Associate Director of Development, Gift Planning

Job title: Associate Director of Development, Gift Planning
Organization: Miami University
Location: Oxford, Ohio
Industry: Higher Education

Job Description

The Associate Director of Development, Gift Planning is responsible for providing charitable gift and estate planning information to the Miami University community, including donors, prospective donors, and volunteers. The incumbent will build upon the program’s solid foundation and will work cooperatively with volunteers, faculty and staff to increase the volume of life income gifts, bequests, other planned gifts, gifts of real estate and gifts in kind in support of the university’s academic mission.

Miami University is a public university founded in 1809 with over 200,000 alumni and 20,000 enrolled students. 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 embark upon its next comprehensive campaign, 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:


  • Responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately 100-150 planned gift prospects on behalf of Miami University.
  • Travel on a regional and national basis to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward planned gift prospects and donors.
  • Assist with planned gift marketing efforts.
  • Encourage and coordinate alumni and friends’ involvement through campus visits and off-campus events.
  • Attend events such as those for the Society of Miami Emeriti/Retirees and Hughes Society events as needed as a representative of the Office of Development.
  • Assist in development of gift planning articles, brochures, website review, etc. as needed.
  • Perform other duties related to the mission of the Office of Development under the Assistant Vice President of Development, Gift Planning.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; minimum of 3 years of experience in development, law, financial services, marketing or other related field; volunteer work may be counted towards this requirement. Outstanding oral and written communication skills; commitment to collaborative approach to fundraising; excellent organizational skills; exceptional attention to detail; ability and willingness to travel on both a regional and national basis.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree; 5 or more years of experience in development, law, financial services, accounting or other related field. Experience in an educational setting.