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 8/22/2017.

Current Openings

Gift Planning Specialist, Office of University Development (Gift Planning Officer 4 – Job 73445)

Penn State’s Office of Gift Planning helps the University’s supporters to achieve their philanthropic and financial goals and secures $90 to $100 million each year in planned gifts for the University. As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a highly experienced and motivated gift planning specialist is needed to work in close collaboration with both gift planning and fundraising colleagues to:

  • Creating, guiding, and implementing gift planning strategies for individual prospects and assigned units across the University.
  • Managing a personal portfolio of prospects not to exceed 75 relationships and soliciting planned gifts in collaboration with other University staff.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leading educational seminars for fundraisers and collaborating in the creation of marketing materials for donors that highlight gift planning opportunities.
  • Promoting and enhancing stewardship of all Penn State gift planning donors.

This position typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus five years of related experience. The position demands:

  • Experience in designing and administering a collaborative, donor-centered gift planning program for an educational institution or other not-for-profit sectors
  • The ability to understand and communicate about complex gift planning issues, including estate and wealth management ant tax regulations
  • 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.

Apply for Job #73445

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Communications (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 73277)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a seasoned and successful fundraising leader is needed in the role of assistant or associate director of development to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, the largest accredited program of its kind in the nation. Reporting to the College of Communications 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.

Apply for Job #73277

Senior Associate Vice President of Principal Gifts (AVP Job # 73432)

In response to the growth of its development program, Penn State has been significantly enhancing the engagement of its top tier donors and prospects.  The Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts (AVP-PG), a key member of the senior staff in the Office of University Development (OUD), plays an important role enabling the program to meet that commitment. The AVP-PG will be charged with further developing and growing a principal gifts program as part of Penn State’s university-wide capital campaign, and draws on the record of success at other leading private and public university principal gift programs.  The AVP-PG will report to the Senior Associate Vice President for Development and serve on the executive team of the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations (VP-DDAR). The AVP-PG will lead strategy development and execution on all principal gift prospects with a gift capacity of $5 million or greater, working collaboratively and in coordination with senior development staff and assigned prospect manager(s), as appropriate, on staffing the President and Provost in fulfillment of their fundraising responsibilities. The AVP-PG will, as appropriate,

  • Attend relevant meetings of the University’s executive volunteer committee for Development.
  • The AVP-PG and his/her staff will coordinate aspects of the development efforts of the President and the Provost in their engagement of principal gift prospects.
  • Work closely with the VP-DDAR, President, Provost, the Deans and other academic thought leaders in developing marquee cross-institutional proposals that stem from the University’s campaign case for support, which complements the University’s strategic plan. This will be accomplished, in part, through the efforts of two newly created positions, Directors of Campaign Imperatives, which will report to and are managed by the AVP-PG.
  • Build and directly manage his/her own portfolio of prospects, and will also support the VP for DDAR and other senior members of the OUD staff, with their portfolio of Principal Gift prospects, focusing on those for whom the active involvement of the President or Provost is paramount.
  • Take the lead in the design and development of high-level donor engagement programs, communication materials and stewardship initiatives, working in collaboration with other central program directors in the Office of University Development.

The Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts is a senior level position and requires master’s degree or equivalent level of experience and 10 years of progressively more responsible major gifts experience in a complex environment. He/she should:

  • Be able to demonstrate a proven track record of working collaboratively with institutional colleagues to close seven and eight figure gifts.
  •  Possess the confidence, communication skills, energy and presence to work with donors and prospects of high-net worth
  • Be seen by academic and unit development directors as a valued, trustworthy and strategic partner in advancing unit goals.

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. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills and demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences.

  

In addition to applying online, please send a letter of introduction and resume to: David Lieb, Senior Associate Vice President for Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 105 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802; or you may forward your materials via facsimile: 814-863-6258 or email djl120@psu.edu. Nominations for this position should also be submitted to David Lieb at the above address, facsimile or email.

Apply for Job #73432

Director of Major Gifts, Smeal College of Business (Major Gifts Officer 4 – Job 72187)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of Director of Major Gifts 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 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
  • Proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • 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 refunding.

Apply for Job #72187

Associate Director/Director, Corporate Relations (Corporate Relations Officer 4/5 – Job 71531)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, an experienced fundraiser is needed 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 Associate Director/ 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 Associate Director/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 job will be filled as a level 4 or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. It typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus four year of related experience for a level 4. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher- level jobs. 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.

Apply for Job #71531

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, Intercollegiate Athletics (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 72316)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, 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 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 Assistant Athletic Director of Major Gifts 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 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 #72316

Senior Director of Development, College of Agricultural Sciences (Major Gifts Officer 5 – Job 72353)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, 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 Agricultural Sciences, one of the world’s foremost contributors to research and education in agriculturally-related sustainability, health, social sciences and environmental protection. Delivering programs in each of the state’s 67 counties, Penn State agricultural research, education, and extension programs put reliable, science-based information to work to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians, but also across the US and around the world. 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 Executive Director of Development and receives direction from the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences on fundraising objectives and priorities for the college. The Senior Director of Development also works with the academic departments within the college, Extension and 4-H, as well as with other partners across the University and central development offices. Additionally, this position supervises the Director of Development of the University Arboretum to oversee the overall fundraising progress and strategy. With significant experience not only in fundraising but also in management, and with an entrepreneurial and ambitious vision for the college’s and university’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 Agricultural Sciences 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 Agricultural Sciences 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.

Apply for Job #72353

Director of Major Gifts, College of Engineering (Major Gifts Officer 4 – Job 70233)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, 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.

Apply for Job #70233

Director of Development, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (Major Gifts Officer 5 - Job 70874)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a seasoned and successful fundraising leader is needed in the role of Director of Development to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), one of the nation’s leading educators of world-class scientists and 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 constituencies, this position reports directly to the Executive Director for College Fundraising and receives direction from the Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences on fundraising objectives and priorities for the college. The Director of Development also works with the academic departments 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 Director of Development will:

  • Collaborate with the Dean, faculty, and volunteers to define fundraising priorities that are consistent with College of Earth and Mineral Sciences 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 Earth and Mineral Sciences and its priorities and values.

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:

  • 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.

Apply for Job #70874

Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering (Major Gifts Officer 5 – Job 70926)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, 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 Executive Director of 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 departments 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.

Apply for Job #70926

Director of Campaign Imperatives, Office of Principal Gifts (Analysis and Planning Consultant 4/5 – Job 69171)

As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a talented development professional with a collaborative and entrepreneurial approach is needed to pioneer the newly created role of Director of Campaign Imperatives. Working closely with the Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts, this position will help to coordinate interdisciplinary thematic fundraising projects identified as priorities for the campaign and beyond. This position will be responsible for fundraising progress with a high level of visibility and momentum, creating a sense of excitement, optimism, and confidence in achieving the broad imperatives and major themes which will be a focus of the campaign. The Director of Campaign Imperatives will:

  • In collaboration with unit partners (i.e., deans, chancellors, vice presidents), lead the planning and implementation of major campaign imperatives, with a primary focus on Impact the World and Create Transformative Experiences
  • Develop and drive best practices that achieve buy-in and participation from unit leadership around interdisciplinary campaign priorities
  • Work closely with Office of University Development colleagues to coordinate strategic development and fundraising activities with the Provost and the Vice President for Research and with interdisciplinary centers and programs, emphasizing campaign imperatives and themes
  • Develop and execute short- and long-range strategies to continually identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects with a $1M+ gift capacity; as appropriate and in coordination with the Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts, conduct purposeful face-to-face visits with these prospects
  • Assist in convening discussions among academic leadership about the cross-unit collaborations essential to achieving the two focus campaign imperatives; prepare meeting materials and summaries and conduct follow-up to ensure next steps are pursued
  • Collaborate with Development Communications on materials and proposals articulating the case for the focus imperatives and solicit support for the themes comprising each imperative
  • Work with Prospect Development and Analytics to identify current and prospective donors who may have an interest in the campaign’s imperatives and themes
  • Help to monitor high-level donor cultivation and solicitation activity to ensure closure of major gifts in these areas. Work with volunteers and volunteer committees as needed to achieve the imperative goals

This job will be filled as a level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 4. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. The successful candidate will also have:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, as well as a high level of sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings
  • Proven success in gift closure at the six- and seven-figure level
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in developing strategic plans, implementing programs, organizing and motivating staff, and interacting with faculty and academic leadership
  • 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 #69171