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Director of Gift Planning- Great Plains Region

Director of Gift Planning- Great Plains Region

locationFort Collins, CO 80525, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

 Director of Gift Planning

Great Plains Region

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Gift Planning for its Great Plains Region covering the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota with the following fundraising responsibilities:

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit planned and deferred gifts from individuals who are part of an identified prospect portfolio to help support the conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited.  
  • Coordinate with Conservation and Development partners on proposals to secure funding for DU’s habitat conservation priorities as defined by the Strategic Plan, and to include support for operations, conservation in key landscapes, educational programs, and the permanent endowment. 
  • Partner with event fundraising staff and volunteers to raise awareness of DU’s planned giving program (Feather Society) and increase philanthropic revenue in the region.
  • Engage volunteer leadership to motivate and guide DU volunteers to assist with planned gift fundraising.
  • Serve as a staff liaison to States Campaign Committee.  
  • Achieve goals established in Development Annual Work Plan.


Experience and Education: Completed Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of four years fundraising or related experience with an emphasis on planned / estate giving and a strong conservation ethic. Familiarity with major gifts fundraising, experience with comprehensive fundraising campaigns, relationships in and a working knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.   

Communication Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills

Technological Proficiency: Working knowledge of planned giving vehicles. Computer literacy with a proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database management programs

Interpersonal Skills: Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team-building skills. Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other fundraising professionals and volunteers. Self-starter who can work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. 

The selected candidate should have the desire and ability to travel extensively and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon location, with emphasis on the Greater Denver area

SALARY AND BENEFITS PACKAGE:  Salary commensurate with experience. We work hard to encourage everyone at Ducks Unlimited to bring their authentic selves to work every day. DU offers an exceptional benefit package that includes comprehensive group medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance, including spouse and dependent coverage; three weeks paid vacation; paid sick leave and 10 paid holidays; 401(k) plan (including partial employer match); and tuition reimbursement.

Application Instructions: Submit a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and a resume highlighting your qualifications along with three professional references. For internal candidates, log into https://workforcenow.adp.com with your employee credentials, click MYSELF, TALENT, CAREER CENTER and follow the prompts to APPLY.  For external candidates, visit www.ducks.org/jobs select the job title and follow the prompts to APPLY.

Application deadline:  Resume review will begin then and continue until the position is filled. For more information regarding this position, please contact Human Resources at careers@ducks.org


It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, military status, disability, age, or genetic information except where age or gender is a bona fide occupational qualification as allowed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 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.