As Penn State begins a new strategic fundraising 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 Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, a member of the Big Ten Conference and one of the most comprehensive and successful athletic programs in the country. Reporting directly to the Assistant Athletic Director of Major Gifts and working closely with the program's leadership as well as other partners and central development offices, this major gifts officer will:
Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of fans, former student-athletes, 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, values, and ambitions through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals
This job will be filled as a level 2 or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. It typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus one to three years of related experience for a level 2. 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
A passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions
An appreciation for and understanding of diverse audiences and communities
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 excellent possibility of re-funding.
Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics (http://gopsusports.com) Philanthropy will have a special impact for Intercollegiate Athletics, which receives no funding from the University budget and must cover the entire cost of fielding thirty-one varsity sports teams through revenue and philanthropy. More than 23,000 supporters each year join the Nittany Lion Club, one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country, through their annual gifts, and hundreds of donors have created endowments for scholarships, coaching positions, and program support. The generosity of fans has also built and enhanced some of the finest collegiate sports facilities in the nation, including the University's famed Beaver Stadium and the state-of-the-art Pegula Ice Arena. This support has helped more than 800 student-athletes each year to succeed on and off the field. In 2016, Penn State finished in the top ten of the Learfield Directors' Cup standings for the ninth year in row, becoming one of only two institutions nationwide to achieve such consistent and long-term strength across its athletics programs.
To support this success, more than $355 million was raised by Intercollegiate Athletics in the University's previous major fundraising effort, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. In Penn State's current campaign, Athletics will secure support for an even more ambitious vision, outlined in its strategic and facility master plans, to provide Penn State students and fans with the very best experience in intercollegiate sports.
A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence No institution offers a more powerful example of private support furthering the public good than Penn State, and the University is beginning a new effort that will allow us to fulfill our land-grant mission for a new era: A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence. This strategic, five-year fundraising initiative reflects our commitment to the three core imperatives of a truly great public university:
Open Doors: Private support can not only bring talented students from every background to Penn State - it can help them to graduate on time and on track to successful careers and lives.
Create Transformative Experiences: Philanthropy will provide the opportunities - in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in the larger world - that let students and faculty discover their full potential and make a difference.
Impact the World: With the visionary gifts of alumni and friends, we can tackle the world's most pressing problems - and solve them. The ambition of the campaign is great, but no greater than the spirit and generosity of our supporters. A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence is an opportunity for our alumni and friends to contribute to the University's future and to the future we all share.
Building a Career and a Life at Penn State http://psu.edu Since it was established in 1855 on land donated by a central Pennsylvania business leader, the institution now known as Penn State has been a pioneer in higher education, and philanthropy has been both its inspiration and its strength. Today, Penn State is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by the Time Higher Education University Rankings, the Center for World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. You can learn more about Penn State's success at: http://psu.edu/this-is-penn-state
This position is based at the University Park campus, located in State College, Pennsylvania. State College is ranked among the lowest-stress and safest small cities in the country, and along with the surrounding communities of Centre County, it offers excellent public schools, beautiful parks and other natural assets, and a broad range of cultural and athletic events and venues, including the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and a minor league baseball stadium shared with the University. To discover why residents love our region, please visit: http://statecollegepa.us http://statecollege.com
As Penn State employees, development professionals receive excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage; retirement contributions and plans; substantial tuition discounts for themselves, their spouses and domestic partners, and their unmarried children; and access to life and long-term care insurance. Above all, Penn State provides a supportive and inclusive environment in which every employee is encouraged to fulfill his or her potential for achievement. To find details about working at Penn State, please visit: http://psu.jobs
If you have questions about your future with Penn State's Office of University Development, please contact Drew Kovacs, associate director of talent acquisition, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.