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Gift Planning Officer

Advancement, Fundraising, Other


Gift Planning Officer

  • 522470
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • University Development
  • Advancement
  • Fundraising
  • Other
  • Administrative & Professional
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

Explore a career in charitable gift planning with Virginia Tech’s award-winning Advancement program by joining one of the university’s most seasoned fundraising units. The Gift Planning team at Virginia Tech offers the opportunity to help the university’ alumni and friends discover how easy and meaningful it can be to experience the joy of making significant gifts to Virginia Tech.

With the guidance of the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning and the Director of Gift Planning, the Gift Planning Officer will be responsible for implementing a plan to discover and follow up on prospective donors who may be interested in considering gifts through wills, non-cash gifts, and life income plans.

The Gift Planning Officer will fulfill these duties by partnering with the university’s Marketing, Communications, and other Advancement professionals with specific expertise to execute projects that promote the ways of giving and encourage prospective donors to seek more information or to share information about existing gifts. The Gift Planning Officer will also work with the various colleges and units on campus as well as the University’s Cornerstone Alumni – those who have graduated more than 50 years ago – to explore opportunities to engage in activities to promote the ways of giving and encourage others to reach out for more information.

In addition, the Gift Planning Officer will have responsibility for ensuring follow up on leads generated by these activities in order to explore potential gift conversations. Such follow up efforts will include the coordination of responses to bequest notifications and requests for information, monitoring efforts of other gift officers to attempt to engage these leads, and personally engaging a select group of leads.

Required Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree and significant related experience. Related experience includes fundraising, sales, marketing, advertising, public relations, communications, or another related field

- Demonstrated experience managing projects

- Demonstrated strong communication, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications

- Demonstrated experience in working with large data sets

- Demonstrated experience in working with large, matrixed organizations

- Demonstrated experience working in higher education or for a non-profit organization

- Demonstrated experience working with charitable gift planning, and or fundraising.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Advancement HR at advhr@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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