Major Gifts Officer 4 (Director of Major Gifts)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – N – Exempt
Work Unit:
Division of Development and Alumni Relations
Full/Part Time:


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 in supporting the College of Education. The college is one of the nation’s leading providers of teacher preparation, as well as a wide range of other educational professions, and research across a broad array of disciplines and specialties. Reporting directly to the 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. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit Information about the College of Education is available at Typically requires a Bachelor's degree 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 will be required in addition to standard background checks. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit Information about the College of Education is available at This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088