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Human Resources

Director of University Relations – Gift & Estate Planning

Date Opened: 6/26/2013
Closing date: when filled

Southwestern University invites applications for the position of Director of University Relations – Gift & Estate Planning.  This position serves as the University Relations’ gift specialist and as a major gift officer securing gifts and commitments in order to strengthen the institution for the future.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:   identify, cultivate, solicit, and thank donors who give yearly contributions to the University; manage the University’s established giving program, as well as promotion, stewardship and donor recognition events; record and track all planned gifts; supervise Planned Giving department staff and budget; manage estate administration system; conduct prospect screening sessions; issue charitable gift annuities; coordinate committee for gift acquisition; support and participate in University events; support and participate in University events; serve as staff liaison to professional planned giving, legal and financial advisors; perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree, five years of development or related experience, one year of supervisory experience; working knowledge of planned gift vehicles; excellent written and verbal interaction and communication skills, strong leadership and work ethic; proven supervisory and management skills; the ability to work with others as a member of a team and to direct the work of volunteers and support staff, able to perform well in stressful situations and a respect for the confidential nature of the work.

Southwestern University offers competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, life, long term disability, retirement, 15-paid holidays, two weeks vacation, sick leave, tuition assistance, access to athletic facilities, free parking and discounted meal rates.  Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education.   Southwestern University is deeply committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and especially encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.  For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at

Interested persons may submit a letter of interest; resume; the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references; and salary history and expectation to: Director of University Relations – Gift & Estate Planning, Job #540, Southwestern University, Office of Human Resources, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, TX, 78627-0770, or FAX:  512-863-1880, or e-mail to:

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Only those resumes that include all the information requested will be considered. Please, no third party submissions. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  Southwestern University is an equal opportunity employer.  EOE/M/F

Posted June 26, 2013.