Chief Advancement Officer, College of Law

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The Ohio State University

Chief Advancement Officer, College of Law

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH


The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University is seeking an accomplished, entrepreneurial advancement leader to serve as a change agent and direct its development and alumni relations areas. Reporting jointly to the Dean and Vice President of Development, the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) will bring a proven track record of growing development programs, implementing creative ways to engage alumni, and telling compelling stories, in order to create a case for support for law school constituents.


Position Details


A consummate relationship builder with gravitas and the ability to open doors to potential partners will do well in the advancement environment at Ohio State. This position will focus on raising major ($100K+) and principal ($5M+) gifts for the college through both a personal portfolio and leadership of two fundraisers. In an effort to ensure portfolio optimization, advancement research provides a prospect pool for major gift qualification, allowing attention to be spent on personal interactions that build partnerships. Annual fundraising goals currently hover around $4 million but the aspirational leader we are seeking will aim to more than double that figure over time.


Alumni Relations

As part of the college’s advancement model, the CAO also has a team of two alumni relations professionals and a communications/alumni relations professional. Providing vision and leadership will allow this team to flourish in its stewardship and strategic engagement mission.



The need for a leader who will shape a fresh culture of teamwork is a priority in filling this role. Thus, experience leading high-performing teams and creating a motivating, collaborative environment is key. As a vital member of the Dean’s team, the CAO will build strong partnerships with senior leadership across the college, advancement leadership and colleagues across campus. The selected candidate will immediately work to fill two vacant positions to round out the fundraising function within the advancement team. The position also enjoys the support of an administrative assistant, bringing the current staff count to seven.


Organizational Overview

The Ohio State University recently concluded its But for Ohio State Campaign which raised a record $3B to support five priorities:  placing students first, elevating faculty and the academic enterprise, creating modern learning environments, emboldening the research agenda and driving high-impact innovation. Looking towards the future, the university’s 2020 Vision establishes three key pillars for the future: 1) access, affordability and excellence; 2) community engagement; and 3) diversity and inclusion.


The Moritz College of Law is one of the most respected law schools in the world with 10,000 alumni central to its reputation. Moritz is known for its rigorous academic program, the pioneering research of its world-class faculty, a deep commitment to teaching and professional training, and the development of future leaders. Innovative approaches to launching careers have placed the College of Law among the top five public schools in employment. The resulting national momentum has propelled the College to its highest rankings ever, and a 20% rise in applications in the midst of flat law school applications nationally.


Development success has also been a crucial driver for the College. The College of Law derives the largest percentage of its budget from giving of any college at Ohio State. Fundraising exceeded $5 million in three of the past four years, and the College closed the But for Ohio State campaign at almost $36 million on a $25 million goal.


“We are training the lawyers and leaders of the 21st century. The practice and substance of law are changing as rapidly as the rest of the world. Our innovative teaching and research anticipate and respond to this constant evolution and carry our excellence forward to provide a great law school at Ohio State.” – Dean Alan Michaels



We are seeking experienced fundraisers who possess a bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of ten years of accomplishments in major gift fundraising who have managed development and alumni relations functions. Success raising principal or transformational gifts along with experience in a complex higher education environment strongly preferred. Ability to share successful experiences leading change, creating high performance culture and demonstrating superb leadership also preferred. This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule, including overnight travel.


You Need To Know

Aside from the unparalleled benefits of working for The Ohio State University and working in the diverse, smart, safe, fun and growing city of Columbus, Ohio, this opportunity will provide exceptional rewards that arise from working for a land grant institution where you will truly feel the impact of your work. Learn more here:


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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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