Position Title: Senior Executive Director, University Campaigns
Reports To: Vice President for Development & Institutional Advancement
FLSA Status (exempt or non-exempt): Full Time, Exempt
The Senior Executive Director, University Campaigns, in cooperation with the University development
staff, the Board of Trustees and volunteers, will be primarily responsible for all aspects of the planning
and implementation of major and/or special project campaigns that require oversight and
management for a defined purpose and period of time. In addition, the Executive Director will be
expected to identify, cultivate, educate, involve, solicit and maintain ongoing relationships with a group
of assigned prospects for annual and ongoing support ofthe University.
The Senior Executive Director will also provide leadership and management of major gift officers,
prospect research and management as well as the university grants and sponsored programs division.
Essential Position Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist the University in evaluating its fund raising objectives and potential for major and special
project campaigns by working with the Vice President for Development and Institutional
Advancement during the internal planning process.
• Manage the areas of Major Gifts, Prospect Research and Management and the University Grants
• Develop the Master Campaign plans and all Division plans in support of the volunteers and
manage all phases and divisions of the campaigns/special projects.
• Monitor and update the campaign plan and prepare regular progress reports.
• Identify and participate in the recruitment of leadership and other volunteers for the Campaign
Planning Committees, Campaign Steering Committees, Division leaders and other volunteers.
• Prepare the appropriate job descriptions, timelines, acknowledgement letters/programs,
invitations, brochures, articles, newsletters, etc. to promote and report on the
• Provide training and support for all volunteers and involve other staff members in the activities
of the Divisions and the overall campaigns.
• Work with board members, donors, administration, faculty members, university staff,
volunteers, alumni and the general public to successfully complete all campaigns and projects.
• Solicit or participate in the solicitation of selected leadership gifts prospects, including
individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations.
• Prepare for and attend all campaign committee meetings and appropriate University/Trustees
• Meet regularly with the President of the University, the Vice President for Development and
Institutional Advancement and the development staff to coordinate campaign/project plans and
activities and to strategize for maximum giving.
• Develop and oversee comprehensive donor relations and major donor recognition programs for
all campaigns and special projects.
• Outside the campaign/special project activities, participate in the identification, cultivation,
education, solicitation, recognition and reporting on other prospects and donors in support of
the Annual Fund and other ongoing support programs at the University.
• Participate in the activities and events sponsored by the office of development and institutional
advancement and support alumni events, and other development staff members in the
execution of their duties.
• Establish and maintain relationships with an assigned group of prospects and donors regardless
of their potential to support a current campaign or special project.
• Serve as a spokesperson and represent the University to external agencies, organizations and
constituencies when requested and/or appropriate.
• Develop and manage an annual budget for the Campaign Office and other campaign and special
projects budget, as appropriate.
• Assume all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President for Development
and Institutional Advancement.
Position Requirements -Identify Essential and/or Preferred Requirements
• Bachelor's degree required
• Eight years development experience, preferably in higher education
• Demonstrated track record of success in meeting fund raising goals
• Capital fund raising and major gift campaign experience is required, preferably with an
institution of higher education.
• Possess experience in directing or conducting personal solicitations of major gifts in the
$100,000 to $10,000,000 range.
• Demonstrated managerial and leadership experience working with staff.
• Have excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, critical-thinking, qualitative and
• Have a working knowledge of planned or deferred gift vehicles.
• Possess strong organizational and teamwork skills and demonstrate success in managing
and directing volunteers.
• Demonstrate a strong sense of leadership with the ability and interest to lead a
professional team through the planning process and execution of successful fund raising
• Possess a working knowledge of computer and data management systems to effectively
support the development programs and, specifically, future campaigns and special
Applicants should submit letter of interest and resume to Lori Byron, Office Manager, Development Office, Ashland University, 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805 or email@example.com.
• Flexibility, self-confidence, and excellent interpersonal and management skills are
necessary to succeed in this position and to effectively increase the University's impact
on the region's educational needs.
• Demonstrate a deep commitment to the mission of Ashland University and possess the
ability to broadly represent it.
• Be of impeccable integrity coupled with a strong work ethic.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
• Ability to travel (car/plane)
• Ability to work evenings and weekends