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Development Director

Date: October 20, 2021
Location: Administration (Main Library)
Hours: Full-time (40 hours)
Salary: Grade 19,  $36.17/hour, Exempt

About the Library:

Since 1874, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL) has been an essential community asset.  We’ve been recognized nationally as one of the finest public libraries in the United States due to our excellent customer service, collaborative community involvement, and high level of customer and employee satisfaction.

The ASCPL recently has created a Development Director position to oversee philanthropy that will support our Mission Statement to provide resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including paid vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays, voluntary benefits (health, dental, and vision), ASCPL-provided life insurance, and retirement through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS).

Duties & Responsibilities:

As a new role in the Library, this position will create, propose, and implement the Library’s fund development strategy.  The position is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing all aspects of the Library’s fund development program, including donor stewardship, sponsorship requests, fundraising campaigns, planned giving, major gifts, annual appeals, grant writing, and individual as well as corporate and foundation support. 

Specific duties include implementing and managing a donor database; drafting necessary policies and procedures related to all aspects of fund development; building and maintaining strong and successful relationships with current and potential donors, both in-person and virtually; writing grants and overseeing the grant process from submission to completion; overseeing the development budget; supporting the Executive Director’s work in government relations; and setting goals and establishing metrics to monitor results, ultimately using the data to evaluate the effectiveness of activities and development methods.

The position liaises with the Library’s Council of Friends and supports Friends of Library groups that support each Library location.  The role also works with staff at the Akron Community Foundation to facilitate growth of the Library’s endowment fund.

To succeed in the role, candidates must have additional knowledge and skills, including demonstrated working knowledge of the principles and practices of fund development; demonstrated success in soliciting and obtaining major gifts, in managing large campaigns, in designing and leading major fund development efforts, and in building and maintaining strong donor and prospective donor relationships; demonstrated working knowledge of standard and new fund development tools and technology; demonstrated knowledge of local, regional, and national philanthropic individuals and organizations; demonstrated ability to speak and write effectively; experience working with political, business, and philanthropic community leaders; demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with community organizations with an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration; ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Library staff at all levels, Library Trustees, Friends, volunteers, vendors, customers, donors, and the community; demonstrated comprehensive and broad knowledge of local, state, and federal laws pertaining to fund development activities; and demonstrated skills with project management, with the ability to strategize and to set and meet goals.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Required:  A Bachelor’s degree in philanthropic studies, nonprofit or public administration, English/writing, business, public relations, communications, or a related field from an accredited university and minimum of 5 years of experience in fund development work; effective public speaking, writing, proofreading, and grammar skills; possession of a valid Ohio driver’s license and acceptable driving record.

Preferred:  Professional fund development certification, such as CFRE; previous fund development experience with public sector or public library experience.

Application Deadline:

Open until filled (preference given to candidates who apply within the first two weeks)

For consideration, applicants must either submit a resume or complete an Employment Application in the Human Resources Department at Main Library. Resumes should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or should be mailed to:

Human Resources
Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 South High Street
Akron, OH 44326-0001


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