Administrative Staff Positions
Gift Planning Officer
Symphony Nova Scotia is truly Nova Scotia’s orchestra. With a home base in Halifax and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia reaches more than 50,000 Nova Scotians of all ages each year with some of the most innovative concerts and educational offerings in the country.
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Gift Planning Officer’s primary responsibilities are to organize, coordinate and execute a comprehensive gift planning program that builds relationships and increases support of the mission of Symphony Nova Scotia. The successful candidate will manage a portfolio of donors and prospects; develop relationships with allied professionals, communicate with legal representatives in the settlement of estate gifts and complete documents regarding planned gifts in a timely and accurate manner. You must possess superior interpersonal and organizational skills and thrive in a team environment.
As a member of the Symphony’s development team, the Gift Planning Officer will:
Meet with prospects and donors to cultivate, solicit and steward planned and current gifts.
Collaborate with other staff to identify prospects.
Develop planned giving marketing initiatives which include building strong relationships with professional advisors.
Develop strategies to ensure data is captured, managed and used to maximize the value of planned giving activities.
Integrate the gift planning program with all Symphony fundraising initiatives.
Provide expert advice and guidance to the Symphony and Foundation in all facets of gift planning and estate management.
Represent the Symphony in professional associations such as CAGP.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
To be successful in the strategic development and growth of the Symphony’s Planned Giving program, the Gift Planning Officer will possess:
Minimum of 3 years of planned giving experience with demonstrated success in developing a strategic direction and delivering results to a planned giving program.
Astute when dealing with accountants, lawyers, wealth management consultants and other professional advisors to facilitate bequests, insurance, and gifts of marketable securities.
Excellent understanding of complex planned giving vehicles such as bequests, charitable remainder trusts, donor advised funds, life insurance, annuities, gifts of stock, etc.
Knowledge of fundraising software
University education or equivalent work experience
Membership in CAGP or like organization and/or professional fundraiser’s designation are all assets
An exceptional relationship builder, known for maintaining long-term, successful interactions with donors, professional advisors, volunteers and staff.
Strong analytical skills with adept ability to formulate forecasts and reports.
Exceptional ability to present information, ideas and concepts to achieve understanding of both content and intent
Well honed ability to listen intently and respond with thoughtful and creative solutions to donor needs.
Valid driver’s license and access to vehicle – some travel required.
A passion for symphonic music
COMPENSATION & START DATE
We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, a generous vacation allowance, flexible working hours, and a group insurance plan. Some evening and weekend work may be required. Please note this is a .5 FTE permanent position
The position will begin as soon as possible once a candidate is selected.
SEND RESUMES TO:
Or by mail:
Symphony Nova Scotia
Box 218, 5657 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax, NS B3J 3R4
Attn. Director of Development
Applications will be considered and reviewed until the position is filled.
Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please.
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