Director of Leadership Giving

Springfield, Clark County
Feb 26, 2016

Company Description:

Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked, private, liberal arts college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has an enrollment of about 2,000 students. Wittenberg enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wittenberg has an exceptional staff and award-winning faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and development of students into successful global citizens. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills in Springfield Ohio, Wittenberg is easily accessible from Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Job Description:

The Advancement department is recruiting for a Director of Leadership Giving.  Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, this position is responsible for planning and implementing strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of leadership gifts to Wittenberg University.  The person selected for this position will engage key volunteers, board members, senior administration and faculty members as appropriate.  The Director will work closely with all members of the advancement team to craft, lead, and implement action plans which will inspire the support of donors.  The Director will promote Wittenberg University by sharing the university's mission.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts of $25,000 plus. 
  • Oversee and lead the Major Gift Officer team.
  • Prepare weekly activity and contact reports.  Communicate changes in donor/alumni information to advancement services staff to update records.
  • Participate in university events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


A bachelor's degree is required, master's degree and/or professional designation is preferred, and a minimum of 5 years in developing major gifts.  Additionally, we are looking for demonstrated success with prospects capable of making six and seven figure gifts, effective written and verbal communication skills, the ability to build relationships in support of the University's mission, capital campaign experience, experience in higher education, and a working knowledge of charitable gift planning strategies.

Frequent travel is required as is evening and weekend work.  The successful candidate is expected to complete 240 meaningful contacts of which 160 should be face-to-face visits, with 20 solicitations per year.

Additional Information:

Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. We believe it is educationally imperative to further our students' appreciation and understanding of a culturally diverse society, and we are committed to ensuring a diverse environment for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, or disability. In that spirit, we are especially interested in receiving applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please set-up an account in our online recruiting system and upload the following documents in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format.

1. Resume
2. Cover letter
3. Name, address, and phone number of three professional references.

If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg's Human Resources Department at 937.327.7517.