Sr. Director, Gift Planning

Posted on 09/13/2021

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Sr. Director, Gift Planning, Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement [R0126654]

Profile of the University 

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV   is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region’s diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.  For more information, visit us on line at:

Commitment to Diversity 

The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.

About the UNLV Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement 

  • The Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement (PAE) fosters relationships with alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations and encourages private financial support for the students, faculty, research, and innovative programs that distinguish UNLV as an exceptional university.
  • PAE currently employs nearly 100 team members. We seek to hire talented professionals who will share the university’s vision for excellence in academics and research, as well as a commitment to the relationships built between UNLV and its alumni and friends.
  • UNLV is a vibrant campus, a supportive workplace, and has tools to help you achieve professional and personal growth. We offer a variety of career opportunities and generous compensation packages
  • Living Our Values: As a team member of PAE, you will be part of a growing, inclusive division that values integrity, trust, excellence, teamwork, and respect.

Role of the Position 

The Senior Director of Gift Planning serves as the lead gift and estate planning fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Development team. The Senior Director will plan, manage, and execute gift planning activities for the UNLV campus while also managing a Gift Planning team.

The Senior Director will be responsible for developing a robust and comprehensive planned giving program, managing a portfolio of planned giving prospects with the capacity to make transformational gifts. Responsibilities will include generating philanthropic gifts from donors through multiple complex planned giving vehicles such as testamentary bequests, charitable trusts, life income, real estate, and closely-held securities. In addition to managing a personal portfolio of donors, the Senior Director will provide guidance and consultation on gift planning to the UNLV campus community constituents that include, Deans, Vice Presidents, Development Professionals and other key constituents.

The Senior Director has the responsibility to lead efforts to secure transformational estate gifts that may impact campus-wide initiatives and to actively develop a pipeline of future planned giving donors to UNLV. He/She will be a strong collaborator within the Division and with individual departments such as Alumni engagement, Communications, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Development, Board Relations, and Prospect Research Services. The Senior Director will work with trustees and volunteers to identify and cultivate prospective donors.

The Senior Director implements an integrated and comprehensive gift planning program that can leverage the tremendous potential within the UNLV global community to maximize planned gift opportunities for the benefit of strategic initiatives.

The Senior Director will recruit and manage a group of professionals (estate planners, attorneys, trust officers, etc.) who will serve as a Gift Planning Advisory Council.

The Senior Director may be required to work evenings and/or weekends as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Regular travel will be required.


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of five years of experience in planned giving fundraising experience within a large research university or as a practicing attorney with philanthropic expertise is required. Candidate must have one or more years of managerial experience and supervisory experience. Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.

Salary Range 

Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding.

Application Details 

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on September 30, 2021 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or

Special Instructions for Internal NSHE Candidates 

UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type “Find Jobs” in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, <R0126654> in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.

Safety and Security Statement A

UNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report compliance document is available online.

EEO/AA Statement 

UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

TITLE IX Statement 

UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy-related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color or religion pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13 of the NSHE Handbook. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at, by phone at (702) 895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.

Required Attachment(s)

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted.

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