Suffolk University is a private, urban university located in the
heart of downtown Boston. Our college green is the Boston Common
and we are steps from dozens of historic sites including the Old
State House, Faneuil Hall, City Hall and the Massachusetts State
House. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk
Suffolk has been committed to creating an exceptional learning
experience since 1906. Our vision is to be recognized as a dynamic
institution that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship,
innovative thinking, and community collaboration across
disciplines. We will ensure that Suffolk graduates are versatile
and prepared for modern society and the new world market. We will
provide rich curricula, experiential learning opportunities and
professional mentoring through increased collaboration with alumni
and community partners. We will recruit, mentor, and support a
diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who are passionately committed
to preparing our students to be leaders in the global community. We
will inspire investment in a Suffolk community that is built on
ethical, forward-thinking leadership, teamwork, and
We compete for the best talent. We are an equal opportunity
employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking
applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of
race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability,
national origin or LGBTQ status. As part of our commitment we
encourage you to complete the demographic portion of the
application in addition to submitting your cover letter and
resume/CV as it will assist us in targeting our recruitment
Please note that Suffolk University conducts background checks as a
condition of employment.
We are also committed to the well-being of our employees. Our
terrific benefits package for benefits-eligible positions include,
but are not limited to:
- Generous paid time-off programs and commitment to work-life
- Tuition free course benefits in the College of Arts and
Sciences and in the Sawyer Business School for employees with
additional tuition benefits for spouses, domestic partners, and
- Top-notch well-being care available through Harvard Pilgrim
Medical/Delta Dental and a Flexible Spending Account
- Pre-tax commuter benefit
- Employee Assistance Program that provides employees and their
family members with initial assessment, referrals and short-term
counseling for personal and work challenges
- Discounted home and auto insurance
Suffolk University is pleased to announce the career opportunity
for Associate Director of Planned Giving!
Suffolk University is one of the area’s leading universities and
the only one situated in the center of Boston. Founded in 1906, the
University is comprised of three esteemed schools—the College of
Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University Law School, and the Sawyer
Business School. Suffolk’s 85,000+ alumni are professionally
successful and civically engaged, and they reside in Massachusetts,
across the United States, and in over 150 countries. Suffolk is
beginning an exciting new era and building a comprehensive
Advancement program to support the University and its plans for the
Suffolk University’s Planned Giving Program is critical to
advancing the University’s mission and securing Suffolk’s long-term
future. Planned Gifts serve as a vital source of revenue and as an
incubator for major donor prospects who will make their ultimate
gift. Planned Giving programs develop and implement comprehensive
fundraising strategies for the engagement, acquisition,
stewardship, retention and upgrading of donations from alumni,
staff, family, and friends.
Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, the Associate Director,
Planned Giving, will work in concert with Senior Advancement Staff
and Major Gift Officers to build a program that creates an identity
and commitment to Suffolk University. This position will identify
and secure philanthropic support for the University with a specific
focus on the planned giving vehicles that Suffolk University offers
to its constituents. The position will be principally responsible
for promoting the Frost Society, Suffolk’s planned giving society,
which honors constituents who establish Suffolk in their wills and
trusts, make life-income agreements, or name Suffolk as an
irrevocable beneficiary of life insurance policies or
This position will also provide oversight of the planned giving
society program goals, develop a working group of Estate Planning
volunteers, implement marketing strategies and recognition efforts,
as well as secure leadership level giving through the support of
selected Reunion classes and the Half Century Club.
55% Frost Society Program Management
- Build, implement and manage a volunteer program to expand
giving society membership at all leadership levels.
- Market the Frost Society of Suffolk to key constituencies.
- Plan, coordinate, supervise and implement the various volunteer
activities to reach fundraising goals and objectives for reunion
classes and alumni board giving committees, and ensure these
committees reach their full potential.
- Create, maintain and distribute fundraising materials,
quarterly newsletters and manage the planned giving website.
- In partnership with Major Gift Officers, Annual Giving and
Alumni Relations staff, identify and work with planned giving
- Support volunteers through regular contact including personal
visits, e-mail, and phone.
- Maintain a high level of attention to detail as it relates to
managing solicitation reports shared with volunteers, creating
written solicitation strategies with volunteers, accomplishing
projects and tasks in the prescribed timeframe, and keeping
colleagues engaged and informed as needed concerning program
- Plan and implement giving society stewardship events.
40% Planned Giving Fundraising :
- In partnership with Major Gift Officers, Annual Giving and
Alumni Relations staff, identify and solicit planned giving
prospects to implement various planned giving vehicles, including,
but not limited to, wills, trusts and gift annuities.
- Arrange and staff a minimum of 75 personal visits and
collaborate with the frontline staff on major and principal gift
- Analyze and set giving society goals for the program overall,
along with membership giving from alumni, parents and friends.
- Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward current and potential
Frost Society donors to achieve increased goals in membership.
- Regularly solicit new Planned Gifts to ensure goals are
5% Other duties & expectations :
- Attend and staff events as assigned.
- Collaborate with other University offices to meet Suffolk’s
- Participate in professional development activities to raise
Suffolk’s visibility and to maintain the Associate Director’s
professional knowledge in the field.
- Participate as an active member of the University community by
attending regular campus meetings and events (athletic events and
student performances, Academic Awards, Convocation, and
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Demonstrate significant experience of at least 5 years in
Advancement and proficient knowledge of planned giving fundraising,
especially wills, trusts, and other planned giving vehicles.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with, lead, and train a
diverse team of volunteers to reach fundraising goals, and work
both independently and as part of a team.
- Willingness and ability to work confidently with a variety of
prospects, donors, and volunteers.
- Excellent written and oral communication
- Superior organizational
- Detail oriented.
- Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge NXT or other
alumni-philanthropic database software, preferred.
- Proficiency in Microsoft
- Ability to work weekends and evenings when needed.
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and a
strong commitment to help developing and implementing the
University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policies and
- Willingness to perform other duties as assigned
Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the
basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed,
sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status,
disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in
admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its
programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an
affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is
dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty
and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who
contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are
committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We
strongly encourage applications from groups historically
marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender,
religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or
LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in
candidates who, through their training, service and experience,
will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University