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Chief Development Officer

Position Type:

  • Full Time
  • Staff


  • OH-Columbus

Franklin University is seeking an innovative and passionate development executive to serve as its Chief Development Officer.  This individual will lead and enhance the University’s philanthropic efforts at Franklin University and its branch campus, Urbana University.  This is a unique opportunity to enter an environment that is poised for success serving two audiences.

The Chief Development Officer will oversee the teams responsible for engaging the alumni community and personally manage high level relationships for major gifts in both markets.  The ideal candidate will be an alum of either Franklin or Urbana University and have a desire to continue to grow the departments into an enterprise that engages and understands its alumni communities while strengthening relationships and impacting giving.

The Chief Development Officer will be a member of the University’s leadership team and report directly to the Chief of Staff and Sr. Vice President of Administration.  In addition to leading development and alumni relationship management, this executive leader will also be responsible for the following:

  • Provide dynamic and innovative leadership for fundraising efforts. Lead and mentor a growing team at both locations to build the funding base, increase restricted and unrestricted funds, grow student scholarships and ensure internal and external relationships are effectively leveraged.
  • Execute capital campaigns.  Cultivate community and alumni relations to support capital campaigns that directly fund strategic initiatives.  
  • Foster an environment of relationship management and donor stewardship.  Deepen alliances with individuals and organizations to facilitate donor cultivation.
  • Support the President of Franklin University and the CEO of Urbana University in representing the University in the community.  Attend meetings and events and identify potential growth opportunities.  Partner to ensure their effectiveness as chief spokesperson and fundraiser.
  • Manage Executive Board relationships. Present quarterly to the Franklin University Board Communication and Advancement Committee and maintain relationships with the Urbana Foundation and the Urbana Advisory Committee 
  • Oversee an intentional alumni engagement program.  Discover opportunities to engage a diverse network of alumni locally and around the world.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 8-10 years of successful fundraising experience with a comprehensive understanding of all areas of fundraising including major gifts, planned and annual giving and corporate and foundation support.
  • Demonstrated experience working with executives, faculty/staff and Board of Trustees.
  • A record of creative and entrepreneurial leadership.  The desired candidate will be able to mentor and motivate key constituents and encourage change and growth to build a stronger culture of philanthropy.
  • Proven ability to make engaging and inspiring presentations to small and large groups of people.  Talented at communicating, the Chief Development Officer will establish the department as the spokesperson for external affairs and oversee all alumni publications.
  • Solid computer skills, including expertise in Microsoft Programs and an established knowledge of customer relationship management systems.
  • A dynamic and engaging donor centric personality.
  • Experience in workforce development and corporate relations.
  • Practiced in budgeting, resource management and fiscal operations.
  • Strong ethical standards and understanding of need for confidentiality. 

Preferred Characteristics and Additional Responsibilities

  • Master’s Degree
  • Alumni of Franklin University or Urbana University
  • Willingness to work some evening, early morning and weekend hours.  Light travel between the two campuses and surrounding counties needed.

About Franklin University

Founded in 1902, Franklin University has built its reputation on removing barriers to higher education for ambitious adults who must balance their educational goals with other commitments. Accredited and nonprofit, Franklin has earned its long-standing reputation as an innovator in online education. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work.

Franklin offers a competitive benefits package, incentive program and free parking. In addition, Franklin provides free undergraduate tuition for employees and immediate family members, graduate tuition assistance for full-time employees and immediate family members, and a discount on doctoral tuition for employees.

Franklin University is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive educational and workplace environment. Franklin does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status.