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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 90-27818
School Name Development and Alumni Relations
Org AVP Development Services and Campaign Initiatives
Posted to the Web 01/26/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 026
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.


Reporting to the Senior Director, Campaign Operations the Assistant Director, Campaign Operations manages projects around critical aspects of the university campaign, including the campaign Presidential tour, campaign volunteer management, communications, central priorities and goals, and campaign management.

This position works under the Senior Director’s direction and in partnership with other members of the Campaign Office team, as well as other central services teams and school and center staff to ensure the initiation and implementation of new and existing projects to strengthen internal communication and collaboration between schools, centers and central Development and Alumni Relations units.

Note: while the title of this position includes ‘campaign,’ this position is a permanent member of the Development & Alumni Relations Central Strategic Planning & Services team.

Specific Duties:
Campaign Management and Strategic Initiatives
* On behalf of the Senior Director, Campaign Operations, gather and analyze original data and draft data-driven presentations and communications aimed at DAR leadership, Trustee-level volunteers, and all fundraising and alumni relations units.
* With minimal direction from Senior Director, Campaign Operations and AVP Strategic Planning, source original content and draft strategic briefing memos for DAR leadership, the University President, and Trustees.
* Working closely with the Senior Director, Campaign Operation, implement projects to support the exchange of information between the campaign office and the School and Center program.
* Responsible for departmental project management, working closely with Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Campaign Volunteers/Events
* Working closely with the Director of Strategic Initiatives, draft and coordinate communications pertaining to tour/regional event marketing.
* In conjunction with the Senior Director, University Campaign Operations and Director of Strategic Initiatives, implement a strategic campaign event follow-up process in support of attendee cultivation and stewardship efforts: including drafting and disseminating targeted emails and social media messaging, and coordinating with Development and Alumni Relations Marketing and Communications (DARMAX) to manage the creation and dissemination of video and photographic content after each regional tour event.
* Work with the Director of Campaign Volunteers to coordinate the Host Committee process for regional Campaign Tour events and Penn to You events.
* Working with the Director of Campaign Volunteers, provide high level support for Leadership Campaign Volunteer events, including managing elements of the annual two-day Campaign Steering Committee Summit, in service to University leadership and Trustee and Overseer leaders.
* With minimal direction, manage other new projects arising around volunteer communications and stewardship in the campaign


Bachelor’s Degree required; minimum of 2-3 years of progressively responsible experience in Development, with a portion of relevant experience in a complex education environment. 3-5 years of experience preferred. Experience must include data analysis, communications, and volunteer management, with direct support to volunteer boards and committees. Some frontline fundraising or stewardship experience a plus. Strong communications skills, both oral and written. Demonstrated ability working collaboratively across departments, units or areas within an organization

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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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
    • Other Internet Advertisement
    • Linkedin
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    • Professional Affiliation/Trade Website
    • Diversity Association/Publication Website
    • Heard about it at a conference or career fair
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    • 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 experience with data analysis and communications?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have experience with volunteer management - in particular providing direct support to volunteer boards and committees?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have some frontline fundraising or stewardship experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents