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Director of Development

University of Akron
Ohio, United States
$70,000.00 - $70,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 6, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Direct the fund-raising activities targeted at individuals, corporations, and foundations to broaden the base of funding sources for specific departments/colleges of the University.

Identify and solicit prospective donors for the assigned college or program.  Develop fundraising strategies for generating money from individuals, corporations, and foundations.  Travel to meet with prospective donors and donors.

Write a variety of document related to fund raising initiatives.  Produce solicitation materials, informational brochures, and documents for the purpose of motivating donors.

Establish annual and long-range fundraising goals and objectives.

Attend meetings with University administration, community organizations, foundations, and business leaders to garner support for department/college programs.  Plan and organize meetings related to fundraising events.


Required Qualifications

Requires a relevant Bachelor's Degree, valid driver's license and a minimum of 2 years' experience in fundraising or alumni relations, or significant experience working in higher education at the college level preferably reporting to the dean or associate or assistant dean. Strong writing and verbal communication skills, marketing, and sales skills, along with the ability to work with internal and external constituents required. Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle confidential materials required.    


Preferred Qualifications

Previous management and/or marketing experience preferred. General knowledge of tax laws related to giving and planned giving options preferred.


Compensation and Benefits

This position starts at $70,000/year

The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff, contract professionals, and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.


About UA

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.


Application Instructions

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a resume/curriculum vitae and a list of three professional references to your profile. Please include contact information, including email addresses for your professional references.

After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents to your profile under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications.  This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.  A resume/curriculum vitae will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application.  For assistance with your application or attachments please call Judy Casserman, Human Resources at (330) 972-7097.


Application Deadline                            

Review of applicants will begin July 5, 2022.


For complete position details, visit

Job ID # 13550


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


Ohio is State of Residence

It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.

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