Executive Director of Gift Planning - DU Advancement
- The Executive Director will develop meaningful and productive relationships with a portfolio of planned gift donors including alumni, friends and parents.
- This position is responsible for engaging philanthropic support for campus-wide priorities and will work primarily with major, principal, and planned gift donors assigned to his/her portfolio.
- Collaborate with other development professionals across campus to effectively design and execute gift planning strategies.
- Provide comprehensive leadership of the gift planning team (2-4 FTEs). This includes supporting the day-to-day functionality of the team, as well as facilitating their recruitment, hiring, training, mentoring, evaluation, and professional development.
- As a leader in DU Advancement, provide strategy, guidance, and direction in support of the mission, vision, values, and goals of the University of Denver.
- In partnership with the Assistant Vice Chancellor, engage in the advancement goal-setting process for planned gift fundraising and engagement metrics.
- The Executive Director is also responsible for effectively managing the gift planning operating budget, including monitoring transactions and assisting in budget modeling and forecasting processes.
- Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based advancement functions and other campus colleagues, to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices.
- Model "One DU" leadership
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated expertise working with across full spectrum of gift planning vehicles.
- Demonstrated ability to close major gifts ($50,000 +) and principal gifts ($1 million +) in a relationship-based culture.
- Demonstrated ability to form and fully leverage cross-functional teams of colleagues, volunteers, and academic/administrative leaders toward closure of transformational gifts.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to represent the University of Denver, and its major initiatives and units, in a variety of capacities.
- Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, maintain confidentiality, prioritize assignments, and manage time effectively.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills to foster and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers, and University Officials. Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests and priorities within the University and community.
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- 7 years of paid fundraising experience, working within the full spectrum of development, including cultivation, gift solicitations, stewardship, and donor recognition.
- 3 years of direct experience with gift planning in higher education or a similar complex setting, including demonstrated personal success soliciting and closing a full range of gift planning strategies.
- Experience managing relationships with asset management partners.
- Degree or certification in finance, accounting, business, or financial planning.
- Supervisory experience managing gift planning professionals.
- Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Evenings and weekends as required.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Monday, March 19, 2018.
Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- Cover Letter
NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.