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Director of Development, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Development, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications (Major Gifts Officer 4)

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of Director of Development to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.
Penn State is also committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. This position is based at the University Park campus, located in State College, Pennsylvania

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.
The college is one of the largest accredited programs of its kind in the nation, offering eight undergraduate majors, a master's degree in media studies and Ph.D. program in mass communications, with several distinct areas of emphasis.

Charged with guiding and overseeing all development and alumni relations activities for the college's high-potential constituencies, this position reports directly to an Assistant Vice President for University Development and receives direction from the college's leadership on fundraising objectives and priorities. The Director of Development also works with other partners across the University and central development offices. With significant experience not only in fundraising but also in management, and with an entrepreneurial and ambitious vision for the college's fundraising operation, the Director of Development will:
  • Articulate Penn State's and the college's needs, ambitions, and values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, through excellent informal and formal communications, including written proposals
  • Identify a pool and a pipeline of major gift prospects for immediate and long-term cultivation
  • Supervise, train, and mentor a team of fundraisers, alumni relations professionals, and support staff, with a sustained focus on fostering inclusive relationships that yield meaningful results
  • Develop annual goals, plans, and budgets for a comprehensive, strategy-driven fundraising program
  • Recruit and guide a diversely representative volunteer committee charged with meaningful roles and responsibilities in the fundraising process
  • Manage a portfolio of top prospects. Plan and execute solicitation strategies leading to major gifts.
  • Travel extensively throughout the region and across the country, meet aggressive fundraising metrics
  • Serve as an ambassador for the college and promote its priorities and values

    This position typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher and seven years or more of combined major gifts and related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will also have:
  • A record of securing major gifts and meeting fundraising goals
  • A dedication, understanding, the skills required to build relationships with diverse communities and demonstrated knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Experience in managing and leading goal-oriented teams and in planning development strategies
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills, with a particular sensitivity to sophisticated, high-net worth audiences. Impeccable writing, presentation skills

    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.

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