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Education: Higher Education

Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is among the nation’s most prestigious institution and is recognized for its rigorous academics and commitment to excellence. Penn’s vibrant urban campus provides a unique blend of historical significance and modern amenities, fostering an enriching environment for work and study. The university’s location in Philadelphia offers a range of cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities, making it an ideal place for both professional and personal growth.

Penn’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations is a leading entity in the realm of higher education fundraising, employing over 600 staff members across various development areas. The office plays a crucial role in advancing the university’s priorities by securing necessary funds through a donor-centered approach. This robust infrastructure ensures comprehensive support and engagement with Penn’s global network of alumni, parents, and friends.

The Opportunity

The Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving (AVP) is an inaugural role that presents a significant opportunity for a seasoned fundraising professional. Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President of University Development, the AVP will lead integrated teams within the Penn Fund and School & Center Annual Giving units.

This role involves creating a comprehensive strategy for donor engagement, pipeline development, and innovative fundraising approaches. The AVP will oversee efforts to increase both long-term and immediate funding, focusing on key priorities such as financial aid and unrestricted support. By leveraging their expertise with industry trends and best practices, the AVP will enhance Penn’s overall philanthropic impact and drive growth in annual giving programs.

As a strategic leader, the AVP will collaborate with various departments and stakeholders to align annual giving initiatives with Penn’s institutional goals. This position requires strong analytical, communication, and relationship-building skills to foster productive partnerships and drive fundraising success. The AVP will also play a critical role in planning future university-wide campaigns, identifying new donor prospects, and implementing innovative engagement strategies.

With a commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and a team-oriented approach, the successful candidate will contribute to Penn’s culture of lifelong philanthropy and support the university’s mission and values.

To Learn More and Nominate Qualified Candidates


Andrew Machado

Senior Consultant

Cori Anderson


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