Director of Planned Giving (501717)

  • California State University (CSU) Northridge
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place.

Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, the Director of Planned Giving is responsible for developing, marketing and managing a comprehensive deferred gift planning program for California State University, Northridge, its colleges and units and to attract and secure major planned gifts in support of university strategic priorities. The incumbent works to identify, cultivate and steward constituents to advance the university's current and future gift revenue.
• Builds relationships with internal colleagues and strategic external professional advisors to support planned giving efforts.
• Manages a comprehensive deferred gift program, and acts as a central source for information and the administration of deferred gifts and performs other duties as assigned.
• As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university's vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
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• Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in a job-related field. An MBA or JD degree, and/or CPA, CFP, CSPG or other professional certification is desired.
• Equivalent to five years of progressively responsible professional/administrative experience; with 2 of the five years in a managerial role preferred. Ten or more years preferred of fundraising experience, with increasing levels of responsibility, desired.
• Experience using planned giving and development software, such as Crescendo and Raisers Edge, for gift planning calculations, proposals and tracking is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership
• In depth knowledge and experience relating to major gift fundraising, preferably in the area of higher education. Proven history of a collaborative work structure, preferably within a large fundraising team.
• Thorough knowledge of and experience relating to the legal and tax framework for planned giving vehicles and strategies, including at least five years in a full-time planned giving role; the candidate should be able to think creatively concerning the use of planned giving strategies.
• High standards of ethics and the ability to interact with individuals who may be older, infirm or otherwise under stress, and their families, and to maintain confidentiality.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to interact effectively with internal staff and external stakeholders and audiences.
• Excellent organizational, planning and goal setting skills, along with sufficient accounting skills to develop and monitor a departmental budget and to communicate effectively with University Advancement's accounting function.
• Ability to handle multiple major projects and initiatives with tight deadlines and to work independently and solve problems.
• Readiness to travel, and to work weekends and evenings in addition to regular work day expectations.
• Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
• Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
• Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
• Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
• Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information
• This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
• A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
• The person holding this position may be considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
• This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
• Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:
• Applications received through July 30, 2021, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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