Job Description Reporting to the Executive Director of Gift Planning, the Director will identify, cultivate and solicit individuals capable of making planned gifts to the University and work closely with alumni leaders and volunteers on a national level. The Director will also work collaboratively with college and unit-based development officers and central services in Alumni Relations, Development Marketing & Communications and Donor Relations.
Responsibilities CULTIVATE AND SOLICIT PROSPECTS – Develop and manage a caseload of donor prospects and effectively solicit planned gifts, focusing on commitments of $100K+. Work independently and collaboratively with the school, college and unit development officers. Personally solicit planned gifts and non-cash assets as well as prepare proposals and reports as necessary.
ADVANCEMENT AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS (AEA) and SU COLLABORATION – collaborate with colleagues in AEA to maximize effectiveness of Gift Planning efforts across all parts of the division and areas within the university.
ADMINISTRATIVE WORK – Manage travel arrangements including hotel, flight, and car rental reservations, credit card reconciliations, and expense processing and reimbursements. Assist Executive Director with meetings and calendar schedules, phone and correspondence.
OTHER – Assist with marketing and communications of the department. Develop professionally with outside and Syracuse University training.
ACHIEVE EFFICIENCY – Manage multiple projects while stewarding a portfolio of donors and prospects. Assist in defining and executing processes and systems for optimized production.
Bachelor's degree required.
5+ years of practical work experience in non-profit or higher education environment.
Job Specific Qualifications
Experience in major gift solicitation and closure is essential.
Knowledge of planned gift vehicles such as charitable lead trusts, gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable bequests, annual support strategies and other non-traditional gifts is essential.
Must demonstrate strong management, leadership, and analytical skills.
Must have five or more years' experience preferably working in a higher education environment in a fundraising capacity.
Outstanding ability to use data to make and implement strategic decisions.
Proficiency in database management tools and customer relationships management systems critical. Strength in Windows-based applications, specifically Microsoft Office's suite required. Knowledge of Blackbaud strongly preferred.
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, tact, discretion, and the ability to maintain the utmost confidentiality inside and outside the Division. Must be able to work independently, yet interact with a team and show initiative.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, creativity, and demonstrated success in managing multiple projects. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential.
A personal commitment to the mission of Syracuse University, and to the importance of philanthropy in higher education.
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