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Posted Job Title
Major Gifts Officer/Senior Major Gifts Officer
Job Profile Title
Major Gifts Officer
Job Description Summary
Penn Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world's leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies. The three educational divisions of Arts and Sciences fulfill different missions, united by the School's broader commitment to providing its students with an unrivaled education in the arts and sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic home of the majority of Penn undergraduates and provides 60 percent of the courses taken by students in Penn's undergraduate professional schools. The Graduate Division offers doctoral training to over 1,500 candidates in more than 30 graduate programs. And the College of Liberal and Professional Studies provides a range of educational opportunities for lifelong learners and working professionals. The Schoolâ™s Advancement Division recognizes the importance of the liberal arts as the source of knowledge that changes the world and education that changes individual's lives and is committed to generating enthusiasm and support for the School and its mission using all available tools.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Advancement, the Major Gifts Officer/Senior Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for maximizing lifelong giving to Penn by developing meaningful relationships with assigned prospects and donors. Working as part of an experienced team of fund raisers in the School of Arts and Sciences within a University-wide donor-centric prospect management system, the Major Gift Officer/Senior Major Gifts Officer will design and execute a major gifts plan for their assigned region that creates visibility for the School, expands its prospect base, and builds the Schoolâ™s major gifts pipeline.
A key feature of this position is the need to work collaboratively and productively with colleagues across Development and Alumni Relations at Penn, including Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Principal Gifts, and Alumni Relations, contributing to a total team effort on behalf of SAS and Penn.
Manage a personal portfolio of assigned donors and prospects, with emphasis on those capable of making a gift of $100,000 or more. Significant travel expectation.
Achieve mutually agreed upon annual goals for visits, solicitations and gift totals.
Create strategies for top prospects that leverage key relationships within SAS and across Penn and lead to successful engagement, cultivation and solicitation.As part of this effort, staff school and university academic leadership, SAS board members and other volunteers as needed.
Be knowledgeable about campaign priorities and programs and faculty/research/student initiatives within the School.
Cultivate strong partnership with central development staff.
Conduct discovery visits and work with alumni outreach team in the SAS Office of Advancement to align fund raising with targeted engagement of SAS alumni in key cities and regions.
Plan and staff special events in support of the Schoolâ™s fundraising and alumni engagement effort.
Identify and recommend candidates for volunteer roles within the School and across the University as appropriate.
Represent SAS on ad hoc University-wide committees and at events and professional conferences as required.
Other related duties as assigned from time-to-time.
The ideal candidate will possess:
Bachelorâ™s degree plus 3-5 years experience (Major Gifts Officer job profile) 5-7 years (Senior Major Gifts Officer job profile) of successful fund-raising experience, preferably in higher education, including direct solicitation of six figure gifts from individuals.
Intellectual curiosity, understanding of a university environment, and appreciation for the academic mission of a liberal arts institution.
Ability to work independently, but collaboratively, as part of a goal oriented team.
Skill at working effectively with colleagues in a decentralized system of fundraising, participating in and contributing to a total team effort.
Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to articulate the case for support and the vision/mission/goals of the School.
Tact, sensitivity, maturity, judgment and the ability to manage ambiguity and change necessary.
Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed; valid driverâ™s license required.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
Development and Alumni Relations
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00
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.
Internal Number: JR00004693
About University of Pennsylvania
Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.