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Director of Development, Gift Planning

Fordham University
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 5, 2022

Director of Development, Gift Planning

Fordham University

New York, NY


Fordham University is a private doctoral research university in the Jesuit tradition.  Since its founding in 1841, Fordham has grown as a result of the collective vision of its leaders, the generous support of alumni and friends, and the creativity and hard work of its faculty and students. Located on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx and Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, the Gabelli School of Business is Fordham University’s undergraduate and graduate business school. The Gabelli School of Business (Gabelli School) allows students around the world to study and develop critical business skills in the heart of New York City.


Fordham University seeks an ambitious, seasoned, and collaborative Director of Development, Gift Planning (Director). The successful candidate will serve as a frontline fundraiser with responsibility for creating and managing portfolio of 100 to 150 major and planned giving donors and prospects, comprised of alumni of the University, parents, and friends. The candidate will create and implement strategies to effectively identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward bequest intentions, planned gifts, major gifts, blended gifts, and leadership annual gifts.


The Director will lead face-to-face solicitation for a portfolio with a gift range of six to seven figures and partner with Fordham’s Executive Director of Gift Planning to cultivate and solicit principal gifts prospects and donors. S/he will assist major gift officers needing gift planning expertise to close major gifts and collaborate with gift planning colleagues to provide regular estate plan training to leadership annual fund and major gift officers. The ideal candidate will achieve the Office of Development and University Relations (DAUR)’s ambitious expectations for this role, which include annual goals for face-to-face solicitation and outright of planned giving proposals above $100,000.


In addition, Fordham seeks a seasoned, collaborative, and successful planned giving officer to join the Planned Giving office as Senior Associate Director of Development, Gift Planning Communications and Administration (Senior Associate Director). The Senior Associate Director will manage day-to-day operations for the University’s gift planning program, including administration, communications, and marketing.


Fordham University has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to facilitate these executive recruitments. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at For confidential inquires and applications regarding the Senior Associate Director opportunity, please reach out via email at



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