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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 2/14/2016.

Current Openings

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

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Engineering (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 61277)

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 Engineering, one of the nation’s leading educators of world-class engineers and leading producers of world-class research. Reporting 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 15 to 18 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 #61277

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Information Sciences and Technology (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 61195)

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 Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), whose missions include educating students to meet the challenges of the information age; conducting leading-edge research that integrates people, information, and technology; and carrying out service activities that address global problems and challenges. Reporting to the College of IST 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 15 to 18 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 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 from one year from date of hire with excellent chance of re-funding.

Apply for Job #61195

Gift Planning Specialist (Gift Planning Officer 3/4 – Job 60289)

Penn State’s Office of Gift Planning 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:

  • Collaborate with the Dean, faculty, and volunteers to define fundraising priorities that resonate with IST graduates, other Penn State alumni, industry leaders, and additional key audiences
  • 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

This position will be filled as a level 3 or level 4 depending upon the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. It typically requires a bachelor’s degree or higher plus three years of related experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. 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 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 #60289

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