Director of Development, Wexner Medical Center

Job title: Director of Development, Wexner Medical Center
Organization: The Ohio State University
Location: Columbus, Ohio

Job Description

Joining the development team of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center means beginning your immersion into stories of transformational science and medicine on your first day.  It means partnering with physicians, donors, prospects, volunteers and staff who share a passion to advance clinical and research efforts in cardiovascular health.  And it means building relationships that will significantly impact research, patient/family care and you, too.

Our culture is one with a sense of urgency, high-energy and high-engagement, supportive of innovation and demanding collaboration.  We are growing as we take one campaign across the finish line and look to launch the next.  Strong, experienced fundraisers are needed to take the leap and join our hard-working development team.  The benefits of working for The Ohio State University are unparalleled and Columbus, Ohio tops the charts as a diverse, smart, safe, fun and growing city.

More About the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a multidisciplinary academic medical center located in Columbus, Ohio, United States, on the main campus of The Ohio State University (OSU). It is considered one of the finest and best hospitals in the United States.  It is consistently ranked one of “America’s Best” by U.S. News & World Report in several specialties.

Why Join Ohio State Advancement Now?
With the recent completion of a record-setting But for Ohio State campaign raising over $3 billion, with $155 million raised by the College, this experienced development officer will be on the ground floor of planning the next campaign and in celebrating the university’s 150th birthday.  The time is optimal to join this goal-oriented team as an experienced and motivating leader who enjoys mentoring development officers as well as interacting with deans and faculty to align goals and objectives in conjunction with a new strategic plan for the University, College and Advancement.

“As we approach the university’s 150th birthday, we must re-envision our land-grant role in the modern light of the 21st century.” – President Michael V. Drake, MD

General Expectations for the role:
During first 3 months

  • Get to know the team individually and as a group. Work with the team to identify advancement priorities and how to achieve them.
  • Build relationships and plans with Advancement partners such as gift planning, corporate relations, donor relations, foundation relations, development communications, and annual giving.
  • Build relationships with internal partners such as the Industry Liaison Office, Technology Commercialization Office and Corporate Engagement Office.
  • Establish rapport with Heart and Vascular Center academic leaders, prospects, donors and volunteers.
  • Begin discovery/qualifications work towards meeting performance goals/metrics.

During first 3-6 months

  • Implement lead generation and cultivation strategies.
  • Establish solicitation strategies for individual portfolio.
  • Work with development team for best practice solicitation strategies and portfolio assignments.
  • Begin implementation and set dates for solicitation strategies.

During first 6-12 months

  • Begin implementation and set dates for solicitation strategies.
  • Continue work towards meeting team and individual performance goals/metrics.

Experience Requirements

The baseline of experience we are seeking is at least three years of professional fundraising experience or professional transferable experience (i.e. managing relationships, client relationships and other sales-related activities)

Experience working closely with high-level executives, physicians and donors will allow you to hit the ground running in building the vital relationships you will need to be successful

At least three years of professional fundraising experience raising the highest level of philanthropic gifts at an organization (five or six figures and above) would be preferred and it would help you hit the ground running if that experience occurred in higher education or a hospital/health care environment

Lastly, experience working in other advancement departments such as donor relations and stewardship, donor communications and/or alumni relations is desired

If you have experience fundraising in a complex research university, you’re ahead of the game.

To apply, please visit:

Also, please visit to learn more about the Ohio State University Office of Advancement. Questions may be directed to Steph Mizer, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition and Management,

Closing Statement
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.