Director, Planned Giving

Posted by
National Park Foundation
Washington, DC
Published 18 days ago

Position Overview

The National Park Foundation seeks an experienced planned giving professional to lead a young, rapidly growing planned giving program and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors. 


The ideal candidate will bring broad fundraising experience to the Planned and Annual Giving department in addition to successful tactics to further grow the planned giving program. The Director must work well in a fast-paced work environment. Additionally, the Director must have a strong background in building relationships, motivating staff, working collaboratively with other fundraisers, and effectively communicating complex concepts both internally and externally. The candidate will be a strategic thinker who has developed and implemented large-scale fundraising efforts. 


This is an exciting time for the National Park Foundation as we prepare to launch a campaign designed to mobilize the efforts of the 400+ park partner community in support of the National Park System. This “collective campaign” will result in more money raised for the parks, more impact in the parks, and increased capacity of park partners. This unique approach to support America’s National Parks will create fundraising urgency and opportunities of national significance. 


Essential Functions/Duties/Tasks

·      Close traditional and complex planned gifts, including but not limited to 

bequests, charitable gift annuities, remainder trusts, and gifts of real estate. 

·      Along with the Sr. Vice President, Planned and Annual Giving, execute short- and long-term planned giving plans and strategies to achieve goals, build upon existing commitments, and expand the current donor base pipeline to support the National Park Foundation’s mission. 

·      Collaborate with fellow directors on the Planned and Annual Giving team to create and execute a comprehensive approach to generating planned gifts for the Foundation, leveraging donors from both the mid-level and direct response programs to ensure the growth and success of the entire program.  

·      Oversee multi-channel marketing and communications efforts to promote planned giving to prospective donors and help build a robust pipeline of donors and prospects. 

·      Manage a portfolio of planned giving donors and prospects for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. 

·      Supervise estate gift administration efforts to ensure appropriate stewardship and closure of realized gifts. 

·      Manage the internal budget, track invoices/expenses, provide regular written reports, and manage vendor relationships. 

·      Direct stewardship and recognition programs for planned giving donors and ensure effective regular communication and retention. 

·      Supervise, coach, and motivate a team of two individuals. 


Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

·      Proven success closing traditional and complex planned gifts. 

·      Experienced in techniques and best practices for marketing to and soliciting estate planning audiences; must be familiar with current laws and regulations pertaining to soliciting planned gifts. 

·      Knowledge of and/or experience with non-profit campaigns, specifically rules relating to planned gift acceptance and counting.  

·      Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines to achieve program goals. 

·      Strong written and oral communication skills and the particular ability to communicate effectively with older donors. 

·      Ability to maintain professionalism while completing responsibilities in a precise, dedicated, and flexible manner. 

·      Experience managing colleagues and working collaboratively within an effective and highly motivated team.  

·      High ethical standards and commitment to adhere to and promote AFP’s Donor Bill of Rights and CGP’s Model Standards of Practice for the Charitable Gift Planner.  

·      Commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.  

Preferred education and experience

·      Bachelor’s degree required. 

·      Minimum of 10 years’ experience in non-profit fundraising and a minimum of 5 years working in planned giving/gift planning specifically. 

·      Commitment to promote the mission and values of the National Park Foundation, which may include a personal passion for the environment, conservation, preservation, wildlife, history, or culture. 

·      Understanding of common industry databases and software including, but not limited to; Raiser’s Edge (NXT), PG Calc or Crescendo, and Microsoft Office Suite. 


Description of physical demands and work environment

·      This position has traditionally been based in the Washington DC headquarters. Options for remote work or telework may be considered.

·      Standard working office environment. 

·      Local and national travel will be required, estimated 25-30%. 

·      Some evening and weekend hours will be required for outreach or event participation. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is often required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. This position may require working overtime, travel and long periods of standing. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Professional attire is required. 

Position Overview

The National Park Foundation seeks an experienced planned giving professional to lead a young, rapidly growing planned giving program and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors. 


The ideal candidate will bring…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Washington, DC, USA

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