Major Gifts Officer (Assistant/Associate Director of Major Gifts)
Penn State University
As Penn State begins a new strategic 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 Harrisburg. The college is recognized as the largest Commonwealth College and continues to grow while providing vibrant academic and extracurricular activities for more than 5100 students from 30 states and 45 countries. In addition its nationally accredited programs are enhanced by the work of more than 10 research centers and institutes and the exceptional partnerships with local industry and organizations. Reporting to the Penn State Harrisburg Director of Development and working closely with the college’s 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 to eighteen visits per month; articulate Penn State’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals. 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. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit giveto.psu.edu. Information about Penn State Harrisburg is available at harrisburg.psu.edu. 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, or an equivalent combination of education and 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 the date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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