Major Gifts Officer 5 (Senior Director of Development for Eberly College of Science)

Penn State University

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


The Office of University Development seeks a seasoned and successful fundraising leader for the role of Senior Director of Development in the Eberly College of Science. This development professional will lead a team of thirteen to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the College. Following the retirement of the current Senior Director, the new leader will be charged with guiding and overseeing all Development and Alumni Relations activities for one of Penn State’s largest and highest-potential constituencies. This position reports directly to the Executive Director of Development and receives direction from and supports the Dean and academic leadership team on fundraising objectives and priorities. The Senior Director will: Act as the leader and lead fundraiser for the College, managing a diverse staff of fundraisers and alumni relations and stewardship professionals; Collaborate with College leadership and volunteers to define and further existing fundraising priorities consistent with College and Penn State University; Identify a pool and a pipeline of prospects for immediate and long-term cultivation; Develop annual goals, plans, and budgets for a comprehensive fundraising program; Supervise, train, and mentor a team of fundraisers, alumni relations and stewardship professionals, and support staff - with a focus on building team cohesiveness and increasing and sustaining fundraising results as well as long-term alumni and friend relationships; Recruit and guide a volunteer committee charged with meaningful roles and responsibilities in the fundraising/campaign process; Personally manage a portfolio of top prospects and plan and execute solicitation strategies leading to principal and major gift level commitments; 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; Serve as a confident and enthusiastic ambassador for the Eberly College of Science and its priorities and values; Articulate Penn State’s needs, ambitions, and values through excellent informal and formal communications, and written proposals and, specifically, support University and College efforts in increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree plus eight years of work related experience. Preferred qualifications include development and major gift experience, experience managing and leading metrics-driven teams, exemplary interpersonal and communication skills, strong writing/presentation skills, demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and a commitment to professional development and learning. Applications reviewed as received.

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