Director of Gift Planning

University of North Carolina
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 17, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time

University of North Carolina

Director of Gift Planning

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
University Development’s purpose is to support the mission of the university by raising private resources to enhance financial support for students, faculty, programs and facilities. University Development provides leadership and centralized services to all development offices throughout the University, serving as a focal point for annual giving, application development and IT support; campaign management; constituent programs; corporate and foundation relations; donor relations; gift planning; gift services; industry relations; marketing/communications; parents giving; principal gifts; prospect management, research and analytics; regional programs; scholarships and student aid; talent management; university events; and volunteer engagement.

Position Summary
The University of North Carolina has enjoyed a long-standing place among leaders in higher education since it was chartered in 1789 and opened its doors for students in 1795 as the nation’s first public university. Situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, N.C., Carolina has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by any public university in the nation.

Carolina Development is proud of its donor-centered philosophy, pursuing activities that always respect the interests and intentions of the donor as well as the University. The organization’s collaborative nature is a critical component to fulfilling our mission of raising private funds to benefit the university.

Carolina Development is seeking applications for the position of Director of Gift Planning. 

The Gift Planning team is currently a team of three professional fundraisers and three support staff. Reporting to the Senior Director of Gift Planning, the Director will: Represent the tradition, mission, programs and needs of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to all constituent groups and serve as a liaison to assigned development officers of schools, units and affiliated foundations. The Director will directly solicit donors and work closely with major gifts officers, alumni and friends of the University and their financial advisors and attorneys regarding the structure of lifetime and testamentary gifts that will benefit the University. Provide active, ongoing personal stewardship of donors. Oversee the programming of Gerrard Society outreach activities. Travel will be required.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent) with three years or greater of related professional experience; for candidates demonstrating comparable professional backgrounds, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and five years or greater of relevant experience in substitution.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Familiarity with the laws, rules and regulations governing charitable estate planning is required.
Leading candidates will have demonstrated success and a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a gift planning development position or in a substantially related field such as trusts, financial planning or law; as well as superior interpersonal, oral and written communications skills.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Candidates should have the ability to work both independently and as a team player, meet high goals and interact effectively with development colleagues, alumni, friends, faculty and staff in a research university.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


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