This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a collaborative
and experienced leader with exceptional interpersonal skills to
serve as the Executive Director of Gift Planning at Centre.
Building on a strong record and history of fundraising and gift
planning programs at Centre College, this position works with and
supports a high-performing Alumni and Development Team (A&D
Team). The Executive Director leads the strategy for planned
giving, within the overall fundraising strategy, and collaborates
widely within the A&D Team, and across campus, to raise funds,
solicit and receive planned, blended, and outright gift and
commitments, and to empower other gift officers to optimize giving
across all types and vehicles.
Renowned in the world of higher education fundraising, Centre
College enjoys a long history of outstanding support from alumni,
parents, and friends. Centre has boasted record-breaking alumni
giving percentages (for about 20 years, Centre was ranked # 1 in
the nation), and remains among the elite in that metric of support.
In the most recent capital campaign, The Campaign for the Third
Century, the College raised over $210 million in new and deferred
contributions. In the most recent three years, since the beginning
of the presidency of Dr. Milton C. Moreland, the College has raised
just under $140 million in total commitments, of which just over
$61 million has been in deferred gift commitments. The current
deferred gifts register shows over 400 commitments, revocable and
irrevocable, estimated at over $265 million.
The Executive Director leads crucial functions within the
A&D Team pertaining to gift planning and fundraising and builds
relationships with diverse groups of donors and other external
constituencies, including professional advisors. All this
work builds support for the future of the College through current
and future gift commitments.
Job Skills / Requirements
Centre College invites applications for the position
of Executive Director of Gift
The Executive Director will report to Kelly Knetsche, Vice
President for Alumni and Development, and work closely with her
team to drive success for Centre College and its students.
- Identify, qualify, cultivate; solicit, and steward planned gift
- Work directly with diverse groups of donors and their
professional advisors to craft personalized giving strategies,
providing individual planned gift illustrations, consistent with
the values and priorities of the donors
- Oversee trust and estate settlement for realized bequests and
work with executors, personal representatives, and the general
counsel to ensure timely and smooth receipt of estate provisions
designated for Centre College
- Partner closely with talented colleagues on the A&D Team,
finance office, the general counsel, office of student financial
planning, and other offices
- Oversee, in partnership with colleagues in the finance office,
the general counsel, and external entities, the College’s portfolio
of split-interest gifts, life insurance policies, and other gifts
and assets, including appropriate tax reporting and
- To encourage, inspire, and solicit new planned gifts, and to
maintain existing commitments and their donors, the Executive
Director will lead a comprehensive marketing and stewardship
program along with regular internal training and other strategic
initiatives to increase the College’s pipeline of current and
- Manage vendors in support of planned giving
marketing/communications and administration initiatives.
- Lead or partner on stewardship functions for planned giving
donors, including events and mailings.
- Document work with donors and details of gift plans; create,
use, and manage data.
- Achieve ambitious goals for the College and department, working
within a system of performance metrics.
- Demonstrates an appreciation of and commitment to further an
inclusive culture for those of diverse backgrounds such as ability,
age, class, ethnicity, faith background, gender expression, gender
identity, geographic region, national origin, neurodiversity, race,
and sexual orientation that comprise individual and group
expressions of identity.
- Engage in moderate to heavy travel and some evening and weekend
Marginal Job Functions:
- Manage budgets and filing.
- Organize and keep current records regarding planned
- Keep current on rules, regulations, tax laws, and current
information pertaining to planned giving, taxes, financial and
wealth management, and related matters.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree required, with minimum of four years in
progressively complex roles in nonprofit or higher education
fundraising, law, or financial services.
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a
- Experience with computers, database management, and record
Knowledge and Skills
- Systems: Word Processing (Microsoft Word), Excel
- Subject Matter: Knowledge of or experience in charitable gift
planning, estate planning, investments or financial advising, or
- Organization: Ability to manage time to accommodate multiple
projects from various sources. Ability to manage projects
independently from start to finish. Facility with data and data
management, and ability to create strategy based on data.
- Interpersonal: Ability to work with various and diverse
constituents of the College and those outside Centre’s community,
particularly older adults, and to be an outstanding representative
for the College. Ability to function well among sophisticated
individuals with significant wealth, education, and social status.
Highly professional and able to maintain the utmost of
confidentiality. Unwavering commitment to customer service and
providing prompt, professional responses to all prospect
Limited pushing, pulling, lifting. Lifting would not
exceed 20 lbs.
Moblity on campus necessary. Ability to travel long
distances and stay one or more nights away from home.
Compensation: The expected
compensation range for this position is based on the skills and
experience of the selected candidate. The selected candidate will
need to locate in or near Danville, Kentucky.
Interested applicants must apply through the Centre
College Human Resources site at Employment at
Centre | Centre College (with a cover letter, resume, and
list of references). Review of applications will begin
immediately and continue until filled. For full
consideration, application materials must be submitted online by
December 14th, 2023.
Education Requirements (Any)
Bachelors degree with two years of experience. Masters degree is
Additional Information / Benefits
About Centre College
Founded in 1819 and named for its location in the middle of the
state, Centre College opened its doors in the fall of 1820 with a
single building, a faculty of two, and a student body of five.
Today, there are approximately 1,400 students, 148 full-time
faculty members and more than 50 majors, minors,
pre-professional and dual-degree programs, and graduate
partnerships in three academic divisions: Arts &
Humanities, Social Studies, and Sciences & Mathematics, each
chaired by a member of the faculty under the general oversight of
the Dean of the College. The work of each division is carried out
through separate program committees representing the various
The Centre Experience
Centre College students earn an extraordinary liberal arts and
sciences education, put their education into practice in real-world
settings. The Centre Experience ensures study abroad, participation
in hands-on research and career internships around the world, and
the chance to engage with alumni and industry leaders. Centre is
proud to offer significant financial aid to make a premiere
education accessible and affordable, including several competitive
scholarship programs that cover the full cost of college as well as
funds for enrichment experiences.
Centre is one of the nation’s premiere institutions for study
abroad, with programs stretching from Merida, Mexico to Bhutan to
France, as well as study away programs in Washington, D.C., and New
York City. More than 85% of Centre students currently study abroad.
The College will buy a passport for every student who does not have
one and provide funding and support for study abroad and
internships for first generation students or those with financial
On campus, students live and learn as a community, with more
than 98% living in the residence halls. There are more than 100
student clubs on campus. Forty-two percent of students participate
in the arts, 40% of students belong to a fraternity or sorority,
nearly half participate in a varsity sport, and nearly
three-quarters of students participate in intramural and club
sports. There are dozens of campus performances each semester in
the renowned Norton Center, including Broadway shows, concerts, and
presentations from eminent guest speakers.
Centre’s brand-new, recently upgraded, and soon-to-be finished
athletic facilities are remarkable, with new fields or facilities
for baseball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and
lacrosse, indoor and outdoor facilities for track and field,
including a 200-meter indoor track, an aquatics center with an
Olympic-size pool, an upgraded gym for basketball and volleyball,
and a multipurpose field house. Home to 25 NCAA Division III men’s
and women’s sports teams, Centre teams compete successfully for
conference and national titles, and new facilities make
participating and watching these competitions
even more exciting. They also provide opportunities for the
three-quarters of students who participate in intramural and club
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Centre College pledges to continue efforts to build and
strengthen a community enriched by differences and founded upon
common humanity. Centre respects the right of all members of the
community to express their individuality in a manner that is
consistent with the dignity and welfare of others. Centre strives
to create an environment where differences are celebrated rather
than discouraged, where individuals have the opportunity to
exchange ideas and share in the richness of mutual experience. By
valuing the individual’s total character over any single
characteristic, Centre will maintain its unique community.
Centre embraces the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity
as integral to the college mission. Diversity, inclusion, and
equity are central to teaching, learning, service, scholarship, and
community and help stimulate creativity, critical thinking,
leadership, discovery, love, and global citizenship.
2022-2025 Strategic Plan
Centre College graduates will have the intellectual knowledge,
applied experience, and professional competencies to excel in their
education and their careers, lead lives of meaning and purpose, and
positively impact their communities. Based upon the College’s
mission, statements of purpose, and community, the work of the
Seven Pillar Subcommittees, comprehensive market research, and
cross-campus engagement, Centre College identified three strategic
priorities for immediate action: Experiential Learning and
Community Engagement; Career Readiness; and Community Wellness. The
efforts outlined in the strategic
plan all contribute to the overarching goals to grow
enrollment and retention, enhance student experiences and outcomes,
support career readiness and the success of alumni, and raise the
College’s public profile while preserving its academic character
Nestled in the heart of Kentucky and the state’s central
Bluegrass region, Danville, Kentucky has plenty to explore — much
of it just blocks from campus. A safe, friendly city, Danville is
home to a world-class performing arts center, as well as shops,
cafes, parks, galleries, breweries, and plenty of events and
festivals. Surrounded by rolling hills, scenic state parks, and
national forests, the Centre campus is also near canoeing,
kayaking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor
Located in the center of Kentucky, there is much to explore
nearby. The city of Lexington is home to regional sports teams,
museums, a vibrant brewery district, horse farms, and Keeneland
Racetrack, all only 30 miles away. Frankfort, the state capital, is
less than one hour, while Louisville, home to Churchill Downs and
the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, is just over an hour
from campus. Finally, American treasures like the Red River
Gorge, Natural Bridge, and Mammoth Cave National Park are within an
easy driving distance.
Danville, a town of about 16,000, was the first capital of
Kentucky (among its many firsts) and is full of small-town charm,
historic architecture, and a thriving main street. Listed in
National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Best Places of a Lifetime,”
Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region is not to be missed; Danville is
a distinctive blend of tradition and Southern hospitality with just
a touch of formality in a casual, friendly atmosphere.
Additional information is available at: www.centre.edu/location and www.danville
Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance,
Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days,
Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan