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Director, Advancement, College of Business Administration

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Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Constituent Programs - Kent Campus [100768]

Job Title:

Director, Advancement

Physical Location:

 Kent, OH



Basic Function:

This position is primarily responsible for managing a portfolio of major and leadership gift prospects (capacity $100K to $999) in order to generate private gift support for an assigned area or college. Reports designated supervisor.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Develop and implement cultivation strategies in consultation with other professional development staff for generating private financial support based on assigned area’s goals and objectives.

Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects for major and leadership gifts.

Assist in the University’s capital campaign; cultivate and solicit individuals within Ohio and in nationally assigned regions.

Recruit and train volunteers to assist with fundraising efforts at the special gifts and annual giving levels.

Serve as liaison between assigned area and Institutional Advancement regarding prospect activity.

Manage major donor prospects, focusing on individual donors and coordinating with Corporate and Foundation Relations staff on corporate and foundation donors.

May assist in planning and developing special projects relative to interests of prospects.

May develop and coordinate marketing efforts to target key constituency groups; may oversee development of advertising media and conduct special promotional events.

Provide development support to assigned college Dean/Director, faculty and staff as required.

Serve on various campus and community committees, task forces, councils, etc.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field and three to four years progressively responsible fundraising and/or sales experience required. Ability and desire to travel and participate in evening and weekend work-related activities are required.


Not applicable.

Knowledge Of:

Business processes in advancement operations, including prospect management and tracking, donor relations, and gift processing *
Functional knowledge of institutional fundraising processes from individuals *
Must possess a broad institutional perspective and have excellent management and planning skills, as well as a proactive style of leadership that encourages teamwork and interaction *

Skill In:

Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communications *
Public relations skills *
Utilizing Microsoft Office Suite and other applicable software *
Organizing information and projects and adhering to deadlines *

Ability To:

Research, cultivate and manage donor relations *
Work independently and as part of a team *
Provide leadership and direction *
Multi-task while managing multiple projects and assignments *
Demonstrated fundraising ability *
Prepare proposals and reports *

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Experience in higher education fundraising.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Light work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent will be required to travel from building to building and off campus frequently.

Working Schedule:

 Non-traditional hours to include evenings and weekends as needed.

Additional Information:



The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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