Director of Development

525 S. Main Street
Ada 45810
Start Date: 08/01/2017
Hours Per Week: Full Time

Contact: Ron Guisinger -
Last Updated: 07/20/2017
Expiration Date: 08/31/2017

Job Description:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Director of Development (Director) is a member of the development team. The Director is responsible for devising and executing a comprehensive major gift fundraising plan to maximize charitable support for the University and the designated college to which s/he is assigned through the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift prospects. Several of the chief tasks include maintaining a portfolio of prospects, contacting donors, developing and promoting programs, and effectively managing data.

The new Director of Development will:

  • be an ambitious and dynamic development professional who is dedicated to building a strong major gift and philanthropic culture throughout his/her designated college;
  • have a successful history of closing major gifts, and identifying, attracting, and adding new donors;
  • partner with the Vice President and Dean of the assigned college on matters including the establishment and implementation of all of the major gifts fundraising strategies, plans, and goals;
  • support, assist, and partner with other development staff and institutional leaders;
  • demonstrate effective strategic skills to connect and engage alumni, faculty, donors, and local and national philanthropists in major gift opportunities;
  • be creative, innovative, and have a strong background in fundraising while working collaboratively; and
  • have a passion for the impact that ONU can have on students, alumni, and the community.

Qualification Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field
  • Significant experience (five+ years) in fund development functions
  • Experience in engaging constituencies and working with volunteers
  • Record of developing and implementing effective fund development plans and achieving metric-driven goals
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • A valid driver’s license and safe driving record


  • Graduate degree and CFRE are desirable
  • Successful experience at a like-sized higher education institution or complex nonprofit organization

This position requires travel and a willingness to work weekends and evenings as necessary.

Compensation and Benefits

ONU offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including: health insurance (medical, dental, vision); disability and life insurance; medical leave and generous vacation; and educational benefits for employees and their immediate family members.

 Application Process   

Benefactor Group is pleased to be working with Ohio Northern University to identify the Director of Development. The full position profile is available at:

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

Candidates are urged to visit the ONU website at:

ONU is an equal employment opportunity employer. Accordingly, no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, discipline, separation, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

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