Current Career Opportunities

As a member of Penn State’s Office of University Development, you can play an integral role in one of the most respected and successful fundraising operations in the country and contribute to the land-grant mission and future strength of Penn State. Penn State is one of only a dozen public institutions nationwide to complete a $2 billion fundraising campaign, and our alumni association is the largest dues-paying organization of its kind in the world. This success depends not only upon our strong institutional culture of philanthropy, but also upon the more than 300 development and alumni relations staff members whose professionalism and expertise set the standard in the field. As Penn State looks ahead to a new era in fundraising, it is seeking individuals committed to both the tradition of land-grant education and the future growth of our institution.

If you have questions about your future with Penn State’s Office of University Development, please contact Drew Kovacs, associate director of talent acquisition, at 814.867.5870 or drewkovacs@psu.edu.

This list is current as of 9/27/2016.

Current Openings

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Advancement, Intercollegiate Athletics (Job 64664)

A seasoned leader with a track record of fundraising success, a commitment to student-athletes, and a passion for college athletics is needed in the role of Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development to guide every aspect of fundraising and student-athlete alumni relations for Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, a member of the Big Ten Conference and one of the most comprehensive and successful athletic programs in the country. Reporting directly to the Senior Associate Vice President for University Development, with a dotted line to the Deputy Athletic Director, this position will be a key member of the Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) leadership team, with a broad range of strategic and management responsibilities. The position will:

  • Work closely with the Athletic Director, Deputy Athletic Director, and other senior University officials to provide vision and direction for all ICA advancement efforts
  • Oversee both major gift fundraising and the Nittany Lion Club, which secures annual support from more than 22,000 donors each year
  • Guide engagement activities for all Penn State graduates who participated in the University’s varsity athletics teams, which now number sixteen men’s and fifteen women’s sports
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit a significant personal portfolio of major and principal gift prospects
  • Supervise the administration of the Penn State All-Sports Museum, one of ICA’s most important public presences, and a range of outreach events and activities
  • Collaborate in planning and marketing for ICA’s athletic season ticket and club suites programs
  • Manage, supervise, and mentor a team of approximately twenty-five advancement professionals with expertise in areas including major gift fundraising, annual/grassroots gift solicitation, stewardship and alumni relations, gift processing, and communications

This job typically requires an advanced degree and fifteen years or more of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will also have:

  • A track record of success in securing major gifts and meeting ambitious fundraising goals
  • A proven ability to manage and lead goal-oriented teams and plan advancement strategies
  • Experience with donation-based athletic season ticket programs, facilities fundraising, and capital campaigns
  • A belief in the power of intercollegiate athletics to unite communities, strengthen institutions, and change the lives of student-athletes
  • An understanding of complex, comprehensive institutions and an appreciation for and understanding of diverse audiences and communities

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties and a valid driver's license are required. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check, in addition to standard background checks, is also required. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website.

Apply for job #64664

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, Parent Philanthropy Program (Major Gifts Officer 2/3–Job 64291)

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of assistant or associate director of development to engage parents of Penn State students as partners in supporting all colleges and units at the University. Reporting to the Parent Philanthropy Director of Development and working closely with colleagues across the University, as well as other partners and central development offices, this major gifts officer will help families to discover how they make Penn State better for their own children and for future undergraduates. The position will:

  • Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of parents
  • Plan and execute solicitation strategies leading to major gifts
  • Travel extensively throughout the region and across the country to pursue these strategies and build enduring relationships, completing fifteen or eighteen visits per month
  • Articulate Penn State’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals

This job will be filled as a level 2 or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. It typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. The successful candidate will also have:

  • A track record of success in securing major gifts and meeting fundraising goals
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions
  • An appreciation for and understanding of diverse audiences and communities

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties and a valid driver's license are required. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check, in addition to standard background checks, is also required. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website.

Apply for job #64291

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Health and Human Development (Major Gifts Officer 2/3–Job 64188)

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of assistant or associate director of development to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the College of Health and Human Development, a collaborative community of faculty, staff, students and alumni committed to innovative education, interdisciplinary research, and effective outreach that improves health and well-being for all communities and all people, from conception through the end of life. Reporting to the College of Health and Human Development Director of Development and working closely with the college’s dean and academic leadership, as well as other partners and central development offices, this major gifts officer will:

  • Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of graduates and other key constituencies
  • Plan and execute solicitation strategies leading to major gifts
  • Travel extensively throughout the region and across the country to pursue these strategies and build enduring relationships, completing fifteen or eighteen visits per month
  • Articulate Penn State’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals

This job will be filled as a level 2 or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. It typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. The successful candidate will also have:

  • A track record of success in securing major gifts and meeting fundraising goals
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions
  • An appreciation for and understanding of diverse audiences and communities

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties and a valid driver's license are required. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check, in addition to standard background checks, is also required. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website.

Apply for job #64188

Director of Major Gifts, College of Engineering (Major Gifts Officer 4 – Job 63585)

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of Director of Major Gifts to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the College of Engineering, one of the nation’s leading educators of world-class engineers and leading producers of world-class research. Reporting directly to the Engineering Director of Development and working closely with the college’s dean and academic leadership, as well as other partners and central development offices, this major gifts officer will:

  • Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of graduates and other key constituencies
  • Plan and execute solicitation strategies leading to major gifts
  • Travel extensively throughout the region and across the country to pursue these strategies and build enduring relationships, completing fifteen visits per month
  • Supervise, train, and/or mentor other fundraisers and support staff, as assigned
  • Articulate Penn State’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals

This position requires a bachelor’s degree or higher plus five years of work-related experience. The successful candidate will also have:

  • A track record of success in securing major gifts and meeting fundraising goals
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions
  • An appreciation for and understanding of diverse audiences and communities

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties and a valid driver's license are required. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check, in addition to standard background checks, is also required. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent chance of re-funding.

Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website.

Apply for Job #63585

Alumni Relations and Stewardship Officer, Schreyer Honors College

A top alumni relations professional is needed in the role of coordinator of alumni relations and annual giving to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the Schreyer Honors College. Working closely with the Schreyer Honors College director of development, other College alumni/development staff, academic leadership, and College student programming and admissions staff, as well as other partners and central development offices, this coordinator will:

  • Serve as the alumni relations contact for the Schreyer Honors College
  • Oversee alumni programming as it intersects with career development, student programming, and admissions within the College
  • Coordinate the College’s annual giving program
  • Assist in all aspects of major gift prospect development, travel throughout the region
  • Articulate Penn State’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals

This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience or a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. The successful candidate will have:

  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail necessary to manage and maintain alumni and constituent data records for the College
  • Passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions
  • Appreciation and understanding of diverse audiences and communities

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties and a valid driver's license are required. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check, in addition to standard background checks, is also required. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website.

Apply for Job #63501

Director, Corporate Relations (Corporate Relations Officer – Job 63714)

Penn State’s Office of University Development is seeking an experienced fundraiser to engage corporations and corporate foundations as partners in supporting The Pennsylvania State University. As part of the central development staff operating in a fast paced, dynamic environment, the Director will work across the University to establish strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate prospects and donors. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and working closely with colleagues both in central development offices and across the University, this Director will:

  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit corporate and corporate foundation prospects for major philanthropic investments in the University
  • In collaboration with other development colleagues and faculty members, develop gift concepts that match donor interests with Penn State strengths and needs
  • Plan and pursue strategies to secure this support, from initial inquiries to written proposals and in-person presentations
  • Build enduring relationships with corporate partners through stewardship reports, recognition events, and other activities and communications
  • Serve as a resource to the entire Office of University Development and throughout the University by providing training and support on philanthropic solicitations of corporations and related topics

This position requires a bachelor’s degree or higher plus five years of work-related experience in a higher education setting with demonstrated success in securing major gifts from corporations and corporate foundations as well as meeting fundraising goals, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will also have:

  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • The capacity to travel, as needed, for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship purposes
  • A passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions
  • An appreciation and understanding of diverse audiences and communities

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties is required, as is a valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check in addition to standard background checks.

Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website.

Apply for Job #63714