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Senior Director of Gift Planning

Ball State University

Last Updated: 5/26/23

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BSUF Development

Senior Director of Gift Planning

Ball State University

Ball State University welcomes applications for a Senior Director of Gift Planning.

The Ball State University Foundation is expanding.

Now is your chance to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to reinventing higher education through philanthropy and cutting-edge partnerships. You’d be joining as we embark on our most ambitious fundraising goal ever — $300 million to take student support to the next level, both financially and academically.

If you’re looking for a high-achieving work environment with a culture of camaraderie and a mission to change lives, check out the job details below.

The Senior Director of Gift Planning is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects with the inclination to create a planned or major gift to the university, and manages a portfolio of prospects and donors while collaborating with partner gift officers throughout the university.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. At least three years of successful fundraising experience, including experience communicating with donors considering donating gifts of accumulated wealth. Willingness and ability to travel; possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the university’s auto fleet policy. Travel is required to other locations, both on and off campus, within the region and to other areas of the country. Work is usually performed in an office setting or remotely when travel needs dictate. Evening and weekend work will occasionally be required. Knowledge of the principles of fundraising; knowledge of the financial, tax, and legal aspects of charitable giving as well as an enthusiastic willingness to expand that knowledge base. Familiarity with the various gift planning vehicles and how to apply them in an individual situation. The ability to understand and articulate the objectives of the University Advancement division, and to integrate and execute individually assigned goals within those objectives. An interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the university’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent working relationships with university constituencies. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills. Personal belief in mission, goals and objectives of public higher education. Demonstrated success as a team player and a good sense of humor. Adherence to the highest ethical standards, empathetic disposition, perseverance, optimistic, intellectually curious and positive attitude. Sensitive to matching the needs and priorities of a donor with those of the university. Ability to work both independently and as part of a high performing team. Capacity to work quickly while paying attention to details. Must be able to work under pressure of deadlines and well-defined goals. Works independently and provides updates to supervisor and related stakeholders as needed. Generally prioritizes, initiates contacts and sets own travel schedule. Must be self-motivated in initiating contacts with prospects, also expected to work in a collegial manner with development team in creating and implementing overall department strategies leading to new gift opportunities. In addition to these general skills and ability, the position requires the ability to lead, participate in, and advise all aspects of a donor’s gift process and to maintain consistent stewardship contacts with assigned donors.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree from an accredited institution. At least three years of successful fundraising experience in higher education. A basic knowledge of proposing and closing various estate and life income gifts is desired.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through July 24, 2021.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...