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Current Career Opportunities

Penn State is always looking for talented professionals to join the development team.

To apply for a position within the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the job number listed next to the position.

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This list is current as of April 2, 2014.

Current Openings

Major Gifts Officer 4, Smeal College of Business (Job #42500)

Penn State’s Office of University Development is seeking a Major Gifts Officer for the Smeal College of Business. Reports directly to the Director of Development for the Smeal College of Business and also has a close working relationship with the Dean and Department Heads of the College. The successful candidate will focus on prospects with gift capacities of $50,000 or greater. The successful candidate will need to think strategically to help plan and implement major gift fundraising efforts on behalf of the Smeal College of Business in order to identify, cultivate, and solicit alumni and other key constituents. In consultation with the Director of Development and the Office of University Development, this Major Gifts Officer will work on: gift strategy, proposal development, prospect/donor visitation and related follow-up. Expected to complete an average minimum of fifteen (15) monthly visits with prospects and donors. May supervise assigned staff. Extensive travel is required. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills and demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences. 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. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree plus five years of work related experience.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Major Gifts Officer 5, College of the Liberal Arts (Job #42490)

Penn State’s Office of University Development is seeking a Director of Development for the College of the Liberal Arts. The University is in the final months of an ambitious, $2 billion comprehensive, seven-year fundraising campaign. As a lead player for one of the largest Development units at Penn State, the Director of Development will be a high-profile job within the University and requires a candidate with extraordinary experience and vision. This senior Major Gifts Officer will report directly to the Associate Vice President of University Development and will have a close working relationship with the Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts. The College encompasses more than 90,000 alumni and currently raises approximately $12-15 million in annual commitments. The Director of Development will be responsible for the oversight and management of these fundraising efforts and will direct the frontline fundraising staff. The successful candidate must work collaboratively and be able to provide the College with professional guidance and strong leadership to conceive and execute successful strategies for cultivating private philanthropy. This job is specifically responsible for the following: developing goal setting and fundraising plans for the office’s annual budget; personally managing a portfolio of major gift prospects, including a minimum of eleven (11) monthly visits with prospects and donors; identifying, cultivating, and soliciting alumni and other donors in support of the College of the Liberal Arts fundraising goals; working collaboratively with the Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts, development council volunteers, and central University Development staff to ensure fundraising success; engaging Department Heads and faculty in the fundraising enterprise; managing and guiding the existing staff to work collaboratively across the College of the Liberal Arts and the University to achieve maximum fundraising productivity; and recruiting, training, and managing a volunteer development committee. The Director of Development fully participates in strategic initiatives of the College. In addition, the Director also manages the Alumni Relations and Communications functions in the College. Extensive travel is required, along with strong communication, organizational, interpersonal, and presentation skills. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills and demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher plus seven years of related experience. 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.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Annual Giving Specialist 3, Athletics (Job #42192)

The qualified candidate will report directly to the Director of the Nittany Lion Club/Annual Fund and provide administrative oversight to the Varsity ‘S’ Club, an Alumni Interest Group (AIG), made-up of former University Park student-athletes, team managers, cheerleaders, and mascots. In addition, the job will serve as a liaison with the Coaches for sports specific giving (Sports Restricted); successfully integrating both the Varsity ‘S’ Club and sports specific giving into the current structure of the Nittany Lion Club; develop and maintain a comprehensive membership database that is compatible with ACS and Archtics; provide leadership to any established advisory/volunteer boards and attend all annual meetings; recruit and educate volunteers to assist with Club activities and be the primary staff liaison with volunteers involved with the Varsity ‘S’ portion of Intercollegiate Athletics’ fundraising efforts; meet with athletic team coaches to identify annual fundraising goals; serve as the primary liaison for athletic team reunions, banquets, booster clubs and special fundraising events; develop strategies that will increase former student-athlete giving, educate current student-athletes and students about the Nittany Lion Club and the benefits of membership in the Student Nittany Lion Club; contribute to the communication efforts (i.e., newsletters, Website, special promotions, social media etc.) of the Nittany Lion Club; and complete special projects and other duties as assigned by the Assistant Athletic Director for Development and/or the Director of the Nittany Lion Club/Annual Fund. This job is also responsible for managing a major gift prospect portfolio of 25 prospects which includes the assessment, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of potential donors (specifically former student-athletes with major gift capacity). The successful candidate must demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences. Preference will be given to candidates that have fundraising and event management experience and former student-athlete backgrounds. The candidate will need to demonstrate the ability to work independently, think innovatively and creatively to implement fundraising ideas, manage staff, administer budgets, and work collaboratively with people from various backgrounds. 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. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree plus three years of work related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


OUD Manager 5 (Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations), Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Job #42191)

The Executive Director for Development and Alumni Relations reports to the Associate Vice President for Development and Chief Development Officer for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State University College of Medicine. The Executive Director for Development and Alumni Relations provides leadership and day-to-day management for Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s major gifts team, the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital fundraising team, corporate and foundation relations, community fundraising/cause marketing and the annual giving and alumni relations team. The Executive Director directly supervises five professionals, overseeing an overall team of 22 development professionals and 6 administrative staff. Direct reports include the Director of Development for Children’s Health, Director of Major Gifts, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, and an Administrative Assistant. The Executive Director conceptualizes, plans, and executes a strategic and coordinated program of fundraising including major gifts, planned giving, annual giving and third-party fundraising within the framework of top funding priorities for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the College of Medicine. As a senior member of the Penn State Hershey Development and Alumni Relations team, the Executive Director work closely with the Associate Vice President for Development, University Development staff, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine leadership and physicians to translate hospital, clinical department, and patient care fundraising priorities and needs into persuasive proposals and compelling gift and grant opportunities. The Executive Director plays an integral role in strategic and programmatic planning within the division and will help to develop appropriate fundraising plans to support the priorities that emerge from this process. Develop an understanding of the educational, research, clinical, and financial needs and goals of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. Set a strategic direction for the major gifts team—which includes identifying priorities, policies, strategies, and tactics to support the overall goals of Development team. Set appropriate annual production goals, and monitors progress on a regular basis in order to maximize major and annual giving gift staff performance in prospect identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship activities, and physician and volunteer engagement. Personally manage and staff a portfolio of key major gift level ($100,000 and above) donors and prospects; maintains frequent contact with these constituents while engaging institutional leadership—including the Associate Vice President for Development, Dean/CEO, physicians, volunteers, and key members of the Penn State University administrative leadership—in appropriate donor and/or prospect related efforts. Provide leadership and strategic direction for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital fundraising, Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, Major Gift fundraising and Corporate and Foundation Relations fundraising. Along with the Associate Vice President, provide oversight for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital Development Committee, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Development Committee, Children’s Miracle Network Advisory Board, and Four Diamonds Advisory Board, the Post-Campaign cabinet and the Nominating Committee. Work closely and collaboratively with prospect research/management to ensure coordination of fundraising efforts with the grateful patient and families program. Assist in setting the strategic direction for the implementation, coordination of the grateful patient and families fundraising program, ensuring appropriate follow-up steps are taken by front line fundraisers in a timely fashion. Collaborate with institutional leadership, faculty, fundraisers, and development communications staff to translate Medical Center and College of Medicine strategic initiatives and programmatic/capital needs into persuasive proposals and compelling gift/grant opportunities. Conceptualize, direct, and implement a strategic planned giving program specific to Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine constituents, under the direction of the Associate Vice President and in coordination with the University’s Office of Planned Giving. Collaborate with Director of Donor Communications and Stewardship to provide strategic input into the evaluation of existing development communications materials and the ongoing creation and production of new fundraising materials. Provide input with strategic events and other activities to cultivate and steward top-tier gift/grant prospects and donors. Participate in developing fundraising priorities, strategies for implementation, timetables, and communications plans. Develop and sustain appropriate training and career development activities for staff members. Work collaboratively with colleagues across University Development. Manage and oversees departmental budgets. Strong leadership experience with demonstrated ability to mentor, manage, and motivate a team of experienced and entry-level front line fundraising staff is required. In-depth experience in and knowledge of both individual and organizational major gift/grant (i.e., $100,000 and above) fundraising in a higher education environment. Experience in academic healthcare in preferred. Demonstrated success in securing major gift commitments. Achievement in a broad-based development leadership role in a complex organization-preferably during a campaign in a medical/academic medical center or scientific environment. Superior oral and written communication skills reflecting ability to translate complex technical, scientific concepts into compelling fundraising proposals. Direct experience working with volunteers and volunteer groups, reflecting ability to recruit, motivate, and manage volunteer leadership. Ability to articulate a compelling case for major philanthropic support for priority programs, projects, and activities to prospects. Demonstrated effectiveness in managing multiple projects and solicitations simultaneously. Ability to function effectively in a complex organizational environment demanding high energy level, discretion, patience, enthusiasm, and humor. Must be willing to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed. 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. Typically requires a Master’s degree plus thirteen years of work related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Human Resources Specialist 3
Associate Director of Talent Acquisition (Job #41884)

The Office of University Development (OUD) is seeking an Associate Director of Talent Acquisition who will be responsible for developing comprehensive recruitment strategies for the hiring of fundraising staff. Duties include job posting optimization, job marketing strategies and digital and non-digital employment marketing. The successful candidate will develop and execute an employment brand strategy that leads to increased candidate flow and optimizes all candidate sources. The Associate Director of Talent Acquisition must be committed to recruiting fundraising professionals for a leading development program at a major research university. This position will report to University Development’s Director of Talent Management and collaborate and coordinate with the OUD Human Resources Office, and serve unit and central Directors of Development as the Associate Director’s major clients. The Associate Director of Talent Acquisition will identify and source appropriate talent for current open fundraising positions within the organization and identify future talent needs. The Associate Director will proactively recruit and source while developing and enhancing a talent pool. Other activities include working closely with Penn State’s Office of Human Resources and OUD Human Resources in managing the recruitment process and employee life-cycle, including initial assessments, interviews, and offers. The Associate Director will develop hiring strategies and prepare recruitment marketing materials in collaboration with the Development Communications office; collect and interpret data to enhance recruitment efforts; analyze the market for fundraising professionals to identify and evaluate trends; and expand a candidate database and maintain personal and electronic contact with potential candidates. The Associate Director of Talent Acquisition will provide recruitment counsel and guidance to unit managers and assist with both external and internal acquisition efforts. The Associate Director will also survey interviewed candidates and create quarterly reports working with the OUD Human Resources Office and perform other duties as assigned. This position requires significant travel to personally recruit individual candidates and attend professional conferences (CASE, AFP, etc.) to conduct recruitment activities. An in-depth understanding and use of social media, job boards, Internet sourcing, and other technical means to source candidates for open jobs is required. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills and demonstrate a genuine appreciation for working with diverse audiences. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree plus four years of work related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed term position funded for one year from date of hire with excellent chance of refunding.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Major Gifts Officer 2/3, Penn State Harrisburg (Job #40719)

Penn State’s Office of University Development is seeking a Major Gifts Officer (Assistant Director of Development). This major gifts job reports directly to the Director of Development at Penn State Harrisburg. Responsible for assisting in the development and operation of fundraising programs designed to secure major gifts for Penn State Harrisburg and the University. Will work independently but under the direction of the Director of Development to establish, implement, and evaluate plans for major gift solicitation strategies. Match Penn State Harrisburg and University strengths with prospective donor interests. Prepare, review, edit, and package formal proposals. Collate and interpret available research data pertinent to the development of relationships with potential donors. Expected to complete an average minimum of fifteen (15) monthly visits with prospects and donors. Requires a capacity to think and act strategically in the process of identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects. Must possess a passion for higher education and its benefits. Those who are well organized, self-directed and willing to travel extensively are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills and demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences. Within your cover letter, please describe your experiences working in a collaborative or team environment. Please highlight how you worked to engage donors and build trust and touch on the types of relationships you were able to foster with donors/clients and the outcomes that resulted from your work. 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 one year of related experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. 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. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Marketing Communications Specialist 3, Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Job #40623)

Provide communications support to development officers by creating materials including letters, proposals, white papers, message points, donor marketing collateral materials, planned giving materials, presentations, and other information to assist in donor cultivation, solicitation, fundraising, and stewardship. Write and develop event materials including invitations, programs, and follow up materials. Work with leadership on invitation lists, coordinate production and distribution of materials. Develop messaging to support donor impact letters, endowments, and scholarship support, web pages and an electronic newsletter. Work closely with development officers and the Executive Director by attending meetings and/or conducting interviews with faculty, physicians, and researchers in an effort to develop appropriate content and messaging for materials. Provide assistance to support stewardship function including monitoring, updating, and performing routine maintenance of database information. Collaborate with Operations Unit to track and monitor unspent funds and assist with identifying and maintaining key information to help track and schedule stewardship initiatives. Assist with editing a variety of materials and reports. Progressively responsible experience in writing/communications required. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills are required along with project management experience and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize workload, and meet aggressive deadlines. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills and demonstrate a genuine appreciation for working with diverse audiences. Must be detail-oriented and respect confidentiality. Working knowledge of Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access is required as is experience with database systems and managing large volumes of information. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Annual Giving Specialist 3, Athletics (Job #41537)

Reporting to the Director of Development for the Annual Fund, the Associate Director of Development will serve as a member of the Nittany Lion Club external fundraising unit and will be responsible for the following essential duties: Responsible for assisting in the development and execution of comprehensive annual fund solicitation strategies, including personal solicitations, cultivation and stewardship of donors. Conduct over 250 in person visits annually with Nittany Lion Club members or prospective members. Actively build and develop a prospect pipeline of leadership annual fund donors. Collaborate with Nittany Lion Club Chapters to effectively lead chapters towards increased membership and successful special events. Serve as a positive member of the PSU community by participating in university and community activities. Assist in marketing, event planning, programming, development and strategic planning for the Varsity “S” Club, the former letterwinners program within the Nittany Lion Club. Support all donor related annual giving membership benefit fulfillment, most notably parking related benefits. Assist in coordinating Nittany Lion Club marketing, publications, social media and online content. Coordinate and develop strategies for increased Student Nittany Lion Club participation. Support all capital campaigns, planned giving activities and premium seating projects. Provide excellent member service. Maintain a culture of rules compliance and institutional control within the Intercollegiate Athletics. Contribute to the overall success of the PSU Athletics department and the Nittany Lion Club by willingly performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Development for the Annual Fund and Director of the Varsity ‘S’ Club. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree plus three years of work related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer 5, Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Job #40790)

Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine is seeking a Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. This job reports directly to the Executive Director for Development. The successful candidate will manage the fundraising efforts for corporations and foundations with an interest in medical research, patient care, medical education and community health education; provide professional guidance in identifying and executing strategies that are most likely to be achieved through corporate philanthropy and foundation giving; manage a portfolio of gift prospects; and lead the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of companies and foundations in support of the Medical Center/College of Medicine’s fundraising goals. The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations works collaboratively with hospital administrative, academic leadership, volunteers and University Development staff to ensure fundraising success. The candidate also serves as primary liaison to Penn State’s Corporate and Foundation Relations Office. This position may supervise assigned staff. Travel is required. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills, have the ability to work well in a team setting, be a proven self-starter, and demonstrate a genuine appreciation for working with diverse audiences. 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.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Major Gifts Officer 4 (Director of Major Gifts), Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Job #39668)

Penn State’s Office of University Development is seeking a Director of Major Gifts for Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. Penn State is in the public phase of a $2 billion plus capital campaign. Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s goal of $300 million will play an integral role in the University’s successful completion of this campaign. The Director of Major Gifts reports directly to the Executive Director of Development and also has a close working relationship with the Associate Vice President of Development, Chief Executive Officer and Dean, and department chairs. The successful candidate will focus on prospects with gift capacities of $50,000 or greater and will need to think strategically to help plan and implement major gift fundraising efforts in order to identify, cultivate, and solicit alumni, grateful patients, friends, faculty and staff, and other key constituents. In consultation with the Executive Director of Development, the Director of Major Gifts will work on gift strategy, proposal development, prospect/donor visitation and related follow-up. The Director is expected to complete a minimum of fifteen (15) monthly visits with prospects and donors. The Director of Major Gifts plans, implements and is accountable for the major gifts fundraising program; develops proposals and coordinates fundraising efforts to eliminate duplication of efforts; manages major gifts team to meet fundraising goals; supervises prospect manager and researcher to help identify potential benefactors; provides leadership, mentoring and evaluation of the major gifts team. The candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills and demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences. Familiarity with academic medical centers or large scientific/health care research institutions and supervisory experience is desirable. 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. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree plus five years of work related experience. Within your cover letter, please describe your experiences working in a collaborative or team environment. Please highlight how you worked to engage donors and build trust and touch on the types of relationships you were able to foster with donors/clients and the outcomes that resulted from your work.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Research & Prospect Tracking Specialist 4, Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Job #39663)

The Research & Prospect Tracking Specialist compiles and analyzes detailed financial, biographical and other publicly available information on individuals and organizations to determine prospects’ relationship with the University, their philanthropic interests, and potential giving capacity. Performs data mining and analysis tasks using a data warehouse and Microsoft Access and Excel to identify and analyze large datasets. Serve as liaison with Directors of Development and their units on identifying prospective donors and making assignments, providing relevant information relating to their prospects or areas of interest, training fundraising staff on systems and software that support their fundraising efforts and assisting in the goal setting process. Essential qualifications include: high ethical standards in the handling of confidential information; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines; excellent writing skills; proven experience using the Internet as a research tool; and expertise in interpreting, analyzing, and summarizing information. Comfort in using and exploring new technologies is essential. Experience using Microsoft Access or other relational database management tools as well as data warehouse experience is preferred. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal skills, have the ability to work well in a team setting, be a proven self-starter and demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree plus six years of work related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from date of hire with a good chance of refunding.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.


Major Gifts Officer 1, Communications (Job #39229)

The successful candidate will directly report to the Director of Development for the College of Communications. They will be responsible for working with the Director of Development on the organization and execution of fundraising programs and related activities for the College. The Development Assistant will assist in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. In addition, the Development Assistant will assist in developing fundraising plans for prospects, plan and implement on- and off-campus alumni and cultivation meetings and events and assist in the development and production of communication tools, proposals, and reports. The Development Assistant provides support with general correspondence, prepares regular progress reports, maintains records and files, administers budgets, and posts announcements, photographs and videos to the Web. Travel may be required to visit prospects and donors. The successful candidate must possess exemplary interpersonal and communication skills, strong writing skills, and demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences. This position requires you operate a motor vehicle as a 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. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources employment website. You will need to reference the Job number listed next to the position.