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Director of Planned Giving

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Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

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Director of Planned Giving

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The Opportunity

The Director of Planned Giving is a key member of the Office of College Advancement team. Primary responsibilities include leading, administering, and evaluating a Planned Giving Program that secures philanthropic support for key institutional priorities through bequest intentions, charitable gift annuities, trusts, and other gift planning vehicles.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development, the Director will direct all aspects of Marist's growing Planned Giving Program, while actively managing a portfolio to support Marist through major planned gifts. The person in this role will lead communication and marketing initiatives to promote planned giving, including advertisements, brochures, newsletters, and the College's planned giving web page, in addition to planning and executing targeted planned giving events. S/he will administer the College's Legacy Society, providing high level stewardship for existing members and actively recruiting new members. The Director will provide planned giving counsel and ongoing professional development to the Advancement team and assist gift officers with planned giving proposals related to their individual portfolios.


The ideal candidate will be a seasoned planned giving professional with 7 or more years of higher education development experience and a track record of fundraising success. Must have high-level interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. An ability to think strategically and develop and implement thoughtful planned giving strategies is essential. A working knowledge of planned giving marketing is also desired. Must be energetic, self-directed, and committed to the mission of Marist College. Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred.

About Marist College Advancement

As Marist has grown, so have its development efforts. The College successfully completed its first comprehensive campaign in 2012, raising nearly $160 million on an ambitious goal of $150 million. 14,388 donors contributed to the Campaign for Marist, including 21 gifts of $1 million or more. Significant support was secured for major capital initiatives, the faculty, and the establishment of more than 40 new endowed scholarships.

In 2009, Marist received an extraordinary $75 million bequest from industrialist Raymond A. Rich, the largest gift in the history of the College and a cornerstone of the campaign. The bequest consisted of a 60-acre riverfront estate that contains The Payne Mansion, one of the most historically and architecturally significant homes in the Hudson River Valley and a $10 million endowment to support the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development, housed at the estate.

The College's alumni, now more than 39,000 strong, are highly engaged. Alumni are increasingly successful in their careers and supporting Marist in growing numbers. Additionally, Marist has an impressive record of development success with prominent philanthropists in the surrounding region. The institution also benefits greatly from an expanding cadre of highly supportive parents.

The Advancement team consists of 23 individuals working in four departments including development, alumni relations, advancement services, and public affairs.

The Campus

Marist College is a comprehensive, independent, liberal arts institution located in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York State, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital. Situated on a 210-acre campus overlooking the Hudson River, it enrolls 4,787 traditional undergraduate, 799 graduate, and 543 continuing education students. Marist also has a branch campus in Florence, Italy, and extension sites throughout New York. Marist has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, TIME Magazine, The Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges, and Barron's Best Buys in College Education, and is noted for being a pioneer in the area of online degree programs.

More than $200 million in capital construction and improvements have been completed on the Marist College campus over the past decade. The Hancock Center, a technology building designed by Robert A. M. Stern, was completed in spring 2011. August 2011, the College opened a new pedestrian underpass that provides a safe, direct link for those wishing to cross Route 9. The McCann Recreation Center recently received a $7.5 million makeover. The spring 2014 semester saw the completion of the new Multipurpose Academic Building and renovated Student Center projects. The buildings are now being fully utilized by students, faculty, and staff. Currently, a new science and allied health building, which will house the College's new Physician Assistant Program, is nearing completion and is due to open early next year. Finally, work has begun on the North Campus Housing project, a major new initiative to meet strong student demand for on-campus housing.

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Only online applications are accepted.

Marist College is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and is especially interested in receiving applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, and persons from other under-represented groups.


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