Sr. Director, Charitable Gift Planning and Principal Gifts

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Development, Advancement, Senior-Level

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

The Sr. Director of Charitable Gift Planning and Principal Gifts is integral in attracting, soliciting, and stewarding the University’s most transformational gifts. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development, the Sr. Director of Charitable Gift Planning and Principal Gifts will lead the campus’ principal giving strategy working closely with the President, Vice President for University Advancement, deans, and other development officers while also managing the charitable gift planning staff.

Department Overview:

University Advancement is the primary fundraising arm of Boise State University. We work to build relationships and support for the university by developing and nurturing donor-centered relationships and stewarding gifts made in support of Boise State. University Advancement collaborates with the Boise State University Alumni Association, Boise State University Foundation, and the Bronco Athletic Association.


Create the best culture of philanthropy and alumni engagement of any public university in the country.


Collaboration – Engage all stakeholders to the benefit of the university.
Communication – We are clear, concise and consistent in all forms of communication.
Integrity – We are direct, truthful and follow through on our commitments.
Inclusion – We proactively reach out to and embrace all stakeholders.
Ownership – We share responsibilities and outcomes.
Continuous Improvement – We never settle and are always looking for ways to improve.
Performance – We plan, execute, measure and report.

Level Scope:

Recognized master in professional discipline with significant impact and influence on campus policy and program development. Establishes critical strategic and operational goals; develops and implements new products, processes, standards or operational plans to achieve strategies. Regularly leads projects of critical importance to the campus; these projects carry substantial consequences of success or failure. Requires significant influence and communication with executive leadership. Problems faced are frequently complex and multidimensional, requiring broad based consideration of variables that impact multiple areas of the organization.

Essential Functions:

60% of Time the Sr. Director of Charitable Gift Planning and Principal Gifts must:

● Serve as the University’s primary Principal Gift strategist working closely with the Vice President of Advancement and the Associate Vice President of Development to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward principal gifts level prospects and donors.

● Drive and manage strategic, consistent, personalized engagement with principal gift level donors and donor prospects, including meaningful interaction with campus leaders, faculty members, the Foundation Board of Directors, and other high-level volunteers.

● Manage and develop the charitable gift planning team, strategy, and marketing efforts to increase planned giving to Boise State. 

● Personally manage a high-level portfolio of alumni and friends with the capacity to make gifts of $1 million or more.

● Work closely with donors and their financial advisors to develop and implement planned giving strategies for estate, blended, and complex gifts that may involve non-cash assets such as closely held stock and real estate.

● Contribute to identifying, developing, and refining compelling gift opportunities to align principal gift donors' interests with the University’s priorities.

● Collaborate closely with campus leaders, including deans, department chairs, faculty, and college and athletics-based development staff to identify fundraising opportunities and accomplish fundraising goals.

● Plan, coordinate, and direct visits and special events for principal gift level prospects and donors.

35% of Time the Sr. Director of Charitable Gift Planning and Principal Gifts must:

● Align potential principal gifts donors with volunteer leadership opportunities, committees, activities, and/or events that are appropriate to their interests (or potential interests) and areas of expertise that deepen their engagement over time and facilitate significant philanthropic investment.

● Work closely with the President, Provost, and Athletic Director, as necessary and appropriate, to develop principal gift prospects.

● Provide overall support and management of the principal gift office. Ensure existing policies are kept up-to-date and develop new policies as needed.

● Keep up to date with the academic, athletic, and programmatic happenings at Boise State.

5% of Time the Sr. Director of Charitable Gift Planning and Principal Gifts must perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Strong project management and organizational competencies with a demonstrated aptitude for multitasking, attention to detail, and meeting competing and overlapping deadlines.

● Demonstrated ability to set, meet, and exceed goals and fundraising objectives.

● Experience with comprehensive higher education campaigns.

● Demonstrated proficiency and experience in managing relationships with high-level prospects to secure principal and major gifts.

● Superior written and verbal communication, interpersonal, relationship-building, and creative problem-solving skills.

● Working knowledge and documented experience involving estate planning or income, capital gain, and estate tax issues, preferably cultivating, soliciting, and closing principal, major and/or planned gifts.

● Demonstrated experience in illustrating, presenting, and closing complex planned gifts and structuring blended gifts.

● Dedicated work ethic-proactive, responsible, and reliable.

● Competency in navigating specialized donor databases, prospect research, and wealth screening programs.

● Must be willing to travel.

● Demonstrated management experience preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and 8 years of experience or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

● JD or Master's Degree

● Successful fundraising experience in higher education, including track record securing high-impact gifts ($1M+) from individuals. A particular emphasis is placed on experience with planned gift development or similar experience in working with high-net-worth individuals in private banking, financial services, financial planning, or related professions.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range starts at $105,000 and is commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for the position. Attach a resume that includes employment history (including dates of employment).

Position is open until filled.



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