Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law seeks and extraordinary, collaborative leader with a passion for higher education to serve as its chief fundraiser and lead partner in advancement strategy. The Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations (Executive Director) will inspire and lead a collaborative, high-performing team and help lift the college to greater heights.
A collegial community of approximately 600 students and more than 50 faculty members, Moritz is known for its rigorous academic program, the pioneering research of its world-class faculty, a deep commitment to teaching and inclusiveness, and the development of future leaders. The college is positioned to maintain a record-breaking fundraising pace of continued growth and upward trajectory in recent years.
The Executive Director will play a pivotal role in maintaining this momentum by leading an innovative, sophisticated, and high-functioning Advancement team. The Executive Director reports directly to both the Assistant Vice President of Development and the Dean.
Core responsibilities of the Executive Director include imagining and implementing creative ways to engage alumni and other law school constituents; increasing awareness, engagement, and philanthropic support; providing strategic guidance and advice to and partnering with the Dean; engaging in direct fundraising of major gifts; and instilling a sense of trust, teamwork, and collaboration through management and leadership of the Advancement team. Successful candidates will be collaborative, open-minded, and team-oriented; value-based, transparent, and data-driven in their approach to decision-making; eminently collegial, trustworthy, and professional; strategic, thoughtful, imaginative, and willing to experiment and think outside the box; deeply value a sense of community; and possess strong judgement and understand the mission, needs, and value proposition of the college.
Position highlights include opportunities to accomplish the following:
Help shape, implement, and finalize the next comprehensive campaign for the college.
Lead a team of fundraisers to identify, cultivate, solicit, and secure major gifts with a personal fundraising emphasis on major and principal gifts.
Enhance the donor relations and stewardship strategy to allow the college to further develop, grow, and sustain an engaged donor network.
Explore new strategies for fundraising, including by deepening annual giving.
Strategically engage alumni in efficient and effective ways with particular focus on developing future philanthropic capacity, adapting programming as society and generations change, and increasing annual support for the college.
Collaborate with the Alumni Association to utilize new tools to segment and strategically reach the college's alumni population.
Partner with the college's marketing and communications team to ensure effective, efficient outreach to a broad base of constituents.
Partner with University Marketing to expand the college's branding initiatives.
Partner with University Communications to build strong relationships with members of the media. In addition to leading the growth of this team, the Executive Director will be a key member of the fundraising leadership team for the university and join a best-in-class Advancement environment that provides the resources, talent, and culture of collaboration to ensure success. The Executive Director likewise will be a key member of the Dean's leadership team.
First 1-3 months
1) Lead in helping shape and implement the college's new comprehensive campaign, including providing strategic advice to the Dean on campaign design and overall fundraising strategy approach 2) Assess the overall structure, approach, resources, etc. of the Advancement team 3) Build positive relationships with key internal faculty, staff, and external stakeholders
First 3-6 months
1) Prepare for FY20 (budget, staffing, fundraising projections, goals, etc.) 2) Help finalize the college's campaign planning 3) Start to actively fundraise
First 12 months
1) Lead the successful launch of the college's campaign as part of the university campaign 2) Positively lead the overall Advancement team while instilling a trusting, team-based, and collaborative culture 3) Continue the fundraising growth of the college
Additional Information for Applicants::
Requirements include the experience and ability to deliver the following results:
Lead and grow a sophisticated, collaborative team, focusing on its success as a unit and the professional development of its individuals.
Build strong relationships with college and Advancement leadership, faculty, alumni, and staff to advance the missions of the college and university.
Maintain the momentum needed to increase fundraising amounts annually.
Work strategically with all internal and external audiences, adjusting as needed to different audiences and different situations.
Increase the percentage of the college's alumni who donate annually and work with the Alumni Association on increasing the university's overall alumni donation rate.
Partner with the Dean and college communications team in their continued efforts at brand strategy overhaul, promotion of faculty work, and enhancing state, national, and international recognition and reputation of the college.
More about the Moritz College of Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is an integral part of one of the world's great educational institutions. Founded in 1891 and consistently the top-ranked law school in the state of Ohio, the Moritz College of Law has grown into one of the nation's pre-eminent public law schools and one of the most respected law schools in the world. Our vision is to be one of the nation's great law schools, a leader in the quality and impact of our teaching, legal scholarship, and public service.
The college's more than 10,000 alumni are central to its national reputation. Graduates include justices of the Supreme Court of Ohio, federal appeals and district court judges, U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, governors, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, professors at law schools across the country, and prominent attorneys in private practice, government service, and public interest law firms.
Our alumni are genuinely interested in engaging with and mentoring today's students. They share a special connection and a desire to help fellow
The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.