Working at Penn State

Why Penn State?

So much of Penn State’s pride is steeped in its tradition and history—162 years of academic excellence; of furthering the important land-grant mission to keep higher education accessible; of cutting-edge research; and of making a real, tangible difference in the community, Commonwealth, and the world. But there’s a lot to be excited about for the future, too. Being a professional Penn Stater means being a part of pioneering education, research, and outreach that changes lives.

There’s something exciting happening here, and our staff wants to—and gets to—be a part of it.

Penn State cares about its people.

The pride of Penn Staters is legendary, and that shared identity inspires the cheer of “We Are… PENN STATE!” and their belief in the future of our University and its students. As a member of the Office of University Development, you’ll be joining a team of individuals who have the ambition to help Penn State succeed. The Division of Development and Alumni Relations has established an innovative, performance-based incentive plan that enables employees to earn a bonus of up to 9 percent of their base salary in each remaining year of the campaign. And Penn State wants to help you succeed, too. The University boasts many benefits for its employees and their families, including competitive retirement and healthcare packages, tuition discounts, and generous holidays, vacation, and sick time.

Penn State is committed to inclusivity.

In the fall of 2016, at the request of a dedicated group of students, Penn State launched a University-wide initiative called “All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.” The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness about equality within the community and to create an open-minded space for all Penn Staters—regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, ability, orientation, or opinion. The University believes that we can learn from each other’s differences and break down the barriers that separate us. Penn State strives to be an inclusive and welcoming home for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—it’s a place where everyone can be be themselves, together.

“If you’re an inclusive campus, you’re seeing people for their innate value, for all of their potential contributions.”

— President Eric Barron