Director of Gift Planning and Endowed Scholarships

TITLE:Director of Gift Planning and Endowed Scholarships
DATE POSTED: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
LOCATION: Longview
REPORTS TO: Vice President for Development


Office hours are primarily weekdays, but responsibilities require additional hours and flexibility that can include evenings and weekends.


The Director of Gift Planning and Endowed Scholarships is a full-time staff position which reports directly to the Vice President for University Development. The Director will plan/execute programs to enhance the University’s long-term stability and place it in a positon of financial strength by promoting programs benefiting both the donor and the University. The Director is responsible for managing current partners and developing new relationships in order to expand the circle of friends interested in supporting the University through endowed scholarship funds, annuities, trusts, other types of planned giving and current gifts. The Director will supervise the gift stewardship process as a means of developing and deepening personal friendships with supporters of the University. The Director will also use marketing techniques and special events to create an awareness of the gift planning services offered by the University. This engagement will include identifying, contacting and providing personal assistance to those interested in estate planning. The Director will play a key role in helping grow the University’s endowed scholarship fund through the creation of endowed scholarship agreements that provide criteria and specifications for the awarding of the scholarship funds.


LeTourneau seeks a person with an enthusiastic and maturing Christian faith who has an understanding of and is committed to the development of a dynamic Christian university where the integration of faith, the intrinsic value of work and academic excellence is paramount.

  • A qualified candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • At least three years planned giving experience in a non-profit setting, with formal training a plus.
  • Working knowledge of estate planning; wills, trusts, estate and gift tax laws.
  • Familiarity with current planned giving trends and available resources.
  • High level of communication skills both written, and in person or before groups.
  • Demonstrates the ability to relate well with people from a variety of backgrounds and interests.
  • Capability to appropriately manage sensitive and confidential information.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with Development team and key faculty and staff.
  • Requires a willingness to travel.



Applications will be reviewed in the order received and will continue until the position is filled.  In accordance with applicable provisions of federal law, applicants for employment who are in agreement with the educational mission of LeTourneau University and applicants for admission to educational programs or activities are considered without discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, handicapping condition, national origin or genetic information. Inquiries about this policy should be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (903) 233-4170.

Applications are required and are available from www.letu.edu/jobs or from the Business Office, LeTourneau University, 2100 Mobberly Avenue, Longview, TX.  Send completed application, and a current resume to:  
LeTourneau University
ATTN:  Human Resources
P.O. Box 7001
Longview, Texas 75607-7001
FAX (903) 233-4103
E-mail address:  HumanResources@letu.edu


LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community.

LETU is a Christ-centered, interdenominational institute of higher learning offering more than 85 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, aviation, business & technology, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, nursing, psychology & counseling and theology & vocation. LETU's 2,700 students represent nearly all 50 states, more than 30 foreign countries, and around 50 different denominational groups. In addition to residential programs at the main campus in Longview, Texas, students are enrolled in a robust suite of online programs, as well as innovative hybrid programs in the Dallas and Houston areas.

LETU is consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of "America's Best Colleges," and the engineering program is ranked nationally. LeTourneau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, at http://www.sacscoc.org) to award associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees. LeTourneau University's engineering and engineering technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: 410-347-7700. The Carnegie Foundation classifies LeTourneau University as a Master's (Comprehensive) University II.

The 162 acre main campus is located in Longview, Texas, a progressive hub city with an MSA of over 190,000, nestled among the beautiful pine-forested hills and lakes of East Texas. It is approximately 120 miles east of Dallas, Texas and 60 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana.

See http://www.letu.edu for more information.