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University of Delaware

Director of Gift Planning

Newark, DE 

Have you worked for a donor-centered gift planning program in an educational institution or hospital? Does working for one of the great public institutions of higher education in America hold appeal for you? Would living in one of the country’s most diverse and exciting regions, with a broad array of educational opportunities, museums, cultural events and sports teams enrich your life? Does building relationships with engaged donors, seeking to meet both their philanthropic and personal planning objectives while providing educational opportunities to underserved populations inspire you? If so, the University of Delaware invites you to apply for the position of Director of Gift Planning.

Based in Newark, Delaware, the University is seeking an experienced relationship builder to work with a wide array of prospects to secure planned gifts. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Principal Gifts and Gift Planning, the Director is responsible for soliciting and securing major planned gifts through identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and prospects. The ideal candidate will have both gift planning and major gift experience, with a focus on direct work with prospects and donors. The ability to work with other development officers in a team environment and structure complex outright, life-income and legacy gifts will be of utmost importance.

Candidates should have at least five years of charitable gift fundraising experience, three of which are in gift planning. A law degree, CPA, CFP, CAP, CSPG or other gift planning training are highly desirable. Membership in the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (formerly PPP) and local planned giving council are required, to keep the Director current while enhancing and maintaining a modern, twenty-first century gift planning program.

If you think the University of Delaware might be for you, confidential inquiries, applications (including a resume, cover letter and three professional references), and nominations should be directed to Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE at Please list UD Search in the e-mail subject line. Brian’s firm, Gift Planning Development, LLC will be running this search on behalf of the University. He will send you a detailed description of the position for your review and consideration. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Only candidates who are being actively considered will be contacted. 


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