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Director of Major Gifts, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Feb 3, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Major Gifts, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, REQ_0000020948

A top frontline fundraiser is needed in the role of Director of Major Gifts to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

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, this Director of Major Gifts 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 requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus five years of work-related experience. 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 passion for higher education and an understanding of complex institutions
  • 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. This position is based at the University Park campus, located in State College, Pennsylvania.

    The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
    Philanthropy will have a special impact in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), whose enrollment has more than doubled over the last decade. Top students and faculty are choosing the college for its excellence across all its disciplines, including programs in geology, geochemistry and environmental sciences, and materials science and engineering that are ranked among the very best of their kind in the country. With the nation's #1 program for materials science and engineering research expenditures, three Nobel Prize winners, and many members of the National Science and Engineering Academies, EMS is not only a home for groundbreaking discoveries and innovative education, but also an important partner with industry and government in addressing urgent issues such as climate change and energy security. The college's faculty have earned multiple seven-figure grants to study critical topics including intelligent natural gas supply systems and greenhouse gases, and they are committed to sharing their knowledge with students at every level. The college's 21,000 living alumni include leaders in fields ranging from the petroleum industry to meteorology to policy and finance.

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