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Penn State is always looking for talented professionals to join the development team.

To apply for a position within the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the job number listed next to the position.

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This list is current as of July 15th, 2015.

Current Openings

Director of Major Gifts, College of Liberal Arts (Major Gifts Officer 4 – Job 58593)

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 the Liberal Arts, considered one of the leading public liberal arts colleges in the U.S. Reporting directly to the Senior 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 and understanding of diverse audiences and communities

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties is required, as are 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 #58593

Major Gifts Officer 2/3, College of Education (Assistant/Associate Director of Development – Job 55733)

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of assistant or associate director to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting Penn State’s College of Education, home to some of the top-ranked programs and most exciting education initiatives in the country. Working closely with the College of Education 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 eighteen or fifteen 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
  • Demonstrated planned giving experience
  • 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 and understanding of diverse audiences and communities

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties is required, as are 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 55733

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, University Libraries (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 57534)

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of assistant or associate director to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the University Libraries, which serves the entire Penn State community including 24 campuses, 17,000 faculty and staff, and nearly 100,000 students. Reporting directly to the Libraries Director of Development and working closely with the Libraries dean and 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 57534

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, Schreyer Honors College (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 57530)

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of assistant or associate director to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the Schreyer Honors College, one of the premier honors colleges in the country. Reporting directly to the Director of Development in the Schreyer Honors College 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
  • Oversee the parents program for the College, working with the talented and active members of the Schreyer Parents Council

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 57530

Director of Major Gifts, College of Engineering (Major Gifts Officer 4 – Job 57345)

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 57345

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, Smeal College of Business (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 57801)

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of assistant or associate director to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the Smeal College of Business, ranked among the top 20 business schools in the country and among the top 100 in the world. Reporting directly to the Smeal Senior 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 good possibility of re-funding.

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

Apply for Job 57801

Senior Director of Development, Eberly College of Science (Major Gifts Officer 5 – Job #55985)

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 Eberly College of Science, which is ranked in the top ten academic institutions nationwide for its excellence in scientific teaching and research in the basic sciences. Charged with guiding and overseeing all development and alumni relations activities for one of Penn State’s highest-potential constituencies, including more than 46,000 alumni, this position reports directly to the Senior Associate Vice President for Development and works in close partnership with the Dean and academic leadership 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 resonate with Science graduates and other key audiences
  • identify a pool and a pipeline of prospects for immediate and long-term cultivation
  • develop annual goals, plans, and budgets for a comprehensive 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 Eberly College of Science and its priorities and values.

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 strategies
  • exemplary interpersonal and communication skills, with a particular sensitivity to sophisticated, high-net worth audiences
  • 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 are a valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check in addition to standard background checks. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit giveto.psu.edu. Information about the Eberly College of Science is available at science.psu.edu. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree plus seven years of work related experience.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Penn State Alumni Association (Job #55697)

An experienced and inspiring individual with a passion for Penn State and higher education and with the ability to lead a vast and diverse alumni community is needed in the role of Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Penn State Alumni Association, the largest dues-paying organization of its kind in the world. Reporting administratively to the Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and in an association management capacity to the volunteer President of the Alumni Association, this position guides and partners with a network of 315 alumni affiliate groups, thousands of volunteers, and a staff of more than 70 employees to connect the Alumni Association’s 174,000-plus members with a broad range of programs, events, and resources. The Executive Director will:

  • serve as a powerful ambassador for Penn State among its alumni constituents while representing the continuing interests and affinities of our graduates at the University
  • possess the stature and presence to be a national leader in the field of association management
  • engage and value the Association’s Executive Board and Alumni Council in shaping the future vision and strategic direction of the Association
  • develop and pursue entrepreneurial approaches to increasing Alumni Association membership and building new revenue streams
  • oversee and manage all Alumni Association activities and communications, including the publication of The Penn Stater, one of the nation’s mostly highly acclaimed alumni magazines
  • collaborate with leaders in the Office of University Development and the Office of Strategic Communications to support Penn State’s broader mission and goals

This position requires a bachelor’s degree or higher plus ten years of work-related experience, with preference for a background in alumni relations. The successful candidate will also have:

  • a track record of success in association and/or nonprofit management, including the responsible management of budgets and the leadership of sizable staffs
  • the ability and stamina to lead a complex and geographically dispersed organization requiring a steady routine of travel and public presentation
  • an exceptional level of intellect, collegiality, integrity, and creativity, and a strong commitment to diversity
  • exemplary interpersonal and communication skills, including a gift for public speaking and a capacity to listen
  • the ability to interface with staff and volunteers in a collaborative manner and to initiate and maintain relationships with alumni, University, and community representatives
  • knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of higher education today
  • a talent for building relationships across diverse audiences

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties is required, as are a valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check in addition to standard background checks. To learn more about the Penn State Alumni Association, please visit alumni.psu.edu. For a detailed description of the position’s responsibilities and requirements and to apply, please visit alumni.psu.edu/executivedirector. Applicant review will begin on March 20, and the position will remain opened until filled.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Gift Planning Specialist, Office of Gift Planning (Gift Planning Officer 3/4 – Job #55104)

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’s Office of Gift Planning (giftplanning.psu.edu) helps the University’s supporters to achieve their philanthropic and financial goals and secures $70 million each year in planned gifts for the University. A highly experienced and motivated gift planning specialist is needed to work in close collaboration with both gift planning and fundraising colleagues to:

  • establish and implement the strategic direction of gift planning programs with assigned liaison units and with individual prospects;
  • manage the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gift planning prospects while ensuring the application of appropriate policies and best practices;
  • personally maintain a portfolio of prospects and complete, in person and in partnership with development colleagues, a minimum of nine gift planning solicitations at the $100,000 level and higher;
  • design and lead regular in-house education seminars for fundraising staff regarding donor-centered gift-planning opportunities;
  • maintain and enhance stewardship for all gift planning donors and promote the Atherton Society and its events as recognition for these donors;
  • inform all of these activities with a comprehensive, up-to-date understanding of complex outright gifts, life-income and estate gifts, family wealth planning, and multigenerational strategies to secure transformational gifts.

 

The successful candidate will also have:

  • experience in designing and administering a collaborative, donor-centered gift planning program for an educational institution or other not-for-profit;
  • 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 and understanding of diverse audiences and communities.

 

Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required, and familiarity with planned giving marketing programs as well as planned gift calculation and donor tracking software is preferred. Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties is required, as are a valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check in addition to standard background checks. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit giveto.psu.edu. Information about the Office of Gift Planning is available at giftplanning.psu.edu. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Penn State Hershey Medical Center (OUD Manager 5 – Job #54979)

The Executive Director for Development and Alumni Relations reports to the Associate Vice President for Development and Chief Development Officer for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. The Executive Director for Development and Alumni Relations provides leadership and day-to-day management for Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s major gifts team, the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital fundraising team, corporate and foundation relations, community fundraising/cause marketing and the annual giving and alumni relations team. The Executive Director directly supervises five professionals, overseeing an overall team of 22 development professionals and 6 administrative staff. Direct reports include the Director of Development for Children’s Health, Director of Major Gifts, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, and an Administrative Assistant. The Executive Director conceptualizes, plans, and executes a strategic and coordinated program of fundraising including major gifts, planned giving, annual giving and third-party fundraising within the framework of top funding priorities for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the College of Medicine. As a senior member of the Penn State Hershey Development and Alumni Relations team, the Executive Director work closely with the Associate Vice President for Development, University Development staff, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine leadership and physicians to translate hospital, clinical department, and patient care fundraising priorities and needs into persuasive proposals and compelling gift and grant opportunities. The Executive Director plays an integral role in strategic and programmatic planning within the division and will help to develop appropriate fundraising plans to support the priorities that emerge from this process. Develop an understanding of the educational, research, clinical, and financial needs and goals of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. Set a strategic direction for the major gifts team—which includes identifying priorities, policies, strategies, and tactics to support the overall goals of Development team. Set appropriate annual production goals, and monitors progress on a regular basis in order to maximize major and annual giving gift staff performance in prospect identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship activities, and physician and volunteer engagement. Personally manage and staff a portfolio of key major gift level ($100,000 and above) donors and prospects; maintains frequent contact with these constituents while engaging institutional leadership—including the Associate Vice President for Development, Dean/CEO, physicians, volunteers, and key members of the Penn State University administrative leadership—in appropriate donor and/or prospect related efforts. Provide leadership and strategic direction for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital fundraising, Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, Major Gift fundraising and Corporate and Foundation Relations fundraising. Along with the Associate Vice President, provide oversight for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital Development Committee, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Development Committee, Children’s Miracle Network Advisory Board, and Four Diamonds Advisory Board, the Post-Campaign cabinet and the Nominating Committee. Work closely and collaboratively with prospect research/management to ensure coordination of fundraising efforts with the grateful patient and families program. Assist in setting the strategic direction for the implementation, coordination of the grateful patient and families fundraising program, ensuring appropriate follow-up steps are taken by front line fundraisers in a timely fashion. Collaborate with institutional leadership, faculty, fundraisers, and development communications staff to translate Medical Center and College of Medicine strategic initiatives and programmatic/capital needs into persuasive proposals and compelling gift/grant opportunities. Conceptualize, direct, and implement a strategic planned giving program specific to Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine constituents, under the direction of the Associate Vice President and in coordination with the University’s Office of Planned Giving. Collaborate with Director of Donor Communications and Stewardship to provide strategic input into the evaluation of existing development communications materials and the ongoing creation and production of new fundraising materials. Provide input with strategic events and other activities to cultivate and steward top-tier gift/grant prospects and donors. Participate in developing fundraising priorities, strategies for implementation, timetables, and communications plans. Develop and sustain appropriate training and career development activities for staff members. Work collaboratively with colleagues across University Development. Manage and oversees departmental budgets. Strong leadership experience with demonstrated ability to mentor, manage, and motivate a team of experienced and entry-level front line fundraising staff is required. In-depth experience in and knowledge of both individual and organizational major gift/grant (i.e., $100,000 and above) fundraising in a higher education environment. Experience in academic healthcare in preferred. Demonstrated success in securing major gift commitments. Achievement in a broad-based development leadership role in a complex organization-preferably during a campaign in a medical/academic medical center or scientific environment. Superior oral and written communication skills reflecting ability to translate complex technical, scientific concepts into compelling fundraising proposals. Direct experience working with volunteers and volunteer groups, reflecting ability to recruit, motivate, and manage volunteer leadership. Ability to articulate a compelling case for major philanthropic support for priority programs, projects, and activities to prospects. Demonstrated effectiveness in managing multiple projects and solicitations simultaneously. Ability to function effectively in a complex organizational environment demanding high energy level, discretion, patience, enthusiasm, and humor. Must be willing to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus thirteen years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Associate Director of Development, Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Major Gifts Officer 3 – Job #52442)

As a member of Penn State’s Office of University Development (OUD), you can play an integral role in one of the most respected and successful fundraising operations in the country. 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. Responsible for individual gift prospects for select clinical departments and projects within Penn State College of Medicine. Supervise and/or coordinate all fund-raising activities for these areas. Responsibilities include developing strategies for individual prospective donors, including coordinating volunteer and physician interaction with prospects; coordinating department and division-based special events; and coordinating or preparing major gift proposals. Develop an understanding of the educational, research, clinical and financial needs and goals of Penn State College of Medicine and School of Medicine. Perform needs analysis for Department and Division Heads to which this job is assigned on an on-going basis to establish development objectives. Formulate and recommend major prospect strategies and timelines based on the needs and goals of these departments and divisions. Coordinate the participation of faculty, administration, trustees/volunteers, and other members of the Development staff in achieving campaign goals. Identify, cultivate, and solicit individual prospects in consultation with faculty and Development staff. Direct and prepare major prospect proposals, and cultivation and solicitation materials. Plan, coordinate, and direct visits and special events for prospects and donors. Prepare briefing documents for senior administrators, volunteers and faculty. Oversee stewardship activities with assigned prospects. Report regularly on all fund-raising activity through active implementation of the major gifts tracking/reporting/moves management system. Requires fund-raising experience in higher education with emphasis on major gifts from individuals and organizations. Experience in an academic medical center or a large scientific/health care research institution is preferred. Proven track record of successful major gift ($50,000+) solicitations. Knowledge or experience in planned giving is desired. Ability to function independently, yet work in a centralized development structure. Strong administrative experience and ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize a successful approach to achieving fund-raising goals. Ability to travel both locally and nationally. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills and a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus three years of related experience. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.