Sr. Director of Advancement – Planned Giving

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Job Title: Sr. Director of Advancement – Planned Giving
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 34860
Hiring Department

MU Advancement

Job Description

These individuals will be responsible for current and planned giving efforts to partner with unit-based advancement officers to maximize prospective donors' giving potential.

Successful candidates will be expected to meet challenging fundraising targets while working collaboratively with colleagues from across campus. These roles will report to the Executive Director of Planned Giving and Endowments and have the following responsibilities:

• Develop and implement thoughtful and strategic cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for planned giving
• Plan and coordinate major gift and estate planning programs to promote deferred giving.
• Ensure regular contact with donors through various activities and communications, especially face-to-face meetings, including overnight and weekend travel.
• Provide oversight of specific fundraising projects based on opportunities with key donors and geographic considerations.
• Effectively use planned giving resources and tools to ensure effective prospecting, analysis, and interactions with potential donors.
• Complete gifts using instruments such as unitrusts, charitable gift annuities, bequests and insurance contracts.
• Collaborate with other Advancement team members, Mizzou Advancement unit staff, as well as key faculty members and deans in different schools and colleges.
• Manage individual travel budget and budget for donor activities
• Document and track interactions with prospects through effective use of our prospect management system.
• Must maintain valid driver’s license and wireless service in order to carry out responsibilities associated with this position.


Salary: $71,900 - $115,000 annually

Grade: GGS-013

University Title: Director of Advancement III

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Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, can include irregular working hours and extensive travel (40%-50%).

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 6 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced Degree Preferred
• Experience in major gifts/planned giving gifts strongly preferred.
• A proven track record of soliciting and closing major gifts in the five- and/or six-figure range, especially with campaign planning/execution and major gift solicitations.
• Knowledge of wealth management, financial planning, tax and charitable gift laws, planned giving vehicles/methods.
• The ability to work effectively in a team and with many diverse constituencies should be evident.
• Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, work autonomously outside of the central office.
• Other important characteristics include a strong work ethic, personal integrity, emotional intelligence, excellent communication and organizational skills, strategic thinking and planning skills, and a commitment to the mission and values of the University of Missouri

Application Materials

Applicants who submit a cover letter along with a resume and university application will be prioritized.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 8/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time