Director, Advancement

Job title: Director, Advancement
Organization: Kent State University

Job Description

(College of Communication and Information)

The Director of Advancement position is primarily responsible for managing a portfolio of major and leadership gift prospects in order to generate private gift support for the College of Communication and Information (CCI).  CCI is the only college in the nation that offers degree programs from five distinct but interrelated fields of study – media, design, communication, information and digital technology.

Kent State University was recently ranked in the Top Tier of Best National Universities by U.S. New & World Report.  Kent offers a competitive compensation package, great benefits, and an excellent Wellness program.

The essential functions of this position are:

    • 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field required 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.

Application Process:  Please apply online at; include a resume and cover letter.  You will find additional information about the division and a list of current open positions in Institutional Advancement, by visiting our website:

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