Assistant/Associate Director of Development, Smeal College of Business

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 20, 2021
Aug 18, 2021
Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant/Associate Director of Development, Smeal College of Business

Assistant/AssociateDirector ofDevelopment,SmealCollege of Business
As Penn State moves into the final year of a fast-paced and focused 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 join the team in engaging over 86,000 alumni and friends as partners in generating philanthropic support for the SmealCollege of Business. Smeal is a vibrant intellectual community offering highly ranked undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and executive education to more than 8,000 students from around the world. Smeal is a destination of choice for top global organizations seeking talent that will make a positive difference. Through our leading faculty and network of research centers and institutes, the college is a source of knowledge that influences the business practices of tomorrow.

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 theSmealSenior Director of Major Gifts, and working closely with a team of 20+ development and alumni relations professionals,Smealleadership, and central development office partners, the major gift officer responsibilities will include:
  • Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of graduates and other key constituencies
  • 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
  • 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 1or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience.It typically requires abachelor'sdegree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and 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
  • 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.

    Smeal College of Business
    The college has become a destination for top educators and researchers, M.B.A. and Ph.D. candidates, and undergraduates in fields ranging from finance to supply chain management. The Smeal community's commitment to ethics, integrity, and sustainability has also made it a leader in higher education, and our programs have been recognized byWall Street Journal, Forbes,andBloomberg Businessweek, among others, for their excellence and value. A full list of our current rankings and recent achievements is available

    To date, the college has raised $82.3 million toward our $88 million goal as part of the University's $2.1 billion A Greater Penn State for 21stCentury Excellence fundraising campaign.Continuing private support will be essential as the Smeal College of Business pursues an even more ambitious vision for itself and its students: becoming one of the nation's top five public business schools.

    Amid a national reckoning regarding race and social justice, Smeal has taken a number of steps to foster awareness through training and curriculum, outreach and support to diverse groups, and work to admit, hire, and retain individuals who represent diversity at Penn State. To advance this work, Smeal created the Smeal Minority-Owned Business Network to help alumni of color who own businesses to network and engage with the University and the dean established the Diversity Task Force charged with establishing best practices in training, recruitment, and retention for faculty and staff. To learn more about the Smeal College of Business, visit

    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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    Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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