Senior Director of Principal and Planned Giving

Institute for Advanced Study

Princeton, New Jersey

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), established in 1930 and home to Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Kurt Gödel, among other luminaries, is one of the international community’s leading centers for curiosity driven research.  30 permanent faculty members, 220 visiting scholars (“Members”), and an alumni body of more than 8,000 scholars has yielded 33 Nobel Laureates and 41 of the 56 Field Medalists. On 589 acres in Princeton, New Jersey, the Institute’s $780 million endowment supports programs in Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies.  Among the several gifts made in the 2017 academic year were $500,000 awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation of New York, $1 million from the local Friends group, and a $17 million commitment from a former Member.  

The Opportunity

The Senior Director of Principal and Planned Giving will be responsible for identifying, engaging, soliciting and stewarding donors with the capacity to give $1million+ in principal gifts and development and implement a robustplanned giving program. In this newly created position, the Senior Director will be a key member of IAS’s Development and Communications team, creating an infrastructure for the principal and planned giving programs. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Senior Director will also develop foundation fundraising strategies and should have at least five years of experience in major gifts fundraising in higher education or similarly related “think tank” field.