Associate Director of Gift Planning
St. Edward's University - Austin, TX

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The Associate Director of Gift Planning will secure gift plans and current gifts from alumni, faculty/staff, and other friends of the university. Reporting to the Director of Gift Planning, the primary responsibility will be to develop a portfolio of prospects to then qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward for gift plans. The Associate Director will participate in tracking gift plans from their documentation through the transfer of assets to the university. The Associate Director will be responsible for implementing gift planning marketing strategies, using internal and external resources. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of securing philanthropic support and evidence of direct solicitation experience is required, with a history of gift plan solicitation strongly preferred. Additionally, the associate director will work closely with all of the Office of University Advancement divisions including Development, Alumni and Parent Programs, and Advancement Services and will join the Director of Gift Planning in engaging volunteer experts to advance gift planning goals.

Responsibilities Establish and strengthen relationships with individuals that have the capacity to make gift plans or current gifts of $25,000 or more.

Use a moves management system to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects.

Solicit annual gifts when appropriate from prospects under management.

Develop prospect strategies, prepare briefing reports and coordinate execution of donor activities for key university administrators and volunteer leaders.

Conduct upwards of 80-100 visits annually.

Attend events related to gift planning work, including signature events hosted by the division, such as Homecoming and Presidential Receptions.

Implement gift planning marketing strategies utilizing internal and external resources.

Track gift plans from documentation through the transfer of assets to the university.

Work collaboratively as a member of the university advancement team.

Work collaboratively with other members of the university community.

Job Requirements A bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.

A minimum of three years of fundraising field work which includes responsibilities for building relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations; fundraising experience in the higher education sector preferred.

Gift planning and/or legal/financial background preferred.

Enthusiasm for direct, on-going personal interaction with major donors and prospects required.

Proven track record of soliciting gifts.

Understanding and appreciation for private higher education, especially Catholic higher education.

Experience using Microsoft Office and fundraising software systems.

Willingness to travel regularly on behalf of St. Edward’s University.

Ability to participate in a collaborative environment and facilitate relationships with all areas of the University community.

Demonstrated ability to take initiative in planning, organizing, and effectively presenting ideas and concepts.

Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and problem solve quickly.

Ability to work independently and on a team.

Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check required.

How to Apply
Qualified applicants are invited to apply for this position at

Please attach your résumé, letter of interest, and a list of three references to the online application.
Due to the volume of anticipated inquiries, no phone calls, please.

St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer, and hires only U.S. citizens and documented workers.

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