Major Gifts Officer (Assistant / Associate Director of Development)
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 the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), one of the nation’s leading educators of world-class scientists and engineers and leading producers of world-class research. Reporting to the college’s 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 to 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. 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. The successful candidate will also have: a track record of success in securing major gifts and meeting fundraising goals; exemplary interpersonal and communication skills; 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 position funded for one year from hire date, with excellent possibility of re-funding. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit giveto.psu.edu. Information about The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is available at ems.psu.edu.
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