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Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Engineering

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 18, 2020

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Engineering

As Penn State continues a record-setting 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 the College of Engineering, one of the nation's leading educators of world-class engineers and leading producers of world-class research. The University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world class research institution. We are dedicated to fostering institutional change required to realize a more socially just University and we value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development and working closely with the college's leadership, as well as other partners and central development offices, this major gifts officer will:
  • Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of graduates and other key constituencies
  • Articulate Penn State's needs, ambitions, and values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals
  • 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, tracked to a fixed and appropriately aggressive set of fundraising metrics

    This position will be filled as a level 1 or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. It typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience for a level 1. 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
  • A dedication to and understanding of the skills required to build relationships with diverse communities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
  • 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.

    The College of Engineering (
    Philanthropy will have a special impact in the College of Engineering, whose more than 95,000 living alumni include leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in every field of engineering. Its undergraduate program is the second-largest in the country, and, along with the Engineering graduate program, it is ranked among the top twenty-five of its kind nationwide by U.S. News and World Report. Across twelve departments and schools and more than thirty research centers, the College of Engineering's world-class faculty is in the top ten for number of grants and publications, and it is committed to interdisciplinary research and hands-on education that prepares students for success in a rapidly changing world.

    To support this success, over $200 million was raised by the College of Engineering in the University's most recent major fundraising effort, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. In Penn State's current campaign, the College of Engineering will secure support for an even more ambitious vision: achieving global preeminence and deepening our impact on society.

    A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence
    Penn State is a leading institution in furthering the public good while fulfilling our land-grant mission for a new era. This record-setting strategic fundraising initiative reflects our commitment to three core imperatives:;

    Building a Career and a Life at Penn State
    Penn State is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education University Rankings, the Center for World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities:

    Penn State is also committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. We are concerned uniquely with the institutional change required for visioning and realizing a more socially just University:

    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, with excellent public schools, beautiful parks and other natural assets, and a broad range of cultural and athletic events and venues: and

    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:

    If you have questions about your future with Penn State's Office of University Development, please contact Karen Mothersbaugh, talent acquisition specialist, at and visit:

    Apply online at

    CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

    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.

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