Assistant Director of Annual Giving 

Search #1718-0015 

Ohio Wesleyan University is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal arts, residential institution founded in 1842 and is located just 20 miles North of Columbus. The University’s Division of Advancement invites applications for an Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, and partnering with the University Advancement staff, the Assistant Director is responsible for the personal cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of annual gifts specifically relative to athletic donors and parent donors. This position oversees annual fundraising efforts for athletics as well as fundraising and communication efforts for the Parents Fund and OWU Parent Community and management of the Parents Leadership Council.

The successful candidate will communicate the goals and mission of Ohio Wesleyan University to donors, parents, alumni and friends through face-to-face meetings, substantive phone conversations and in writing. The successful candidate must be comfortable soliciting alumni and parents for annual gifts. Some travel required; mostly within Ohio. Occasional attendance at sporting events strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will have experience in annual giving, with a strong emphasis on volunteer management.  The candidate must be collaborative and able to thrive in a team environment. The candidate must adapt to working with alumni, parents, coaches and friends of OWU. Experience working in higher education, athletics program or non-profit institution preferred.


  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward current and potential donors to annual giving programs by engaging prospects in a variety of medias (face-to-face, phone, in writing). A minimum of 75 meetings in addition to extensive phone calls.
  • Develops fundraising goals and strategies to realize both leadership gifts and participation for annual giving programs, specifically athletics and parents.
  • Work in partnership with coaches and alumni relations on athletic alumni reunions; specifically the strategy and execution of solicitations.
  • Provides information and assistance to athletic and parent volunteers to support their peer to peer recruitment, solicitations, and other assignments. Follow up with volunteers to ensure completion of assigned responsibilities.
  • Administers the recruitment, solicitation, training and management of the Parents Leadership Council.
  • Communicates and partners with multiple University departments on outreach to the OWU parent community, including but not limited to the parent newsletter.
  • Works closely in conjunction with research team on identification of parents.
  • Plans and manages parent cultivation activities during University events such as Orientation, Family Weekend, and Commencement, as well as other athletic, art and department events.
  • In partnership with University Athletics, develops fundraising goals, strategies and manages the execution of the annual athletic golf outing; and oversees the recruitment, training, motivation and management of the golf outing volunteers.
  • Collaborate with athletics, major gifts, planned giving, and the alumni relations teams in order to maximize prospect and donor relationships with Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • Functions as a team player within Annual Giving, Development and University Advancement.
  • Effectively communicate results of contacts to appropriate personnel, such as other University Advancement and University staff and utilize Raiser’s Edge to document the call reports and other relevant information about donor and prospect moves management.


Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of two to four (2-4) years of fundraising experience, preferably in the field of higher education in which at least one (1) year included personal solicitation of donors or management of volunteers. Other qualifications include: the ability to travel for occasional personal solicitation and to attend regional events and to work occasionally on weekends and evenings, organize and work with volunteers, strong computer skills, attention to detail, a basic knowledge of athletics, ability to take initiative, excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and a valid drivers' license.

Completed application packets will include:

  1. Cover Letter with salary requirements,
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. The names, titles, & contact information for three professional references.

Please email application materials to:

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. 

Ohio Wesleyan University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and encourages all interested applicants, including women and minorities, to apply (EEOE).