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Director of Gift Planning

Univ Adv - Office of Gift Planning Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the alumni, faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

University Advancement’s Office of Gift Planning is seeking a Director of Gift Planning to join its team. The Director of Gift Planning reports directly to the Assistant Vice President for Gift Planning and serves as an expert or lead development professional in a highly specialized planned giving program at the University of Southern California.

Specific duties and expectations include:

  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of planned giving prospects; prepare and present planned giving proposals to major donors and prospects;
  • Prepare gift agreements, as well as documents to establish charitable gift annuities, charitable reminder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and other forms of planned gifts;
  • Be familiar with revocable and irrevocable bequest gifts made through living trusts and other estate planning instruments;
  • Act as a technical resource for donors, outside professionals, and development officers on complex gift vehicles, charitable tax deductions and related tax consequences
  • Educate USC development officers — as well the broader USC community — on issues surrounding planned and other major gifting techniques and developments;
  • Strategize and collaborate with other USC development officers on major gift prospects; Participate in professional organizations and maintain visibility in the local planned giving community; and Commitment to acquire and maintain a high level of planned giving technical proficiency.

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following preferred qualifications:

  • Graduate degree
  • J.D. or CPA designation

Required Application Documents:

  • Attached resume and cover letter required.

USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff & their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six (6) months of employment; tuition benefits for staff & their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles
location with easy access to commuter trains, buses & free tram pick up services; discounts to football, basketball & other campus events.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 7 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum Field of Expertise: Major campaign and fundraising experience.

REQ20068965 Posted Date: 12/17/2018

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