Ohio Humanities hiring Senior Development Officer

The Ohio Humanities Council, a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, located in Columbus, Ohio, seeks a Senior Development Officer. This position will play an important role in developing and implementing a donor-centered fund development plan that will diversify sources of revenue from individual, corporate, and foundation donors throughout the state. Position reports to the Executive Director.

Our Mission

Ohio Humanities is a nonprofit organization that shares stories to spark conversations and inspire ideas. We host programs and award grants that support storytellers statewide, from museums to journalists to documentary filmmakers. For more information, please visit www.ohiohumanities.org.

Salary Range

$55,000-$65,000 per year plus full benefits. Generous 401k match, health, vision, dental, long/short-term disability, generous health savings account contribution, generous paid time off, hybrid office/work from home model, and option for flexible scheduling.

Essential Functions

  • Support the development and implementation of a donor-centered fundraising plan with a focus on engaging individual, corporate, and foundation donors.
  • Manage donor relation activities that provide donors with a sense of purpose and connection to Ohio Humanities’ mission.
  • Oversee key donor activities, including point-of-entry events for prospects, donor communications, and donor appreciation.
  • Manage donor and prospect data in Ohio Humanities’ CRM.
  • Work with the Executive Director, Board and key staff to implement a “moves management” system of donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Develop fundraising plans for special projects when needed.
  • Work with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors to engage the board in fundraising – primarily the planning of point-of-entry events.

Other Functions

  • Work with Ohio Humanities staff to develop grant proposals for corporate, foundation, and government funders.
  • Work with Ohio Humanities staff to develop reports for corporate, foundation, and government funders.
  • Work with Ohio Humanities staff to implement strategic communications blueprint by participating in monthly story-mining meetings (and following through on meeting deliverables).
  • Participate in activities vital to the accomplishment of Ohio Humanities’ mission when needed.

Desired Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in fundraising, grant-writing or a related field.
  • A passion for the public humanities.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Good written and communication skills.
  • Willingness to participate in professional development to strengthen areas of improvement.
  • A desire to provide good customer service, both to team members and external stakeholders.
  • Desire to be a positive contributor to a team.
  • Experience working with a database or CRM (or ability to learn these skills).
  • Ability to work independently.
  • This position requires positive and effective communications between staff, board members, donors, partners, and the public. Understanding these relationships is critical and excellent communication skills are required.
  • In-state travel required (with reimbursement for costs).

Ohio Humanities’ workday is 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Employees work from home on Mondays and Fridays and in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (currently, this schedule is amended to mitigate COVID risks). The Senior Development Officer will work both remotely and onsite at Ohio Humanities’ Columbus office. Ohio Humanities is committed to workplace diversity and seeks candidates who represent the diversity of the state, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, cultural background, and socioeconomic stratum.

Please indicate your interest with a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please tell us why the humanities are critical and what makes you the ideal candidate for this position. Address cover letters to Rebecca Asmo, Executive Director at ohc@ohiohumanities.org. Any questions about the position may also be submitted to this email address.