Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 90-27057
School Name Development and Alumni Relations
Org School/Center Development
Posted to the Web 10/06/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 027
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
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.


PennDesign prepares students to address complex sociocultural and environmental issues through thoughtful inquiry, creative expression, and innovation. As a diverse community of scholars and practitioners, we are committed to advancing the public good-both locally and globally-through art, design, planning, and preservation.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations, the Associate Director, Annual Giving and Alumni Relations plans and executes all activities related to the the annual fund and alumni relations on a regional, national and international level. In regards to the upcoming university campaign special emphasis will be placed on donor contact (meetings), increased participation within the annual fund, and volunteer engagement.

  • Plan, develop and implement a comprehensive Annual Giving Program utilizing direct mail, email solicitations, text solicitations, and personal visits with emphasis on increasing participation rates, retention, and upgrading donors.
  • Complete 40 alumni visits annually with emphasis of stewarding and increasing giving within the group of donors giving at the $500 – $1000 range in the Philadelphia and New York Region. Identify major gift donors and work closely with them in meeting their philanthropic goals in conjunction with the Assistant Dean.
  • Analyze data to review giving trends and opportunities to determine cultivation and solicitation strategies. Work with Departmental Chairs and identify leadership donors. Provide donor summary reports to the Chairs of Department.
  • Direct the PennDesign reunion program which encompasses strategic goals with programming and giving among the reunion years.
  • Initiate a PennDesign staff wide and student annual fund campaign.
  • Manage the Dean’s Council in relation to the program and members.
  • Serve as a staff liaison to the PennDesign Alumni Association (PDAA) and Regional Directors. Manage all affinity groups related to the school.
  • Recruit and train all PennDesign alumni club leaders and travel within an assigned region to motivate and sustain programming. Encourage ways to engage in philanthropy and annual fund initiatives among club activities.
  • Manage alumni events at professional conferences and other events as assigned.
  • Oversee and manage PennDesign events during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. Initiates a reunion program.
  • Coordinate all follow-up and next steps after events and programs and work closely with Assistant Director of Communications and Stewardship with messages and outcomes.

BA/BS in English, Journalism, Communications or related field; 3-5 years experience in development, alumni relations, communications and/or public relations in higher ed environment; excellent organizational skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail; able to manage multiple projects under time demands; able to plan, organize and coordinate fundraising programs preferable in University setting; able to manage volunteers. Ability to travel within the US and work events and weekends as needed. Travel and 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.
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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
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    • 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
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  4. * Do you have a BA/BS in English, Journalism, or Communications?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have 3-5 years of experience in development, alumni relations, communications and/or public relations in a higher education environment?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a valid driver’s license?
    • YES
    • NO
  7. * Are you available to work evenings and weekends as necessary?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Are you willing to travel?
    • Yes
    • No

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