Advancement and Giving Specialist (Director of Campus Development, Great Valley)
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 of Penn State. A frontline fundraiser is needed to engage alumni and friends in supporting Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, a Commonwealth graduate campus. Penn State Great Valley offers eight master’s degrees and ten graduate certificates in addition to non-credit professional development programs relevant to today’s workplace. Designed to meet the demands of work, family and life in general, our courses are offered in a flexible, seven-week format. Penn State and its Office of University Development are seeking a director of campus development for the Penn State Great Valley campus. This position reports directly to the executive director of development at Penn State University Park and has a close working relationship with the chancellor of Penn State Great Valley. The individual in this post will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to all aspects of the advancement and development programs at the Great Valley campus. The director is responsible for developing goal-setting plans for annual fund raising, as well as campaign plans, and directing related activities in support of these goals and objectives. The Director shall work collaboratively with leadership of the Great Valley campus, as well as development and campaign committee volunteers, the campus advisory board and central University Development staff to ensure fundraising success. The Director is expected to solicit annual leadership gifts ($2,500+) as well as secure major gifts ($100,000+) and lead the campus’ development efforts to successfully identify, cultivate and solicit alumni and friends in support of Penn State Great Valley’s fundraising goals. This individual will also work to engage department heads and faculty and cultivate loyalty to the University and the campus. It is expected that the director will complete a total of twelve (12) monthly visits (minimum) each month with prospects and donors. The director will also manage the development budget for Penn State Great Valley and will be in charge of preparing, reviewing, editing and packaging formal development proposals. The Director shall also analyze and interpret available research data pertinent to the development of relationships with potential donors. This role requires a capacity to think and act strategically concerning the process of identification, cultivation and solicitation of annual leadership donors and major gift prospects. Those who are well organized and self-directed are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate should have a track record of success in exceeding philanthropic fundraising goals. Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills and a proven ability to self-motivate and work independently and collaboratively are integral to this role. The person selected for this post will have the ability to work as part of a team, possess a passion for higher education, have an understanding of complex institutions and also have an appreciation and understanding of working with diverse audiences and communities. Prior development and campaign experience is preferred. Travel is required. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. This position requires the director to operate a motor vehicle as part of his/her 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.
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