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 7/24/2016.

Current Openings

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, University Programs: Educational Equity, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 63695)

A top development professional with experience and success in frontline fundraising is needed to pioneer a new model of engaging alumni and friends in the creation of a strong, diverse, and vibrant student community at Penn State and in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence initiatives at all levels. Reporting to the Director of Development for University Programs who partners with a high-level leadership team-- the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, and the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education—to envision and implement an innovative and comprehensive fundraising strategy for these three areas of significant importance in the University’s emerging strategic plan. This major gifts officer will:

  • Travel extensively throughout the region and across the country to pursue these strategies and build enduring relationships, completing fifteen or eighteen visits per month
  • Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of graduates and other key constituencies
  • Plan and execute solicitation strategies leading to major gifts
  • Articulate Penn State’s needs, inclusive 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
  • A passion for and understanding of diverse audiences and underserved populations
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • An appreciation for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions

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 #63695

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

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

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

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