the community. They also serve as the active support system for both the Ohio University Alumni Association and The Ohio University Foundation. Ohio University has more than 250,000 alumni living throughout the world. Graduates of Ohio University have a national presence through a network of 31 regional alumni chapters and 23 alumni societies affiliated with colleges, schools and other special interests. University Advancement works diligently to secure the private support that makes excellence possible by telling the University’s stories and communicating its mission across the state, the nation, and the world.
The Assistant Director for Regional Development & Engagement will broaden and deepen alumni and constituent engagement with Ohio University by developing more purposeful, meaningful, impactful and mutually beneficial relationships, serving as an official liaison between the university and the Dallas, Texas US region. The successful candidate will advance the mission of Ohio University by developing, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of personal engagement and financial commitment of alumni and friends within the region. This Assistant Director will also serve as a leadership annual giving officer by identifying potential annual gift donors and developing an annual gifts pipeline to build a qualified prospect base for the University. They will provide exceptional customer service to and assist alumni volunteers with leadership and training, best practices and established processes. The work of this position will be directed by the Central Programs and Alumni Relations Assistant Vice Presidents and will require frequent travel to the main campus in Athens, Ohio. This position will be based independently in the Dallas, Texas US region and will be responsible for travel within the Southwestern US regions.
Primary Accountabilities: 1. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward alumni and friends that reside in the Dallas, Texas US region for annual gifts in support of the programs and divisions of the University. Initiate first alumni contact to expand the donor base of existing and potential annual gift donors. 45 % of Time 2. Coordinate effective engagement and cultivation strategies, opportunities and trends that focus on the University’s alumni, donors, constituents and friends within the Dallas, Texas US region. Develop and grow a greater Ohio University presence within the region. Collaborate with the Alumni Relations Office to design and implement effective alumni services, programs, young alumni programs, signature events, training and oversight requisite materials to maximize alumni engagement nationally. 40 % of Time 3. Consult and collaborate with University Advancement staff as needed to engage, cultivate, solicit and steward constituents for annual gifts for the University and/or transition the constituent to major giving colleagues for prospect management. 15 % of Time Successful candidate must be available to work evenings and weekends as required.
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university required.
At least 2 years of customer/client relations/sales, volunteer management and/or institutional advancement experience.
Superior interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
**An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.
Additional Salary Information: Please find the full pay structure at the following link. https://www.ohio.edu/hr/compensation-pay/pay-structures/classified-and-administrative-pay-structure.
Employees enjoy a generous benefits package such as paid holidays, sick time, personal time, a tuition waiver up to 100% for self and dependents, a comprehensive insurance package (including but not limited to prescription, vision, dental, and life insurance), an excellent retirement plan with up to a 14% company contribution, a 12-week parental leave program, adoption reimbursement, transgender care, flextime and flexplace policies, counseling and mental health care, access to professional development programs, a referral bonus, and more. Additional information is available at https://www.ohio.edu/hr/benefits.
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Ohio University is Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.