Employment Opportunity: Associate Director of Scholarships & Planned Giving

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), a comprehensive Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, 19 master’s degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree. In addition to its 90-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers 26 online degree programs as well as courses at a regional campus in Idaho Falls. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 11,000 continuing education and concurrent credit students. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top master’s level universities in the West and a “Best Value” for delivering a high quality education at a remarkably affordable price. The university’s location in the Boise valley provides a wealth of regional opportunities: easy access to local ski resorts, mountain hiking, and river rafting; and a wide array of cultural opportunities from the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra to the National Oldtime Fiddlers Festival. NNU has a long and deep association with Church of the Nazarene, and all University faculty commit themselves to living out their faith in a community shaped by serious scholarship and vital Christian piety.

Description of Position

The Associate Director of Scholarships and Planned Giving is a full-time, exempt position.  The Associate Director of Scholarships and Planned Giving works for and is supervised by the Associate Vice President for Advancement (AVPA). The Associate Director of Scholarships and Planned Giving has responsibility to assist with a variety of University Advancement initiatives.  The Associate Director of Scholarships and Planned Giving serves as the primary point of contact and fundraiser for endowed scholarship donors and assists with the University’s scholarship communication and relationship building programs (managing the endowed scholarship “Student Thank-You’s” program, tracking all donor-funded scholarships within the University Advancement Office as to status of updated endowed gift agreement and donor-recognition plaques, and planning and overseeing the implementation of the annual Scholarship Luncheon). The Associate Director of Scholarships and Planned Giving will also serve as primary contact for all Legacy Society members as well as assisting the planned giving officer, AVPA, and sector VP with solicitation efforts in the University Advancement Office (drafting planned giving illustrations, tracking all planned giving files, and managing the annual Legacy Partners Breakfast). Various other responsibilities within the Office of University Advancement as assigned.
Northwest Nazarene University is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene and seeks to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. All those interested are encouraged to apply and will be evaluated equitably.
Essential Functions:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee an active portfolio of endowed scholarship & planned giving donors
  • Provide support for planned giving work and serve alongside the planned giving officer, AVPA, and the sector VP as a primary point of contact for planned giving donors
  • Work with VPER & AVPA to coordinate Legacy Society communication and annual Legacy Society Breakfast
  • Coordinate endowed scholarship process and manage details regarding new scholarship endowments
  • Work alongside the VPER & AVPA to strategize a communication plan for scholarship donors and assist with details regarding implementation. Assist with annual scholarship donor appreciation luncheon
  • Provide leadership, input and direction to UA office initiatives
  • Assist with the Scholarship and Gift Planning programs as described above
  • Create and provide annual scholarship reports and scholarship flyers
  • Meet with donors regarding planned gifts and endowed scholarship giving
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Sufficient skills, knowledge and training to perform the essential functions and take ownership of this position
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Computer competency with knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel, internet search engines, and ability to learn job specific programs
  • Computer systems knowledge and technical awareness to work with complex information systems and electronic databases; experience with database management systems is preferred
  • Ability to problem solve with effective reasoning
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others
  • The University requires that all candidates be Christians (preferably in the Wesleyan tradition), and must be comfortable with, in agreement with the mission and lifestyle values of NNU
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, committed to NNU and her mission, adaptable, calm under pressure, able to meet deadlines, work with minimal supervision, ability to multi-task, possess utmost integrity, and relate to a variety of personalities under diverse circumstances
  • Accurate and dependable team player
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • A commitment to use information resources ethically and to honor standards of confidentiality in working with constituent and institutional information
  • Ability to read, write, and effectively communicate in the English language
  • Ability to travel (up to 10% of the time) as needed to meet with donors


The salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant within a range of $40,000 to $42,500. Full-time personnel will be offered access to a benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance for employee and family, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending plan, tuition benefits, opportunities for professional development, and a retirement program.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, a complete application packet must be received.  Complete application packet will include the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • NNU Application
  • Resume 
  • Responses to the NNU Christian Mission requirement
  • Two reference letters from professional associates
  • Letter of reference from current pastor
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable for the hiring process, official required upon hire)

Send, fax or email a complete application packet to:
Human Resources Office
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID  83686
Phone:  (208) 467-8036
Fax: (208) 467-8587

Review of application will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Employment at Northwest Nazarene University is contingent upon the results of an independent background check.

Posted Mar 22, 2018

Northwest Nazarene University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).