Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development, the Executive Director for Gift Planning oversees all aspects and operation of the campus-wide planned giving program, leading the six-person Gift Planning staff, working with senior leadership and chief development officers across the University to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors, and executing a comprehensive marketing program for gift planning. This individual will lead the efforts to integrate planned giving strategy into all university fundraising efforts, manage an individual portfolio of planned giving prospects and raise $5M annually, oversee Gift Planning marketing and communications initiatives, and serve as an information resource for the broader University community about charitable gift planning and related tax, legal, and investment questions.
Experience: At least ten years of successful major & planned gift fundraising experience, to include at least four years full-time experience working exclusively in planned giving, and at least four years of staff management experience.
Proven history of working effectively and creatively with volunteers and high-capacity donors, with a strong track record of successful solicitations of six- and seven-figure outright gifts and a various types of planned gifts.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Demonstrated high degree of understanding of complex gift options, including familiarity with relevant parts of the law and tax code that relate to charitable giving, and be able to advise as needed the CFO of the foundation and the university’s Legal Office about gift policies (including possible future revisions) and gift planning practices. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with donors and conduct development actions in person, over the phone, and through email. Excellent writing skills. Meticulous attention to detail. Strong abilities in developing donor strategy and critical thinking. Ability to effectively manage multiple initiatives simultaneously. Familiarity with and able to follow the Model Standards of Practice for the Charitable Gift Planner.
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The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship campus of the State of Maryland and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is strategically located 9 miles from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and 30 miles from Baltimore. It is one of 63 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The university has 73 programs ranked in the top 25 nationally and attracts over a half-billion dollars annually in sponsored research grants and contracts. Our diverse community includes almost 27,000 undergraduates, almost 11,000 graduate students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff members.The Division of University Relations inspires excellence and achievement. We are a leader in illuminating the University of Maryland as a world-class institution with global impact. Our mission is to advance the goals of the University by increasing resources and support, enhancing awareness and affinity, and strengthening and developing relationships with the Maryland family and the greater community. Our core values are excellence, communication, and collaboration.