Job Posting: Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving

Company: University of Washington

Date Posted: Apr 13, 2021

The University of Washington, one of the nation’s premier public R1 institutions, seeks an energetic and experienced leader to assume the role of Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving.

The University of Washington has retained BRYANT GROUP to manage the search for the Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving.

The University recently completed a $6.3B comprehensive capital campaign that is positively impacting students today and into the future.

The successful candidate will embrace the University of Washington’s values, particularly regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, thrives in a complex and fast-paced environment, has a track record of success in building and sustaining relationships that lead to planned and principal gift fundraising success, and can develop and implement a vision that others wish to follow.

Experience in an academic institution, or a comprehensive nonprofit organization, or as an estate attorney, or as a financial planner will be considered. The Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving will be based in Seattle, Washington, an exciting city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty.

Position Description:

The Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving will serve as a key development and administrative leader for University Advancement, overseeing and ensuring the success of the Office of Planned Giving. In alignment with the values and goals of University Advancement, the AVP will develop, manage, and evaluate a comprehensive planned giving program for UW, based on consultations with UA leadership, UW colleagues, volunteers, and other advancement staff. One key priority is the support and growth of the talented members of the Planned Giving team. The planned giving program will focus on promoting and securing traditional planned gifts, facilitating complex outright gifts and pledges, and ensuring an appropriate focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the program. The AVP will support the development of robust, life-long relationships between the UW and current and prospective donors, with a particular focus on fostering alignment of donor interest and institutional values and priorities.

This leader will serve as the University’s lead planned gift strategist, prioritizing the effort to increase the pipeline for planned gifts and the ongoing opportunities to innovate in all ways. The AVP will promote the alignment of gift impact to advance University priorities while ensuring the team’s strategy aligns with institutional values, including the UW’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will work ecumenically across all University programs and departments and will collaborate closely with a broad spectrum of individuals, including individual prospective donors and their advisors, volunteers, and others at the University of Washington.

The AVP will help instill greater fluency and skills among fundraisers to inspire planned gifts, thereby adding value to their individual and collective efforts. Additionally, this person will directly engage, cultivate, and steward alumni and friends of the University as they consider their philanthropic support. Priorities include serving as part of various UA leadership teams and investing in the success and growth of the individual members of the Office of Planned Giving.


A bachelor’s degree and 8-10 years of experience developing and managing relationships with a portfolio of individuals who can be high-level prospective planned gift donors
Experience building and sustaining internal and external relationships
Empowering, supporting and managing a high-performing team

Application Procedure: To be considered for the Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving opportunity at the University of Washington, please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to:

John Toolan,
Vice President, BRYANT GROUP

Preference will be given to resumes received before April 26, 2021.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

Contact Info:
John Toolan,
Vice President, BRYANT GROUP

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