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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.
Cultivate and solicit alumni and other prospects with emphasis on gifts of $25,000 or more.
Manage a major gift prospect pipeline of at least 150 names
Provide individualized and strategic stewardship contact for existing major gift donors
Design and implement cultivation/stewardship special events for individuals and assigned
Identify and rate new prospects capable of making gifts of $25,000 or more
Conceptualize, draft and execute fundraising strategies for capital projects
Write gift proposals and other materials as needed
Represent the Department at regional and on-campus events
Promote involvement of volunteers and board members in the Program's fundraising efforts
Manage the annual fund activities for assigned Sports Boards which includes oversight of marketing communications for these sports
Supervise, train and manage efforts of an Assistant Director of Development, Annual Giving, a position designed to maintain an aggressive travel schedule.
Evaluate workload, set performance objectives, monitor performance and provide feedback on performance results, conduct regular staff meetings and share information to keep Assistant Director abreast of fundraising activities overall.
Provide leadership and guidance to Assistant Director, encourage and support training and professional development opportunities.
Assure Assistant Director works in collaboration with other Assistant Directors in event management, newsletters, correspondence, and other communications with volunteers, prospective donors, and existing donors and all related duties as assigned.
Identify, recruit, train and support volunteers. Cultivate volunteers for future leadership roles on Department advisory boards and other alumni leadership activities.
Work closely with volunteers as door openers and special event hosts
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, accompany volunteer members on cultivation/solicitation visits
Keep volunteers informed about the Department and its fundraising priorities
Work closely with sports boards on goal setting, formulating board strategies and tactics.
Jointly develop events calendar for assigned sports
Work closely and in collaboration with the Senior Associate AD, Development and Alumni Relations, the Director of Major Gifts, the Director of Athletics, and other Athletics gift officers on individual prospects, special events and development of overall strategic plan for the department. Collaborate with on-campus fundraising staff, including colleagues in central development office (Principal Gifts, Leadership Gifts, Major Gifts (Regional), Planned Giving, and Annual Giving/Reunion Program as well as School/Center development directors and Alumni Relations staff.
Conduct cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship visits at the request of and/or in combination with colleagues in central development and Schools/Centers
Staff fundraising visits by Athletic and University leaders, e.g. President, Athletic Director, coaches and 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 prospects and donors
Collaborate with central fundraising staff, including Principal Gifts, Leadership Gifts, Major Gifts, Penn Fund Reunion, Planned Giving and School/Center Development Directors
Three to five years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in sales, business development or related field.
Familiarity with Penn and/or solid understanding of a major research university environment
Strong communication skills, both oral and written
Solid administrative skills with ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize and motivate a team of professionals to achieve fundraising goals and non-financial alumni relations goals
Ability to work independently, but collaboratively, in goal-oriented team environment
Travel, extensive evening/weekend work and valid driver's license are required
Prior experience working with volunteer networks
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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