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Director of Major Gifts, Intercollegiate Athletics

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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As Penn State looks forward to the conclusion of its historically successful fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of Director of Major Gifts to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, a member of the Big Ten Conference and one of the most comprehensive and successful athletic programs in the country.

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 directly to the Assistant Athletic Director of Major Gifts and working closely with the program's leadership, as well as other partners and central development offices, this major gifts officer will:
  • Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of alumni and friends, former student-athletes, 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, completing 15 to 18 visits per month
  • Articulate Penn State's needs, ambitions, and values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals

    This position requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus a minimum of 5 years of related experience. The successful candidate will also have:
  • A 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 passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions
  • A commitment to professional development, learning, and being mentored

    Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check, in addition to standard background checks, is also required. Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position's duties and a valid driver's license are required. To learn more about philanthropy at Penn State, please visit; Information about Intercollegiate Athletics is available at

    The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

    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:

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