Director (or Associate Director) of Development, Neuroscience Institute

Job title: Director (or Associate Director) of Development, Neuroscience Institute
Organization: The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center
Location: Columbus, Ohio

Job Description

Position Overview
The Neuroscience Institute (NI) at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center is seeking a professional fundraiser to help fulfill its mission under a driven, energetic and innovative leadership team. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development for the NI, the Director of Development will bring a genuinely collaborative and inquisitive nature to this interdependent team. The Institute is a very diverse unit within the Medical Center, reliant on cross-campus partnerships to help it succeed in research, clinical care and education. The NI Development team is built on trust, excitement about the work, compassion and the desire to make a difference every day.

Position Details

Collaboration and Innovation

  • The vital importance of relationship-building in this role lies both with internal and external partnerships.
  • Strong internal relationships will help to capitalize on abundant central resources such as prospect development, estate and gift planning, principal gifts, annual giving, foundation relations and stewardship/donor relations.
  • Thinking creatively on how to utilize these resources and many others in innovative ways will lead to the greatest success with prospects and donors.

Compassion and Drive

  • Fundraising for neuroscience means balancing compassion for patients and their families with a competitive drive to find a cure, improve quality of life and lengthen life.
  • A self-starter who listens well and constantly thinks of perfect ways for donors to invest in the program will do well.
  • A portfolio of prospective donors exists but the Director of Development will be charged with completing a lot of discovery work in order to refine and build their portfolio.

Organizational Overview

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a multidisciplinary academic medical center located in Columbus, Ohio, on the main campus of The Ohio State University.  It is highly unique in that it is one of the few places in the country with seven health science colleges on one campus.  The Neurological Institute was created as a strategically aligned unit to integrate the five neuroscience-related departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neuroscience.  The Institute recently opened a state-of-the-art Brain and Spine Hospital that is already making headlines with its cutting-edge research results. The Institute serves as a hub for research and innovation by providing the infrastructure, resources and cross-disciplinary connectivity with partners across Ohio State, as well as around the world.
Last fall, Ohio State concluded its But for Ohio State Campaign, raising a record $3B. Looking towards the future, the university’s 2020 Vision establishes three key pillars for the future: 1) access, affordability and excellence; 2) community engagement; and 3) diversity and inclusion.


While this position is listed as a Director of Development, the classification may change to Associate Director of Development depending on the candidates’ level of experience. As such, the starting salary shall be negotiable and commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. Both experience levels are encouraged to apply.

  • A minimum of one year of professional fundraising or related persuasive activities such as sales is required for an Associate Director of Development and three years of fundraising experience (raising $25,000+ gifts) is required for a Director of Development.
  • The successful candidate will be a strong relationship-builder with interpersonal savvy and the ability to navigate a large, complex environment.
  • Applicants should be self-motivated, natural collaborators who are energized by partnerships, creativity and donor-centric fundraising.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with fundraising experience in health care and/or higher-education.

You Need To Know

Aside from the unparalleled benefits of working for The Ohio State University and working in the diverse, smart, safe, fun and growing city of Columbus, Ohio, this opportunity will provide exceptional rewards that arise from working for a land grant institution where you will truly feel the impact of your work. Learn more here:

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.

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