Major Gifts Officer (Assistant/Associate Director of Development)
Penn State University
- University Park Campus
- Campus City:
- University Park, PA
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- Date Closing:
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- Work Unit:
- Division of Development and Alumni Relations
- Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
- 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 or Associate Director of Development to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, the largest accredited program of its kind in the nation. Reporting to the Bellisario College of Communications Director of Development and working closely with the Bellisario College’s 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, tracked to a fixed and appropriately aggressive set of fundraising metrics; articulate Penn State’s needs, ambitions, and values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, 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 1. 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; 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. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit raise.psu.edu. Information about the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications is available at bellisario.psu.edu. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from date of hire, with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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