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MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 90-26301
Posted Job Title MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER
School Name Development and Alumni Relations
Org Major Gifts Program
Posted to the Web 07/25/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 027
Employment Type Exempt
Hours 0
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule N/A
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Development and Alumni Relations organization at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the premier development organizations in the world.

Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team members benefit from an exceptional work environment where professional excellence and individual pride in achievement are grounded in a strong institutional commitment to integrity and collegiality as we strive for collective success. For talented and innovative individuals, a career at the University of Pennsylvania offers the chance to be part of an exceptionally exciting environment at the nation’s first university.

We seek talented individuals who will constitute a community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.

Penn’s commitment to achieving eminence through diversity is ultimately a commitment to creating a more vibrant university so that our employees will be both stimulated and empowered to shape a better world. http://darrecruiting.upenn.edu/why-choose-penn/about-dar

Duties

Reporting to the Executive Director of Major Gifts, manage portfolio of major gift prospects and donors in the Western region of the United States. Cultivate and solicit alumni and parent prospects, with emphasis on gifts of $100,000 or more. Manage a prospect pipeline of 200 names. Provide individualized and strategic stewardship contact for existing major gift donors. Design and implement cultivation/stewardship special events for individuals and groups. Identify and rate new prospects. Write gift proposals and other, materials as needed. Represent the University at regional and on-campus events Identify, recruit, train and support volunteers. Cultivate local volunteers for future leadership roles on University boards of trustees and overseers and other alumni leadership activities. Work strategically with volunteers to encourage them to build bridges and utilize their networks to help Penn develop stronger relationships with other prominent alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Engage volunteers in prospect identification and evaluation process. Oversee select prospect assignments to volunteers, including the provision of pre- and post-contact support and, as appropriate, accompanying volunteers on cultivation/solicitation visits. Keep volunteers informed about the University and its fundraising priorities. Work closely with the Executive Director on individual prospects, special events and development of overall strategic plan for region. Assist on-campus fund- raising staff, including colleagues in central development office as well as School/Center development officers and Alumni Relations staff. Staff fund-raising visits by University leaders, e.g. President, Deans or faculty members, and by senior administrators, including senior development officers. Work closely with other Major Gift Officers and on-campus Alumni Relations colleagues in the development of on- campus events and programs that will lead to increased high-level involvement of local alumni and parents. Support university fund-raising staff.

Qualifications

BA/BS degree and 3-5 years of successful fund-raising experience required, preferably in higher education, including direct solicitation of six figure gifts from individuals. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute in a team orientated environment. Pride yourself on the quality of work and have a strong attention to details. Familiarity with the University of Pennsylvania and/or solid understanding of a major research university environment. Must be willing to travel often and work occasional evenings and weekends. Valid driver’s license required.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Quick Link http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/30047

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Jobs@Penn
    • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter
    • Referred by a Penn Employee
    • Referred by a friend or family member
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Indeed.com
    • Other Internet Advertisement
    • Linkedin
    • Twitter
    • Other Social Media Site
    • Professional Affiliation/Trade Website
    • Diversity Association/Publication Website
    • Heard about it at a conference or career fair
    • Apple One
    • Recruitment and/or staffing agency
  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years
  4. * Do you have at least 3 years of successful fund-raising experience, preferably in higher education, including direct solicitation of six figure gifts from individuals?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have familiarity with Penn and/or solid understanding of a major research university environment?
    • YES
    • NO
  6. * Are you available to travel and work evenings and weekends?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have a valid driver’s license?
    • YES
    • NO

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents