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 12/8/2016.

Current Openings

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 (engineering.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

Director of Major Gifts, Smeal College of Business(Major Gifts Officer 4 – Job 67311)

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
  • 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. 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 #67311

Director of Major Gifts, College of Engineering (Major Gifts Officer 4 – Job 67171)

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 #67171

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, University Libraries (Major Gifts Officer 2/3 – Job 66810)

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 #66810

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