Assistant/Associate Director of Development 2/3 – Job 83319

As Penn State pursues a fast-paced and focused campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, its University Programs and Parent Philanthropy unit seeks a development professional with experience and success in frontline fundraising to pioneer a new model of engaging alumni and friends in support of Educational Equity. Penn State is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution and we are concerned uniquely with the institutional change required for visioning and realizing a more socially just University.

The Office of Educational Equity is charged with the creation of a strong, diverse, and vibrant student community at Penn State, and in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at all levels. Reporting to the Director of Development for University Programs and Parent Philanthropy and working closely with a high-level leadership team in the Office of Educational Equity to envision and implement an innovative and comprehensive fundraising strategy for an area of significant importance in the University’s strategic plan, the major gift officer will:

  • Build mutually beneficial relationships with alumni and friends in support of students from minoritized and historically underserved communities
  • Travel extensively throughout the region and across the country to cultivate gifts for Educational Equity
  • Track to a fixed and aggressive set of fundraising metrics
  • Plan and execute solicitation strategies leading to major gifts
  • 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 2, or level 3, 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 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
  • 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 Information about Educational Equity is available at This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from hire date, with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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