Director of Gift Planning

Director of Gift Planning (P# 01001412)

Position Summary:

The University of North Carolina has enjoyed a long-standing place among leaders in higher education since it was chartered in 1789 and opened its doors for students in 1795 as the nation's first public university. Situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, N.C., Carolina has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by any public university in the nation.

Carolina Development is proud of its donor-centered philosophy, pursuing activities that always respect the interests and intentions of the donor as well as the University. The organization's collaborative nature is a critical component to fulfilling our mission of raising private funds to benefit the university.

Carolina Development is seeking applications for the position of Director of Gift Planning. 

The Gift Planning team is a team of three professional fundraisers and three support staff.  Reporting to the Executive Director of Gift Planning, the Director will:  Represent the tradition, mission, programs and needs of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to all constituent groups and serve as a liaison to assigned development officers of schools, units and affiliated foundations.  The Director will directly solicit donors and work closely with major gifts officers, alumni and friends of the University and their financial advisors and attorneys regarding the structure of lifetime and testamentary gifts that will benefit the University.  Provide active, ongoing personal stewardship of donors.  Oversee the programming of Gerrard Society outreach activities.  Travel will be required.

Education Requirements:  A Bachelor's degree is required.

Qualification and Experience Requirements:

Familiarity with the laws, rules and regulations governing charitable estate planning is required.

Leading candidates will have demonstrated success and a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a gift planning development position or in a substantially related field such as trusts, financial planning or law; as well as superior interpersonal, oral and written communications skills.  Candidates will also have the ability to work both independently and as a team player, meet high goals and interact effectively with alumni, friends, faculty and staff in a research university.  

Candidate Instructions:

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All candidates must apply online and submit a cover letter and resume. 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We also encourage protected veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.