Director of Development

The University of Akron
Ohio, United States
$70,000.00 - $70,000.00
May 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Akron (UA), Department of Development is seeking to fill the position of Director of Development.


  • Directing the fundraising activities targeted at individuals, corporations and foundations to broaden the base of funding sources for specific departments/colleges at UA
  • Identifying and soliciting prospective donors for the assigned college or program
  • Developing fundraising strategies for generating money from individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Traveling to meet with prospective donors
  • Writing a variety of documents related to fund raising initiatives; producing solicitation materials, informational brochures and documents for the purpose of motivating donors
  • Establishing annual and long-range fundraising goals and objectives
  • Attending meetings with University administration, community organizations, foundations, and business leaders to garner support for department/college programs
  • Planning and organizing meetings related to fundraising events

Required Qualifications:

  • Relevant Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in fundraising
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, marketing and sales skills
  • Ability to work with internal and external constituents
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to handle confidential materials

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Higher education experience
  • Previous management or marketing experience
  • General knowledge of tax laws related to giving and planned giving options

About University of Akron:

As one of the largest employers in the region, The University of Akron is creating a community and workforce committed to making a difference in the lives of our students and in the region. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package to qualified candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists, and leaders.



The salary range for this position starts at $70,000 annually and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package.

                                                      Application Deadline:

Open until filled, however, review of applicants will begin June 17, 2021.

For complete position details, visit

Job ID # 12907

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (

The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at