Director, Gift Planning and Leadership Giving

Aurora, CO
Sep 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Office of Advancement for the University of Colorado System works closely to support the missions of the four University of Colorado campuses (Anschutz Medical Campus, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver) by strategically partnering with constituents to secure private resources. The division consists of about 50 individuals reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, and works with each of the four campus Advancement offices as well as Advancement colleagues employed by the University of Colorado Foundation.

Are you a skilled development officer looking for your next challenge? A recent law graduate who prefers relationship-building to billable hours? A dedicated relationship-builder who puts their clients first?

The University of Colorado's Office of Advancement is seeking an eager learner to add to our gift planning and leadership giving team on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz). An exciting vision for the future of healthcare and interesting gift conversations make this an ideal environment for those seeking to expand their skills by focusing full-time on helping donors make gifts of unique, complex, or after-lifetime assets. A substantial amount of on-the-job training can and will be provided to position you for success and to help you realize your long-term potential within the University of Colorado Office of Advancement.

The Director of Gift Planning and Leadership Giving reports to the Department Head and Senior Director of Gift Planning and Leadership Giving, as an integral part of a team of CU System gift planning professionals. The Director of Gift Planning and Leadership Giving specifically serves on the Anschutz campus as an integrated part of the CU Anschutz Advancement team, and works closely with campus leadership to achieve campus goals. This position is exempt from the State of Colorado State Classified system.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working with donors, prospective donors, and the approximately 20 front-line development officers within the Anschutz campus to provide consistent and creative gift planning training.
  • Implementing an annual work plan that includes at least 4-5 major goals and measurable objectives, while prioritizing and monitoring outcomes for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Continuously increasing the pipeline of planned and/or blended gifts by working with Advancement colleagues, loyal and prospective donors, grateful patients, cross-campus constituents, and other affinity groups.
  • Developing gift strategies, meeting with development officers, prospective donors, and donors' advisors to provide creative giving ideas, including legal and tax information associated with various gift structures.
  • Drafting gift illustrations and gift agreements tailored to the interests of potential gift planning donors and consistent with the needs of the Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Securing major and blended gifts.
  • Collaborating on central gift planning functions including legacy society activities, professional advisor relationship-building, marketing efforts, database management, and the improvement of internal processes and policies.
  • Additional projects and duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To be successful in this position, the individual must possess all of the following:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products; MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; donor tracking software.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages.
  • Ability to navigate multi-layered environments and develop strategies to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus' mission, demographics, faculty, current programs, departments, etc. in conjunction with CU's culture.
  • Ability to persuasively engage donors and articulate how the University of Colorado distinguishes itself from peer institutions.
  • Ability to make a persuasive verbal and written case for supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospective donors to specific university needs.
  • Ability to interact with high-level donors, maintaining a high level of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, and others.
  • Knowledge of computers and other relevant technology (smart phones, etc.) and their routine software applications.
  • Ability to travel.

About the University of Colorado Anschutz

CU Anschutz is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. The campus combines interdisciplinary teaching, research and clinical facilities to prepare the region's future health care professionals, provide the best available health care at two nationally-recognized hospitals, and be a national leader in life sciences research.

The campus is located in Aurora, CO, just six miles east of downtown Denver. It is one of the world's newest education, research, and patient-care facilities and the largest academic health center from Chicago to the West Coast, north of Texas.

About the Office of Gift Planning and Leadership Giving

The Office of Gift Planning and Leadership Giving inspires donors and their professional advisors, and empowers CU leadership and advancement colleagues, to engage in fulfilling conversations that result in the greatest philanthropic impact, supporting the mission of CU and advancing the competitive advantage of CU institutions. When donors increase their understanding of long-term, unique, or complex gift options and the associated benefits, it energizes the philanthropic experience and maximizes the personal satisfaction of making meaningful, values-driven gifts. The team operates in an environment where all employees are challenged and respected, and where trust-based relationships between donors, colleagues, and constituents are prioritized. We value collegial and collaborative interactions, and demand the highest level of ethical behavior and long-term accountability.

Who we are: System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with an office in Broomfield and a few smaller offices located on the campuses. This position is located in Aurora. Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.

What we offer:

Salary: The salary has been established at $90,000- $110,000.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Disability, Vision, Life and Wellness
  • Retirement: 10% Employer Match
  • Paid Time Off
  • Tuition Benefit
  • ECO Pass

More information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Three (3) years of experience securing major gifts, or directly comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some experience in charitable gift planning, or directly comparable experience.
  • Demonstrated success in major, planned, and/or principal gift fundraising.
  • Experience working within a healthcare organization.
  • Advanced degree (JD, CFP, MBA).
  • Strong sense of donor-centered customer service.
  • Inclination toward learning the highly technical aspects of gift planning.
  • Experience working within large, complex organizations.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.
  • Experience with specific gift planning software.

Special Instructions to Applicants:For full consideration, completed applications must be submitted by October 4, 2017. This position will be posted until filled. Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.*

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:You must attach a cover letter, resume, and references to your application as three separate documents. Please identify the job specific minimum qualifications you possess in your cover letter. Also, ensure you check the "Job Specific Attachments" box next the each document on the "Required Documents" page of the application for the appropriate documents to be attached.

Job Category: Development

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: S0001 -- System Administration - 50206 - Advancement Operations

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 20, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Joshua Brumley

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00001427


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