Director of Gift and Estate Planning

The University of Texas, Austin
Texas, United States
Competitive Salary
May 13, 2021
Jun 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description:

To serve as a director on UT Austin’s Gift and Estate Planning team for the College of Natural Sciences and Jackson School of Geosciences providing guidance to donors, prospects and their advisors, and colleagues, on planned giving strategies and techniques for completing significant charitable gifts to advance discovery and transform the future. The College of Natural Sciences is one of the largest colleges of science in the United States with eleven top-ten ranked programs such as computer science, applied math, analytical chemistry, ecology/evolutionary biology and cosmology, relativity and gravity (U.S. News & World Report 2020). It boasts a community of more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 700 tenure and non-tenure track faculty members and 1,200 staff. The Jackson School of Geosciences seeks to advance the understanding of Earth as a system, its resources, and environment, for the lasting benefit of humankind. The Jackson School boasts the #1 Geology, #6 Geophysics & Seismology and #7 Earth Sciences Overall (U.S. News & World Report 2018).


Job Details:


  • Build and carry an active portfolio of 75-125 prospective donors.
  • Engage in qualification, strategy, relationship building and closing of planned gifts(s).
  • Within 36 months of start date, consistently produce $3-6M+ per year.
  • Will be part of an expansion of the Gift and Estate Planning team to provide dedicated support to UT’s College of Natural Sciences and Jackson School of Geosciences.
  • Collaboratively work with development staff and volunteers to identify relationship networking, linkage, giving ability, and interest of prospective donors.
  • Participate in a minimum number of 80-150 visits annually while cultivating prospects for future solicitation.
  • Document results of all substantive contacts with potential donors for team lead review and critique.
  • Provide analysis and make recommendations regarding the strategies to be utilized in the solicitation of funds from planned gift prospects.
  • Ask for gifts both personally or as part of a team, such as facilitating solicitations of prospects by volunteers and academic leaders.
  • Enlist the assistance of faculty, colleagues, and university staff, as required in researching of potential prospects, preparing and implementing proposals.
  • Participate in education workshops on gift planning to university-wide development colleagues, planning for special events, and marketing of planned gifts.

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