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Executive Director, Gift Planning

Santa Clara University
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 22, 2021

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Santa Clara University in the search for an Executive Director, Gift Planning.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, the Executive Director, Gift Planning will direct the planning, management, coordination, and evaluation of the comprehensive Gift Planning Program within University Development. This includes staffing, budgeting, marketing, reporting, and oversight of the program. The Executive Director will lead and have direct management responsibility for a team of Gift Planning Officers, charged with managing relationships and securing philanthropic support from donors capable of making gifts of $100,000-$1,999,999 and above. Santa Clara University’s Gift Planning Program provides strategic leadership and partnership in the planning and execution of tax-wise gifts, including outright gifts, real estate, trusts, and all forms of deferred giving (estate planning, bequests, and other life income gifts). Planned gifts at the University represent 25% or more of overall dollars raised annually.

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university offering its 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University blends high-tech innovation with a social consciousness grounded in the Jesuit educational tradition. It is committed to leaving the world a better place. It pursues new technology, encourages creativity, engages with its communities, and shares an entrepreneurial mindset. SCU's goal is to help shape the next generation of leaders and global thinkers. The University's undergraduate and graduate programs span areas ranging from psychology to sustainable-energy engineering and from theatre arts to business analytics.

Ranked among the top 15 percent of universities nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

University Relations builds Santa Clara University’s excellence and character by strengthening relations with alumni, parents, and friends of the University, raising public awareness, and increasing private philanthropy. The development division has been recognized with the CASE Educational Fundraising Award, an honor given each year to superior fundraising programs at educational institutions across the country.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of progressively responsible fundraising experience with extensive experience in gift planning, marketing, strategic planning, and coordinating special events, preferably within a higher education environment. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Santa Clara University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups. The University does not discriminate on the basis of a person's actual or perceived membership in a protected class including race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other status protected by law. To request a disability accommodation in the application process, please contact the Department of Human Resources, 408-554- 4392.

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website ( To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441). The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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