Vanderbilt University Associate Director of Development, Planned Giving in Nashville, Tennessee

Associate Director of Development, Planned Giving (Job Number: 1800403)


The Associate Director of Planned Giving assists in planning and implementing the programmatic vision for Development and Alumni Relation’s (DAR) Planned Giving office.

The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University’s teaching and research programs. In support of its purpose, and in response to existing and emerging needs of Vanderbilt University, the department is seeking an experienced and proven development professional to serve as the Associate Director of Planned Giving.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interact directly with donors to address all aspects of the personal, financial, legal and tax consequences of charitable giving, especially life income gifts and bequests, including preparation of letter proposals, personalized calculations and use of printed materials.

  • Consult with and provide support to VU staff, including Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) executives and administrators, Development Officers, academic deans and others.

  • Respond in timely fashion to inquiries from the staff and donors relating to Planned Gifts by providing useful information, calculations and options for planned gifts.

  • Concentrate on increasing the number of gifts being finalized each year by the Planned Giving Office by identifying and cultivating new prospects, including acting as contact person between Planned Giving and donor research department.

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 70-75 major gift prospects and donors.

  • Perform various administrative tasks related to the solicitation and administration of gifts to VU, including transmitting necessary documentation and information to VU’s office of Investment, General Counsel or others, as necessary.

  • This position will interact with a wide variety of University leaders, faculty, staff, and constituents, including the Board of Trust;

  • Further enhancement of the University’s marketing and publicity efforts related to planned giving.

  • Work with the Executive Director to establish fundraising goals and strategies for annual and comprehensive campaigns.

  • Continuously compile, review, and analyze project outcomes against established goals, objectives, and timelines;

  • Recommend process improvement for program and services;

  • Use appropriate resources to effectively and efficiently resolve problems.

  • Uphold departmental and institutional policies regarding confidential information.

  • Work cooperatively with DAR colleagues and develop strong working relationships with other University offices.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Relevant Master’s degree is preferred with knowledge of estate planning, federal and state tax law as it impacts charitable giving

  • Preference will be given to candidates with at least 3 years within a higher education/research institution.

  • Demonstrated success in managing a portfolio of prospects and securing six figure gifts from individuals.

  • Superior organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University

  • Candidate must also have the capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment. The ability to apply sound judgment skills in all situations, especially related to management, donor issues, and budget, is required. A detailed working knowledge of Vanderbilt University is preferred. Meticulous attention to detail is a must.

  • Travel, along with occasional evening and weekend work, is required.

  • Exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of education and research.

  • Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

About VanderbiltBenefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About VanderbiltUniversity

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”


Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 42312 - Development Teams

Job: External Affairs & Communications Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action