The Director of Gift Planning is a Fulltime development professional that sets the strategic direction for the Office of Gift Planning and is responsible for managing the University’s planned giving program, including the identification, qualification, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals making deferred and other specially structured gifts to Husson University. Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Director will develop a Gift Planning program whose primary goal is to raise money to support the teaching mission of Husson University. The Director acts as a general resource and advisor for all planned giving activities within the University.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop and administer short-term and long-range objectives for the Office of Gift Planning and oversee the implementation of best practices for the planned giving program to ensure the proper management and stewardship of planned giving donors.
•Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors of gifts with reserved life income, future bequests, and outright gifts.
•Develop a compelling marketing plan to encourage planned giving among the University’s broad range of constituents.
•Cultivate community connections to further the University’s commitment to higher education.
•Work closely with alumnae/i and friends of the University, their advisors, faculty members, senior administrators, and development staff to articulate fundraising priorities that integrate planned giving as a part of the University’s fundraising objectives.
•Develop and conduct continuing education seminars for development staff as well as donors and advisors on planned giving tools, estate planning tools, and techniques.
•Maintain best-practice expertise in field of gift planning with a special emphasis on acquiring and staying current with technical expertise in the tax and legal aspects of charitable giving; apply this expertise clearly and effectively in discussing with prospective donors (and their counsel) the ways in which gifts of all types can be made to Husson with maximum benefits to both the donor and the University.
•Manage the day-to-day administration of the Chesley H. Husson, Sr. Society.
•Provide oversight for the endowed scholarship program, working with the Controller and Director of Financial Aid to ensure proper management, awarding, and stewardship of the funds and associated donor(s).
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
Baccalaureate degree with advanced degree desirable.
•Development experience in planned giving in an academic fundraising setting.
•Technical knowledge of (or the ability to learn) the tax rules and implications of all life income gift vehicles and bequests.
•Knowledge of (or the ability to learn) issues surrounding non-cash gifts, including publicly traded securities, non-publicly traded securities, real estate, limited partnerships, tangible personal property, etc.
•Experience with preparation of proposals, calculations for agreements, and illustrations for charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and other planned gifts.
•Demonstrated ability to develop strategic plans, implement programs, organize, initiate, and motivate.
•Sound organizational ability, a high degree of energy, creativity, and initiative; the ability to project the unique aims and values of Husson University to its donors and alumni.
•Excellent communications skills, coupled with strong writing and presentation skills, as well as the ability to present before a group.
•Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment.
•Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a diverse population of donors.
•Sound judgment and discretion are essential.
•Proficiency with personal computers and software programs.
•Experience working with Raiser’s Edge and Crescendo Gift Planning Software is preferred.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. There is no substantial physical activity required; within the normal bounds of an office environment. Occasional assistance with conferences may require carrying and lifting up to 25 lbs. and moving chairs and tables and other tasks
associated with meeting set up.
Interested candidates please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to:
(no phone calls please)