Major Gifts Officer 1 (Assistant Director)
Penn State University
- University Park Campus
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- Job Number:
- Level/Salary Band:
- 01 – I – Exempt
- Work Unit:
- Division of Development and Alumni Relations
- Development and Alumni Relations
- Full/Part Time:
As Penn State pursues a fast-paced and focused campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of Assistant Director of Development, with opportunities for placement in one of the following units: College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, Schreyer Honors College, Smeal College of Business. Reporting 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 to eighteen visits per month; articulate Penn State’s needs, ambitions, and values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Prefer individuals who are candidates for the CASE North American Fundraising Residency Program. 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; 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; a commitment to professional development, learning, and being mentored. 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 appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit raise.psu.edu. Information about the potential colleges of placement are available at their websites: ed.psu.edu (education), engr.psu.edu (Engineering), nursing.psu.edu (Nursing), shc.psu.edu (Schreyer), smeal.psu.edu (Smeal).
These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.