Major Gifts Officer 2

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 13, 2021
May 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Major Gifts Officer 2

Our Current Opportunity in the College of Health and Human Development

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 Health and Human Development, a collaborative community of faculty, staff, students and alumni committed to innovative education, interdisciplinary research, and effective outreach that improves health and well-being for all communities and all people, from conception through the end of life. 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 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.

    College of Health and Human Development
    Philanthropy has significant impact in the College of Health and Human Development, which is committed to continuing its long tradition of leadership in improving well-being across the human lifespan and strengthening families and communities. Its more than 70,000 alumni include physicians, nutritionists, and other medical professionals; hospitality industry executives; government officials and policy makers; researchers and educators; and other leaders who are shaping our shared quality of life. Today, the college's eight academic departments offer some of Penn State's most popular programs and majors, enrolling more than 4,500 students. Through six research centers and other interdisciplinary efforts, Health and Human Development faculty are advancing progress in a diverse range of fields such as prevention science, healthy aging, communication disorders, health policy, human nutrition, and brand management.

    The College of Health and Human Development embraces diversity, equity and inclusion as core values with a goal to empower a broadly diverse generation to become leaders and scholars who promote human health, development and quality of life throughout the lifespan. With our focus on the improvement of the quality of individuals' lives within their families and communities, the College naturally places the understanding of diversity in a central position in both its mission and vision.

    In Penn State's current campaign, the College of Health and Human Development is raising support to realize their ambitious vision:

    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

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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.