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Senior Associate Director - Gift Planning

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Title Senior Associate Director - Gift Planning
Requisition Number STFR004268
Division/College University Advancement
Interdisciplinary Division/College
Location Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
Grade 13
Posting Date 01/02/2018

The Sr. Associate Director of Gift Planning will be a key contributor to Northeastern University’s gift planning team during an exciting time of growth.

Working closely with the Director of Gift Planning, this position will actively build a portfolio of loyal donors and prospects with a goal of closing irrevocable and revocable planned gifts to maximize revenue to the university. Collaborating closely with all levels of development, the Sr. Associate Director of Gift Planning will employ planned gift strategies whenever possible to maximize the donors’ potential and conduct joint visits with other development staff on a regular basis. As a member of the Office of Gift Planning, this position will leverage resources, knowledge and technical expertise specifically for the benefit of the university’s fundraising efforts.

Primary duties include:
• Manage all aspects of the Donor Engagement Process (Identification, Cultivation, Solicitation and Stewardship) for a portfolio of 75-100 prospects with giving capacity of $100k-$500k
• Act as the primary contact and collaborate with major gift officers at the College of Engineering, assisting and advising with planned gift strategies so that maximum giving is achieved
• Develop and provide gift planning training to other development staff
• Respond to inquiries resulting from specific gift planning marketing efforts
• Prepare planned giving illustrations and proposals


The qualified candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and at least five to seven (5-7) years of gift planning or fundraising experience, or comparable work experience gained within the legal or financial planning professions. Demonstrated, quantified success in securing planned gifts or visits is highly desirable. Team player, able to relate effectively with all levels of staff, alumni and volunteers. High level of self-confidence, creativity, enthusiasm, engagement, self-motivation and energy needed to achieve ambitious goals. Ability to work independently in achieving activity and revenue goals. Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. Ability to share core values and mission with prospects and donors. Willingness to travel as needed, including overnights and weekends, both within and outside the New England states.

Additional Information

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. References

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Pending