Director of Planned Giving

Universities can stimulate the mind, benefit surrounding communities, and provide unforgettable and life-changing experiences to students of all ages—with a strong development team, even more so. In partnership with the University of St. Thomas, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a series of searches for Director of Development positions at the University of St. Thomas. When you join the University Development and Alumni Relations team, you will be part of a best in class operation supporting a dynamic, growing global community of 10,000 mission-driven and enthusiastic students and faculty.

You will also become part of Minnesota’s largest private university, with campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rome, and students from 50 states and 63 countries. Your role will allow the University of St. Thomas’ fervent school spirit to thrive, and it will support the sustained success of 140 student organizations, 20 varsity sports teams, and 40 club sports. Through your work, the University of St. Thomas will continue to boast a global reach, and to send more than half of its undergraduate students to study outside of the country.

After announcing our searches for the next Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences, we’re ready to announce our search for the Director of Planned Giving! Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development, the Director of Planned Giving is responsible for qualifying, planning and managing, and providing leadership for the Planned Giving program. This includes facilitation, implementation, and evaluation of strategic direction, as well as overall management of daily operations. The director serves as an internal advisor on planned giving vehicles for all development officers. The director may occasionally join development officers in meetings with prospects and donors, but he or she will not maintain his or her own prospect portfolio. The director should stay current in changes in tax and real estate laws, and should provide on-going training for development officers.

The ideal candidate will have an understanding, not only of the various instruments and tools of planned giving, but also of the nuances of traditional major gift fundraising. A creative thinker with an orientation and ability to interpret the philanthropic opportunities inherent in the programs of the University, he/she must have the demonstrated ability to achieve annual organizational growth goals. The individual should possess strong experience and skill in leading without authority, and he/she must be approachable, non-judgmental, and possess the exceptional listening skills required of a successful servant leader. The ideal candidate will also possess a J.D.


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