Public Relations Specialist 2 (Writer/Editor)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
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Level/Salary Band:
02 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
Division of Development and Alumni Relations
Development Communications
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As a member of Penn State’s Office of Development Communications, 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 strength of Penn State. Through consistent and compelling messages across traditional and digital media, our team partners with other units within the Office of University Development (OUD) and across the University to build a culture of philanthropy and secure support from the larger Penn State community. In this position, an experienced and versatile writer/editor will have the opportunity to support the University’s fundraising and stewardship activities, helping to solicit commitments and create an exceptional giving experience for our donors. Working in close collaboration with the other members of the Development Communications and University Development teams, students, faculty members, and leaders across the University, the Development Communications writer/editor will research, organize, draft, and revise annual giving solicitations, web and social media content, written major gift proposals, stewardship communications, and a variety of marketing materials in support of Penn State’s Office of University Development. Its duties may also include scripting for major donor events; presentations to individual donors and organizations; crisis communications; internal communications, such as content for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations intranet site; and messages, articles, and other contributions to Penn State development publications and digital media. The position demands not only superlative communication skills but also tact, persistence, integrity, and an ability to succeed under pressure, as well as the time-management skills to handle multiple deadlines with minimal supervision. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate expertise in writing and editing, with special consideration given to experience in development communications, public relations, corporate communications, and/or journalism. The successful candidate will also have the ability to grasp and communicate intellectually challenging concepts, create both emotional and logical appeals, write in a wide range of styles and formats, and partner successfully with both individuals and teams. This writer/editor must also have a passion for higher education; an understanding of complex institutions; demonstrated knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education; a dedication to and understanding of the skills required to build relationships with diverse communities; and a commitment to professional development, learning, and being mentored. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit This is a fixed-term position 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