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 2/25/2017.

Current Openings

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, Schreyer Honors College (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 68646)

As Penn State begins a new strategic campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, the University is deepening its investment in fundraising and fundraisers, growing its nationally recognized development operation, and seeking talented, innovative professionals to secure major gifts for areas across the institution.

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 Schreyer Honors College, one of the premier honors colleges in the country. Reporting to the Schreyer Honors College 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 including the Schreyer Parents community
  • 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 to 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.

Apply for Job #68646

Regional Director of Development for California (Major Gifts Officer 5 - Job 68146)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a talented professional with experience and success in frontline fundraising is needed to pioneer a new position created to engage alumni and friends in California on behalf of colleges, campuses, and units across the University. The Regional Director of Development will be based at Penn State’s University Park campus but will be expected to develop relationships with alumni, parents, and friends in northern and southern California with particular focus on the San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas and on gifts at the $100K+ level. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development for College Fundraising, the Regional Director of Development for California will collaborate with other frontline fundraisers, deans and chancellors, and University administrators as well as partnering with central development executives to identify, cultivate, and solicit individual prospects in support of identified University priorities across the Penn State system. This position will:

  • Serve as an ambassador for the unique mission, organizational structure, and donor bases of the units which make up the Penn State philanthropic community
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a diverse pool of Penn State prospects and donors in California with the capacity to make gifts at the $100K+ level
  • Proactively manage a portfolio of approximately 100 active prospects, generating a high level of activity and formulating gift strategies for these individuals
  • Travel extensively throughout California to pursue these strategies, completing twelve visits per month
  • Partner with unit-level Directors of Development and, when necessary, the Office of Gift Planning to maximize donors’ philanthropic giving to Penn State
  • Develop briefing materials and written proposals leading to major gift solicitations

This job typically requires a bachelor’s degree or higher and seven years or more of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will also have:

  • Skills and experience relevant to securing major gifts, which can include frontline fundraising, financial advising, and estate planning
  • A strategic, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach to fundraising
  • A knowledge of contemporary philanthropy and the vehicles available to individuals to achieve their philanthropic goals
  • A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and collaboratively
  • The capacity to communicate with a wide variety of individuals and inspire them to support programming in a broad range of University programs
  • 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.

Apply for Job #68146

International Director of Development (Major Gifts Officer 5 - Job 68145)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a talented development professional with an entrepreneurial approach and a global perspective is needed to build a pioneering program at the University. The International Director of Development will launch our efforts to reach an as-yet untapped constituency: the thousands of international Penn State alumni, parents, and friends. Reporting to the Executive Director for Campus and Unit Fundraising and partnering closely with development staff and academic leadership across the Penn State system, the International Director of Development will focus his or her efforts on major gifts for the top priorities of colleges, campuses, and other units within the University. The International Director of Development will be based at the University Park campus but travel extensively, particularly throughout Asia and the UK. This position will:

  • Personally manage a portfolio of top prospects, soliciting and securing major gifts  and principal-level gifts while stewarding international donors
  • Work with the University’s prospect research team and other development offices to identify a robust international pool and pipeline of potential donors with a broad range of affinities
  • Cultivate prospects through individual and group meetings, international development events, social media, and other tactics, often planned in collaboration with other fundraisers
  • Serve as an ambassador for the unique mission, organizational structure, and donor bases of the units which make up the Penn State philanthropic community
  • Recruit and guide volunteers to assist in global fundraising efforts and other globally based programs like Penn State Global Ambassador Program and The Penn State Alumni Association
  • Develop annual goals, plans, and budgets for the international development program and supervise the support staff position assigned to the program

This job typically requires a bachelor’s degree or higher and seven years or more of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will also have:

  • Extraordinary cross-cultural communication skills, with a particular sensitivity to sophisticated, high net-worth, international audiences
  • Experience relevant to securing major gifts from international prospects is required with direct frontline fundraising highly preferred
  • A strategic, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach to fundraising and building networks
  • A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and collaboratively
  • An understanding of complex, comprehensive institutions and an appreciation for and understanding of diverse audiences and communities

A current passport and a demonstrated ability and commitment to travel outside the United States for extended periods are essential. A history of international experience and foreign language proficiency are preferred. Familiarity with East Asian languages and cultures will be a plus. 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 #68145

Directors of Major Gifts, Penn State, Various Units

As Penn State begins a new strategic campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, the University is deepening its investment in fundraising and fundraisers, growing its nationally recognized development operation, and seeking talented, innovative professionals to secure major gifts for areas across the institution.

Penn State’s Directors of Major Gifts report to the Directors of Development for their unit, and they work closely with deans, academic leadership, and other partners and central development offices to 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 per month; supervise, train, and/or mentor other fundraisers and support staff, as assigned; and articulate Penn State’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals.

These positions typically requires a bachelor’s degree or higher and five years or more of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidates 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; 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.

Positions are now available for Directors of Major Gifts in the following Penn State units:

  • The Smeal College of Business (smeal.psu.edu) offers an undergraduate program ranked #1 in the nation by the Wall Street Journal and an M.B.A. among the top 20 public programs, both supported by leaders in business and finance who credit their success to Penn State. Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website:
  • Apply for Job #67311
  • The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (ems.psu.edu) is the nation’s #1 program of its kind for research expenditures and an important partner with industry and government in addressing urgent issues such as climate change and energy security. Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website:
  • Apply for Job #67735
  • The College of Engineering (engr.psu.edu) is home to a world-class faculty, an undergraduate program that is the second-largest in the nation, and interdisciplinary research and hands-on education that prepares students for success in a rapidly changing world. Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website:
  • Apply for Job #67171
  • The College of Health and Human Development (hhd.psu.edu) offers some of Penn State’s most popular programs and majors and a commitment to improving health and well-being for all communities and all people, from conception through the end of life. Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website:
  • Apply for Job #67736
  • The College of the Liberal Arts (la.psu.edu) is one of the leading public liberal arts colleges in the U.S., with eleven programs ranked in the top 25 percent of their kind by the National Research Council and an exciting community of ambitious students and acclaimed scholars. Please apply online through the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website:
  • Apply for Job #68144

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Arts and Architecture’s Center for Performing Arts (Advancement and Giving Specialist 2/3 – Job 67172)

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 Arts and Architecture’s Center for Performing Arts (CPA), one of the nation’s most respected performing arts organizations. Reporting to the College of Arts and Architecture Director of Development, the position’s home is in the CPA with a dotted line report to the CPA Director. Working closely with the CPA leadership and college development staff, as well as other partners and central development offices, the Assistant/Associate Director will:

  • Take a collaborative approach and serve as the point person related to fundraising efforts for the CPA
  • Oversee CPA annual giving, donor acquisition programs and donor events
  • Manage processes related to gift/grant tracking and acknowledgment, fundraising communications, as well as analysis and analytics related to CPA fund development
  • Work collaboratively in the solicitation process with the Director of the CPA and the Director of Development, including strategizing, soliciting, and stewarding donors.

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 with annual giving, and meeting fundraising goals
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Passion for higher education, the arts and an understanding of complex institutions
  • 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 #67172