1786 Director of Planned Giving


TITLE Director of Planned Giving




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR ExecutiveDirector of Development

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Vice President for University Advancement


The Director of Planned Giving holds primary responsibility for gifts of estates, trusts, and various other and financial venues that reflect financial planning and deferred giving opportunities. The Director of Planned Giving serves as fundraising liaison to several University areas and prepares written materials, including having primary responsibility for training and support for other staff members working with donors on deferred and planned gifts such as trusts, charitable annuities, life insurance, wills, and bequests.


Education: A Bachelor's degree is required.

Experience: At least five years of successful professional experience is required, preferably in higher education development. A demonstrated record of success in a related career field such as law, accounting, or financial planning is required.

Skills: Exceptional interpersonal skills with all age groups are required. Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Organizational skills, particularly planning, managing deadlines, and evaluating progress are required. The position is paperwork-intensive and requires skills in proofreading and editing, attention to detail and follow-through. Computer literacy, particularly in word processing, using Internet resources, and using databases is required. An understanding of current laws regarding taxability of donations, familiarity with deferred giving strategies, and knowledge of a diverse array of financial instruments are essential. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: Lifting and moving boxes of materials and equipment weighing twenty-five to fifty pounds is occasionally required.

Other: The scope of the job requires occasional attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, events, seminars and workshops, etc.


1. Supports the overall long-term financial strength and support of the University by visiting with donors and prospective donors about a variety of gift possibilities, particularly deferred and planned gifts.

2. Enhances donor gift planning and giving by remaining current in areas of gift possibilities available through the Missouri State University Foundation and the current laws and regulations governing such gifts.

3. Creates positive donor relations by assuming primary responsibility for providing technical support and options regarding planned and deferred gifts.

4. Provides support to the Executive Director of Development by offering seminars on planned and deferred gifts to members of the professional staff.

5. Helps the University to meet fundraising goals by having a thorough understanding of current capital projects, needs for endowments, University gifts, athletics gifts, the Missouri State Phone Campaign, and giving programs available through the Missouri State University Foundation, and the advantages of membership in various gift recognition clubs.

6. Manages a rated prospect list as part of the moves management system.

7. Communicates the status of current fundraising activities to both the general public and senior administrators and stimulates interest in gift giving by preparing written materials including proposals, contact reports, brochures, gift acknowledgments, articles, administrative reports, as well as contributing articles to the Missouri State alumni magazine.

8. Enhances donor relations by representing Development and Alumni Relations at functions and meetings as assigned and working with donors and potential donors, alumni, students, friends, and various constituencies of the University to strengthen their ties to Missouri State University.

9. Prepares for professional and donor meetings by establishing and maintaining professional competency and currency in the field of university development work through professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, attending training and/or courses required by the Executive Director of Development, and maintaining appropriate professional memberships in organizations such as CASE and AFP.

10. Assures donor confidentiality as well as the confidentiality of the projects undertaken by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations by conducting all personal contacts and communications with donors in a professional manner.

11. Furthers the attainment of established goals for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations by developing and maintaining cordial and professional working relationships with University faculty, staff, students, administrators, and professional staff and appropriate off-campus constituencies.

12. Participates as a fully productive member of the professional staff by adhering to all University policies and procedures and the internal policies and procedures of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

13. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

14. Contributes to the overall success of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Director of Planned Giving is supervised by the Executive Director of Development and supervises clerical support staff and student employees.