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Director of Gift Planning

Company: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Date Posted: August 10, 2017

Director of Gift Planning
Southern Region

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Gift Planning for the 13 states comprising the Southern Region with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with the Managing Director of Gift Planning and the Managing Director of Development to enhance and expand the gift planning program in the Southern Region.
  • Present the Ducks Unlimited story and mission to motivate supporters to include DU in their gift and estate planning.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit planned gifts from individuals that are part of an identified prospect portfolio to support the endowment and conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited and ensure the success of the $2.0 billion Rescue Our Wetlands campaign.
  • Coordinate with conservation and development colleagues to develop proposals and secure funding for Ducks Unlimited’s priorities as defined in the Strategic Plan, to include support for the endowment, operations, conservation in key landscapes and educational programs.
  • Steward existing gift planning donors to foster their ongoing relationship with DU.
  • Partner with event and conservation staff to raise awareness of DU’s planned giving program to increase estate gift commitments within the region.
  • Collaborate with other fundraising staff to assist in achieving all annual fundraising team goals.
  • Develop a regional network of planning professionals willing to assist with the gift planning program.
  • Secure appropriate documentation on planned gifts.
  • Work closely with the staff liaison and the State Campaign Committee in assigned states.
  • Work with the volunteer leadership to motivate and guide all volunteers to assist with the gift planning program.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of the gift planning marketing program.
  • Achieve goals established in Annual Work Plan.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years of fundraising experience with an emphasis on gift planning or equivalent financial/estate planning experience and a strong conservation ethic.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Four-year degree (Bachelor’s) from an accredited university
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to and experience with prospect moves management
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other fundraising professionals and volunteers
  • Computer literacy with a proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database management programs

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who has the ability to work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. Familiarity or experience with major gift fundraising, a working knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  This position reports to the Managing Director of Gift Planning, Chris Cole, who may be contacted for additional information about the position at

Candidates must be willing to work hours that extend outside of the typical workday and workweek throughout the year; significant overnight travel is required.

The successful candidate will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon city in the region, with easy access to commercial airlines.

To apply internally as an employee, log into with your employee credentials, click MYSELF, TALENT, CAREER CENTER and follow the prompts to APPLY.  Review of applicants will begin on September 5, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions),  sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression,  age (40 or over), disability (physical, mental or visual), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), military and veteran status, immigration status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.