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Director of Development

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 Development to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, one of […]

Director of Development
Campus/Location: University Park
Date Announced: 01-25-2022
Date Closing: open until filled
Job Number: unavailable
Work Unit: unavailable
Department: unavailable
Full/Part Time:Full Time

Description

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 Development to engage alumni and friends as partners in supporting the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, one of the largest educators of pre-licensure students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with over 2000 undergraduate and graduate students on 13 campuses.

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.

Charged with guiding and overseeing all development and alumni relations activities for the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing’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 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 to pursue these strategies and build enduring relationships, tracked to a fixed and appropriately aggressive set of fundraising metrics
  • Serve as an ambassador for the college and 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 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
  • 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, and ability to use various technologies
  • 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.

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Philanthropy has significant impact in this college:

  • The first nursing program in the Big 10 to be named through a philanthropic gift.
  • More than $17 million in research expenditures since the college’s inception.

In Penn State’s current campaign, this college is raising support to realize their ambitious vision: https://www.nursing.psu.edu/mission-vision-values-and-strategic-plan/ 

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: greaterpennstate.psu.edu; raise.psu.edu

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: psu.edu/this-is-penn-state

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: equity.psu.edu/diversity-resources

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: statecollegepa.us; statecollege.com

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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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