Associate Director of Development, Farmer School of Business

Posted on 06/24/2021

Miami University

Oxford, OH

Job Summary

The Division of University Advancement at Miami University is looking for new team members who want to make an impact on the lives and experiences of our students through philanthropy. Miami University is a public university founded in 1809 with over 200,000 alumni and 20,000 enrolled students. With its close proximity to the city of Cincinnati coupled with a nationally recognized excellence in undergraduate education, there is a significant opportunity to increase support from alumni, friends, and partners. Everyone on our team plays a part in achieving this goal. The Farmer School of Business is a top 25 overall undergraduate business school and is ranked third for early career return on investment by Poets & Quants. The school is in the midst of a $250 million capital campaign under the leadership of a new Dean.

The Associate Director of Development, Farmer School of Business will advance the mission of Miami University by planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of personal involvement and financial commitment of alumni and friends. Particular emphasis will be given to strategies seeking philanthropic and volunteer support for the Farmer School of Business. The Associate Director will play a key role in helping the school achieve its fundraising goals.

In alignment with Miami University’s statement on Diversity and Inclusion, University Advancement is committed to and fully embraces the philosophy and belief that a diverse community is among an institution’s greatest strengths. We recognize that every Miamian has a unique story and unfortunately many are marked with challenges and pain based on one or more of their identities. We thus acknowledge the painful and difficult experiences at Miami past and present. We are committed to recognizing and celebrating all Miamians. We aspire to connect Miami with our diverse constituencies and create pathways for current and future Miamians of all backgrounds. We choose to honor Miami University’s holistic approach to and definition of diversity as our guide. This statement is only a part of Advancement’s efforts.

The Division of University Advancement is committed to creating an inclusive work environment where all people feel safe, valued, and respected. To view our full statement including our specific commitments, please visit our website:

Duties/Physical Demands

  • Manage a pool of prospects including alumni and friends. Develop and implement strategies leading to the active cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of these prospects;
  • Serve as one of several departmental fundraisers for the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in addressing their philanthropic and alumni relations objectives;
  • Play a key role in helping the Farmer School of Business achieve its $250 million capital campaign goal;
  • Solicit major gifts and annual leadership gifts;
  • Effect cultivation, solicitation and stewardship calls to alumni and friends independently and occasionally with other staff, faculty, administrators and alumni volunteers;
  • Encourage and coordinate involvement of alumni and friends through campus visits and regional events;
  • Prepare and present departmental and divisional proposals to alumni and friends with the input and assistance of faculty, staff, administrators and deans including proposals involving tax planning; gifts of real estate; personal property; securities; and gifts in wills, trusts, annuities and insurance;
  • Develop and implement service, cultivation, engagement and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects with the support of the Division of University Advancement staff, faculty and administrators;
  • Perform other duties related to the mission of the Office of Development under the guidance of the Associate Vice President for Development and External Relations and the Senior Associate Vice President for the Division of University Advancement.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of experience in development, fundraising, sales, and/or business development (volunteer work may be counted towards this requirement)
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to collaborative approach to fundraising
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Willingness to travel extensively both on a regional and national level

Desired Qualifications

  • Direct fundraising experience
  • Experience working in an educational setting
  • Experience working with a donor database system

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560.

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