Assistant Director of Gift Planning

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 441300 - MS State University Foundation
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade:  

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Develop an understanding of the marketing plan that seeks to identify, inform, cultivate and close planned gifts, including various kinds of trusts and bequests.
2. Build a pipeline of new estate gift supporters through discovery calls and relationships with consistent donors.
3. Consult with fundraising staff and selected donors regarding the tax implementations of certain types of current gift methodologies.
4. Maintain a list of gift planning donors and prospects.
5. Target and solicit prospects for bequests (The Old Main Society).
6. Maintain detailed files on planned gift prospects and gift expectancies.
7. Maintain relationships with legal, financial and planned giving professionals who can assist with providing legal, accounting and tax information to prospects, fundraising staff, Foundation board members, and other volunteers.
8. Provide appropriate reports to university officials and Foundation board members.
9. Ensure that gift agreements are properly documented and executed.
10. Stay apprised of legal and technical developments in the areas of estate planning and charitable giving.
11. Assist all members of the development staff in fundraising activities.
12. Provide weekly contact reports to the Director of Planned Giving.
13. Perform related duties as assigned.

This position does not have supervisory responsibility.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties of positions in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in a related field.
Two years of experience in fundraising, estate planning, trust management, tax planning or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Direct experience in fundraising or advancement in a higher education setting, preferably in educational fundraising.
Experience working with a professional constituency and building relationships that leads to continued business.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong organizational, motivational and leadership skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with university officials, faculty, prominent alumni and friends of Mississippi State University, i.e., multiple and varied constituencies.
Basic computer skills.
Ability to meet travel requirements of position.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
No or very limited physical effort required.

Instructions for Applying:

Complete online application.
Submit cover letter and resume.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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