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Director of Development

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, this position leads and manages the College’s fundraising activities, including annual giving, leadership giving, grant-writing and development services. The DOD also has responsibility for a small portfolio of prospects/donors. The incumbent will be well-versed in the activities and strategies of the College and inspire prospects, donors, and stakeholders in support of the College's priorities.  Relocation may be available for this position.

Essential Functions (Responsibilities) of the Position:  

Lead a comprehensive annual fund-raising operation

Manage the day-to-day implementation of the College’s development strategies

Manage several members of the development team; assist them in achieving their performance goals 

Manage a pool of prospects and donors in the $1,000 - $25,000 range; identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward these gifts

Utilize strong and extensive working knowledge of commonly used annual giving, major gift and other fundraising techniques 

Engage with College academic and administrative leaders to help develop fundraising strategies and cultivate and steward donors and prospects 

Work in close coordination with Alumni Relations staff to develop compelling communication materials and ensure strong integration of development and alumni relations efforts 

Collaborate with College colleagues, students, and alumni in support of reaching annual fundraising goals 

Develop relationships based upon and in support of the strategic objectives of the College

Travel in support of donor cultivation, solicitation and relationship-building responsibilities

Adhere to the highest ethical standards, empathetic disposition, perseverance, and optimistic and positive attitude. 


Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and/or professional training preferred.

Five years of successful fundraising experience, including direct solicitation of five figure+ gifts. Consideration is given to solid experience in related fields with transferable skills.


Broad knowledge of the principles of direct and individual fundraising, including an understanding of annual giving in higher education, grant writing and a working knowledge of gift planning techniques.

Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, a collaborative teamwork approach to projects, and a strong service orientation.

Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

Experience working in donor database management programs, Raiser’s Edge preferred. 

Demonstrated ability to multitask while paying attention to details. 

Must be able to work under pressure of deadlines and dollar goals. 

Valid Ohio driver’s license

Environmental Considerations:  

Position requires incumbent to operate both in an office space and to move about campus and in other locations during all seasons and weather to engage with prospects and donors and to attend functions associated with Antioch College.

Physical Requirements of the Position:

Physical ability to perform daily office activities, to include sitting long periods at a desk, light-duty lifting, written and oral correspondence.

Ability to utilize standard office equipment such as phone and computer and other devices used in support of work accomplishment

Utilization of public and/or private transportation to reach prospects, donors, and associated functions.  This could include accessing automobiles, trains, planes, and other forms of transportation.

Ability to travel up to 25% of the time

Ability to access facilities associated with prospects, donors, and associated functions.

Application Process

Application materials for the position will be accepted until an appointment is made or the position has been canceled.  Relocation may be available for this position.

To apply, send email to  Include the position title in subject line and submit in one attachment in Word or PDF format the following:

  1. A cover letter addressing relevant experience, leadership and your suitability for and interest in the Antioch College position,
  2. A resume detailing your work history and relevant experience, and education,
  3. Three professional references who are familiar with your work and who will speak with Antioch about your capabilities (they will not be contacted without your knowledge).  Provide their contact information including name, association with you, telephone number, and email address. 

Alternatively, you may send the same information by US mail:

Office of Human Resources
Antioch College
One Morgan Place
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Antioch College is an equal opportunity employer; the College offers employment, advancement opportunities and benefits in a harassment-free environment on the basis of merit, qualifications, and competency to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or covered veteran status.  Candidates who can contribute to Antioch's commitment to diversity and its evolving multi-lingual culture are encouraged to apply.