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Senior Director of Development, Gift Planning

Posted: 05/05/2024

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Job no: 503210
Department: Development
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Fund Raising, Development, Alumni
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No


Job Summary:
The Senior Director will help advance the mission of Miami University by serving as a key leader in the charitable gift and estate planning program. They individual will assist in planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of personal involvement and financial commitment of donors and prospects of Miami University. In addition, this position will have a set of metrics corresponding to strategies seeking philanthropic and volunteer support of alumni and friends of Miami.

Miami University is a public university founded in 1809 with over 200,000 alumni and 20,000 enrolled students. These students major in over 120 different fields of study.

With its close proximity to the city of Cincinnati coupled with a nationally recognized excellence in undergraduate education there is a significant opportunity to increase all measures of support from alumni, friends, and corporate and foundation partners. As the university looks to conclude its current compressive campaign, “For Love, For Honor, For Those Who Will”, a robust and high functioning development team will play a critical role in the success of that effort.

In alignment with Miami University’s statement on Diversity and Inclusion, University Advancement is committed to and fully embraces the philosophy and belief that a diverse community is among an institution's greatest strengths.The Division of University Advancement is committed to creating an inclusive work environment where all people feel safe, valued, and respected. To view our full statement including our specific commitments, please visit our website:


Duties/Physical Demands:
  • Participate in the development and execution of the gift planning marketing efforts.
  • Effectuate solicitation and stewardship calls to alumni and friends independently as well as in collaboration with other staff, faculty, administrators and alumni volunteers.
  • Prepare and present gift proposals to prospects with the input and assistance of faculty, administrators, and deans, as well as other constituent and central development officers. Proposals may involve establishing multi-year commitments and aiding in facilitating charitable donations of real estate, personal property, securities, testamentary gifts, split-interest gifts and life insurance.
  • Encourage and coordinate involvement of alumni and friends through campus visits and regional events.
  • Develop and implement assessment, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for assigned prospects with the Office of Development staff, and university faculty and administrators.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of major and planned giving prospects.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of planned giving vehicles, tax implications, and estate planning principles.
  • Assist Assistant Vice President for Gift Planning in educating Miami University development officers on issues surrounding planned and other major gifting techniques.
  • Perform other duties related to the mission of the Office of Development under the guidance of the Assistant Vice President for Gift Planning.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, five years of experience in development/fundraising, law, financial services, accounting, and/or equivalent, demonstrated level of leadership and management.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or similar professional certification.
  • Development/fundraising experience in a higher education setting.
  • Experience managing and mentoring staff in a development setting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proven leadership techniques; outstanding oral and written communication skills; excellent organization skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently but has commitment to collaborative approach to fundraising in a fast-paced environment; willingness to travel extensively both on a regional and national level and the ability to attend as scheduled evening and weekend events.


Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered for this position, please upload a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.


Diversity Statement:
Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.


EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.

Labor Law Posters for Applicants:
Miami University is committed to providing up-to-date information from the Department of Labor to our applicants for employment. Here, you will find links to the current information regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

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A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

Advertised: 06 May 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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