Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College has distinguished itself as a leader in residential liberal arts education. The College is consistently ranked among the top 55 liberal arts colleges in the country and offers an intimate and collaborative learning environment with renowned faculty, unique research opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities. Gettysburg’s campus sits adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Today, Gettysburg enrolls 2,400 undergraduate students from over 40 states and nearly 40 countries. With 224 full-time faculty, the College boasts a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 65 academic programs. In March of 2022, the Board of Trustees approved Gettysburg’s new strategic plan, “Living Our Promise,” with the goal to inspire students to lead lives of meaning, service, and consequence. The plan advances this essential work and marries the excellence of a rigorous liberal arts and sciences education with a student experience that intentionally integrates learning that occurs inside and outside of the classroom.
As Gettysburg College begins the foundational phase of our next comprehensive campaign, we are seeking new colleagues who share our team values of self-motivation, adaptability, a bias to act, commitment to colleagues, planning, collaboration, and communication.
The division of College Advancement has a record of achieving engagement and fundraising success. In the last two years, our fundraising results have doubled and we are investing necessary resources to build on this significant momentum. Collaborating with Washburn & McGoldrick, our campaign counsel, we have strong internal and external support for our fundraising team and our comprehensive campaign.
The Associate Director of Gift Planning is a member of the gift planning team within College Advancement. This 3-person team works closely with colleagues within the division and across campus – the vice president of college advancement, annual giving, leadership giving, prospect research, alumni and parent relations, donor relations and stewardship, are a few examples. The gift planning team is responsible for the qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects (alumni, parents, and friends), with a special focus on gift planning prospects. The Associate Director of Gift Planning carries a portfolio of approximately 125 assigned prospects, most of whom are likely to be interested in establishing a planned gift commitment within the next 5 years. The Associate Director of Gift Planning regularly meets with donors and prospects, both virtually and in-person, supports campus relationships, and devises and executes strategies for engagement, solicitation and stewardship.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. At least two years of successful development experience or relevant background in financial planning, wealth management, or estate planning is required; gift planning experience is strongly preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of common gift planning, estate and financial planning, or wealth planning vehicles is preferred. A background in law or tax is beneficial. We seek candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of alumni, parents, students, colleagues, and community members. Organizational and time management skills are essential, as is the ability to work effectively both as part of a team and independently. Professional conduct and appropriate handling of confidential information is required. Must have a valid driver’s license, as driving is an essential function of the position.
In keeping with its strategic focus, Gettysburg College is interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to participating in building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community.
The Associate Director of Gift Planning is a 12 month, full-time administrative appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience and is complemented by an excellent benefits package.
College Advancement is committed to staff development and exploring opportunities for colleagues to pursue their professional goals. We value individual differences and strive to offer a work environment that fosters employee satisfaction and retention. The Associate Director of Gift Planning is eligible to request a hybrid or remote status in accordance with the College’s Remote and Hybrid Work Policy.
Please visit our website to submit application materials through our on-line system: https://gettysburg.peopleadmin.com/postings/4473
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Those interested in applying are encouraged to submit their materials no later than July 15.
Gettysburg College, an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and admission. The College prohibits discrimination and harassment, and provides equal opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital/familial status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) as compared to a high school diploma, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic information in all aspects of employment, educational programs, activities, and admissions. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Gettysburg College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (i.e., which includes but is not limited to the prohibition of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual assault and harassment) in all of its educational programs and activities.