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 5/28/2016.

Current Openings

Director of Major Gifts, Intercollegiate Athletics (Major Gifts Officer 4 – Job 63010)

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of Director of Major Gifts to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting 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 Athletics Director of Development and working closely with the program’s leadership as well as other partners and central development offices, this major gifts officer will:

  • Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of fans, former student-athletes, 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 intercollegiate athletics, 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 #63010

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Agricultural Sciences (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 62462)

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 Agricultural Sciences. The earliest college established at Penn State, it awarded the nation’s first baccalaureate degrees in agriculture in 1861, and it remains a pioneer in producing the knowledge and training the experts, scientists, and policymakers who will secure and sustain global supplies of food, energy, and other resources. Reporting to the College of Agricultural Sciences Director of Major Gifts and working closely with the college’s Senior Director of Development 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.

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

Apply for Job #62462

Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering (Major Gifts Officer 5 – Job 62303)

A seasoned and successful fundraising leader is needed in the role of Senior Director of Development to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the College of Engineering, one of the nation’s leading academies of world-class engineers and leading producers of world-class research. Charged with guiding and overseeing all development and alumni relations activities for one of Penn State’s largest and highest-potential constituencies, this position reports directly to the Senior Associate Vice President for Development and receives direction from the Dean of the College of Engineering on fundraising objectives and priorities for the college. The Senior Director of Development also works with the academic department within the college, as well as with other partners across the University and central development offices. With significant experience not only in fundraising but also in management, and with an entrepreneurial and ambitious vision for the college’s fundraising operation, the Senior Director of Development will:

  • Collaborate with the Dean, faculty, and volunteers to define fundraising priorities that are consistent with College of Engineering and University priorities in education, research and service to the profession and society
  • Identify a pool and a pipeline of prospects for immediate and long-term cultivation
  • Develop annual goals, plans, and budgets for a comprehensive, strategy-driven fundraising program
  • Supervise, train, and mentor a team of fundraisers, alumni relations professionals, and support staff, with a focus on results as well as relationships
  • Recruit and guide a volunteer committee charged with meaningful roles and responsibilities in the fundraising process
  • Personally manage a portfolio of top prospects and 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 an average of eleven visits per month
  • Serve as an ambassador for the College of Engineering and its priorities and values

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

  • A track record of success in securing major gifts and meeting fundraising goals
  • Experience in managing and leading goal-oriented teams and in planning development efforts in support of institutional strategies
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills with a particular sensitivity to sophisticated, high-net worth audiences 
  • Impeccable writing, presentation skills, and use of communications and data technologies
  • 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.

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

Apply for Job #62303

Assistant/Associate Director, Foundation Relations (Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer 3/4 – Job 61899)

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (giveto.psu.edu/cfr) seeks an entrepreneurial and highly collaborative fundraiser to engage philanthropic foundations as partners in supporting the University’s strategic plan. As part of the central development team, the Assistant/Associate Director will work closely with development colleagues, faculty members, and academic leadership across the University to implement strategies that establish and advance relationships with philanthropic foundation prospects and donors. Reporting to the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, this Assistant/Associate Director will join two existing front-line fundraisers on a dynamic Foundation Relations team. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Increase engagement and funding from a portfolio of regional and national foundations that have the capacity to make awards of $100K and up
  • Coordinate with Prospect Research team to expand and enhance a prospect pipeline that aligns with University and campaign priorities
  • Serve as a resource to unit-based development and academic colleagues across a range of disciplines to build awareness and expand positive fund-raising relationships with the foundation sector. Advise internal stakeholders on external trends in foundation giving
  • Work effectively with faculty and administrators to formulate and submit customized inquiries and proposals. Help them identify funding opportunities and develop well-positioned cases for support aligned with foundation funding priorities
  • Initiate opportunities for faculty, deans, and senior administrators to engage with foundation leadership, including on and off campus visits. Guide these contacts to enhance a donor-centric cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process
  • Collaborate with unit and central offices to effectively manage and steward awards. Build enduring relationships with foundation partners through reports, recognition events, and other activities

This position will be filled as a level 3 or level 4 depending upon the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. This position typically requires a bachelor’s degree or higher plus three years of work-related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 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 from foundations 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
  • The capacity to travel, as needed, for solicitation and stewardship purposes
  • 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 #61899