Des Moines University is proud to be a place where people come
together to create opportunities. DMU is seeking a Director of
Development and Planned Giving who is responsible for the direction
and management of DMU’s development and planned giving
solicitations to alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students,
corporations and friends.
The Director will develop, implement and coordinate a
comprehensive planned giving program. In addition, he/she will
foster the growth of best practices in the supporting areas of
development, major gifts, and Alumni Relations as related to
cultivating and soliciting donors. The Director provides strategic
direction and long range/short range planning for all these areas
in the context of growing the planned giving program while
supporting the greater development and campaign goals of Des Moines
Education and/or Experience:
- Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
- 7-10 years of development experience required to include at
least three years of related planned giving experience
- Management experience required.
- Experience in a university or major college setting or the
fundraising arena is preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to identify, qualify, solicit and close
- Experience in major gifts fundraising, including principle or
leadership giving within a higher education institution, non-profit
organization or environment of similar complexity.
- Working knowledge of wealth management, financial planning, tax
and charitable gift laws and planned giving vehicles and
- Ability to extract and analyze data to make effective and
efficient decisions about donor strategy and process.
- Excellent communications and active listening skills, including
but not limited to, able to convey and receive verbal and written
information effectively and efficiently as appropriate for the
needs of the audience.
- Proven skills necessary to develop and coordinate estate
planning programs to promote deferred giving required.
- Good PC knowledge and skills; knowledge of computer-related
office tools and database management. Raisers Edge knowledge
- Expertise such as PowerPoint, Excel, programming skills,
- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and
weaknesses of alternative solutions and/or conclusions to
- Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information
to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Selecting and using training/instructional methods and
procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching
- Commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
Our employees are what make DMU special, so we treat them
well! Our Total Rewards reflect this commitment. Qualified
faculty and staff enjoy outstanding health/medical benefits, a
generous retirement match, flexible work arrangements, tuition
assistance, professional development funding, and access to
wellness facilities with programs that promote a well-balanced
lifestyle. Visit dmu.edu/employment to learn more about our
Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and
health sciences institution comprising three colleges– College of
Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery,
and College of Health Sciences – offering nine graduate degree
programs. Join us as we impact the future of medicine and
healthcare in our new state-of-the-art campus opening in West Des
Moines in 2023.
Resume, cover letter, and contact information for three
professional references required at time of online submission.
Apply at www.dmu.edu/employment.
Department: Development and Alumni Relations
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am – 4:30
Des Moines University is an equal opportunity employer. We
evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex,
gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran
status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by
law (“protected class”). Applications from candidates from
underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.