Assistant Director of Gift Planning
Office of Advancement
Duration of Position:
Full year / Full time
About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly
selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar
is deeply committed to fostering a community that reflects the
values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment
of equality, diversity and inclusiveness. Vassar seeks to create a
pluralistic community for all staff, faculty and students. Vassar
College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, and
applications from women, individuals with disabilities and members
of historically underrepresented groups are especially
encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free
campus. Note: Vassar College has a universal vaccination
policy requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees except
for those exempt for medical or religious reasons.
Position Summary and Responsibilities
Founded in 1861, Vassar was established with a mission to offer
young women liberal arts education equal to the best men's colleges
of the day. Coeducational since 1969, Vassar continues to reflect
its bold and distinctive history of progressive leadership in
higher education and is consistently ranked among the country's top
residential liberal arts institutions.
Today, under the leadership of President Elizabeth Bradley, Vassar
is deeply engaged in a comprehensive and participatory approach to
the ongoing work of becoming a fully inclusive and equitable
community. We affirm the inherent value of a diverse campus through
a commitment to need-blind admissions and a curriculum that is
reflective of the interconnectedness of our lives as members of
multiple local and global communities.
Vassar is poised to launch an historic $500 million comprehensive
campaign that will deepen our investment in financial aid and
student life, expand research opportunities for our world- class
faculty, and provide critical support for curricular innovation,
racial and social justice and community engagement, environmental
sustainability, admissions and career education.
The Assistant Director of Gift Planning reports to the Director of
Gift Planning and Strategic Initiatives and will support a wide
range of both new and established activities and programs focused
on qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of
individuals who provide for Vassar's future through deferred gifts
and estate commitments. Planned gifts are a significant part of
Vassar's exciting and ambitious comprehensive campaign and this
role will interface in a personalized and conscientious manner with
all levels of external and internal constituents, including
alumnae/i, parents, friends, major donors, leadership and principal
gift officers, AVP, VP, Board of Trustees and President's
- Manage the content and production of all gift planning
marketing materials provided by a marketing supplier.
- Oversee the content, including securing diverse donor profile
images and quotes, for the gift planning website produced by the
- Assist the Director in the production of special targeted
solicitation and stewardship materials including greeting cards,
thank-you letters, broadcast emails, postcards and letters.
- Prepare timely and professional responses to requests for gift
planning information with meticulous, thoughtful, and appropriate
correspondence and maintain internal record-keeping as defined by
- Generate professional planned gift proposals using PG Calc®
software program and other tools to increase professionalism and
sophistication of gift planning proposals, including accurate
financial calculations and creative and compelling gift
- Track the performance and response rate of marketing
- Develop comprehension in, or continued knowledge of, various
gift planning instruments, including staying informed about changes
in tax regulation, industry trends, and economic indicators.
Proactively share information with colleagues and assist in solving
specific technical questions as they arise.
- Work with the Director and other members of the Office to
identify major planned gift prospects and collaborate on
cultivation strategies in partnership with Leadership Gift Officers
and track accordingly in department database.
- Work with the Director and other members of the Office to
develop new stewardship strategies for existing planned gift donors
and track accordingly in department CRM database.
- Supervise the planning and execution of special stewardship
events, including an annual campus reception for 80-100 legacy
society members during reunion weekend.
- Prepare accurate reports of gift planning activity using office
CRM database and Excel.
- Must be willing to work occasional weekends throughout the
year. (Reunion, various campus events).
- Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of Vassar College,
its history, people, programs, and initiatives.
Special Instructions to Applicants
- Associates degree (or higher) preferred.
- Have demonstrated success in fundraising, financial services,
and/or marketing/sales, with a focus on project management.
Experience with, or comprehension of, IRS policies and procedures
and/or financial investment instruments is preferred.
- Experience within and beyond higher education who embrace
Vassar’s mission and its commitment to diversity and inclusion, and
who wish to have a real impact on advancing the College at this
pivotal time. High-level proficiency with Google suite and
Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with PG Calc® software
preferred, but training is available.
- Strong writing and editing skills required.
- Highly-organized, with an attention to detail and have the
ability to apply independent judgment with limited supervision and
instruction while maintaining flexibility.
- Possess the ability to articulate, a commitment to liberal arts
education and relate and communicate comfortably with people of
diverse ages, profiles, interests, and backgrounds.
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to
attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3
professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format.
Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any
questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.
For full consideration applicants should apply by:
All applicants must apply online at: https://employment.vassar.edu/postings/2237.