Advancement and Giving Specialist 2—Job 87383

As Penn State pursues a fast-paced and focused campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, the Office of Annual Giving is seeking qualified applicants for annual leadership gift officer positions. Annual Leadership Gifts Officers contribute to growing the number of donors, and private philanthropic support dollars raised each year, and strategically assist in efforts to encourage and increase participation in the University’s President’s Club gift recognition society (minimum $2500 annual gift total).

Established in 2014, Penn State’s Annual Leadership Gifts (ALG) program has hired thirteen gift officers who have assisted loyal donors in directing nearly $8.5 million to the University. The ALG program provides successful candidates with an intensive front line fundraising experience working side-by-side with other advancement professionals as a member of one of the leading development and alumni relations teams in the nation.

ALG Officer duties include:

  • Primary responsibility for face-to-face solicitations of qualified current and potential President’s Club members
  • The creation, implementation, and evaluation of plans to solicit philanthropic support from alumni, parents, and others who may have the potential to make an annual gift
  • Conducting discovery visits to assess, cultivate, and solicit contributions between $500 to $10,000 annually
  • Make a minimum of 140 solicitations, averaging at least 188 visits per year
  • Extensive travel (including domestic air) is required
  • Articulate Penn State’s needs, ambitions, and values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals


These positions typically require a bachelor’s degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Other qualifications include:

  • Experience with personal solicitations, phone/mail campaigns, or other non-profit organizations is preferred
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills
  • 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.

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