Major Gifts Officer 3 (Director of Major Gifts)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Division Of Development And Alumni Relations
College of the Liberal Arts
Full/Part Time:


As Penn State pursues a fast-paced campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of Director of Major Gifts to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the College of the Liberal Arts, considered one of the leading public liberal arts colleges in the U.S. Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations in the College of the Liberal Arts 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 prospects and other key constituencies, plan and execute solicitation strategies leading to major gifts. Travel extensively throughout assigned territory to pursue these strategies and build enduring relationships, completing fifteen visits per month. Supervise, train, and/or mentor other fundraisers and support staff, as assigned. Articulate Penn State’s needs, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree plus five years of work related experience. 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; passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions; appreciation and understanding of diverse audiences and communities. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit Information about the College of the Liberal Arts is available at 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.

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