Executive Director of Annual Giving Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania

With 24 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, Penn State is the largest school in the Pennsylvania state system. It is a leader in higher education and carries out its mission of teaching, research, and service with pride and focus on the future. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at Penn State University, allowing the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner. Penn State teaches students that the real measure of success is what is done to improve the lives of others. With that goal in mind, Penn State strives to produce hard-working leaders with a global perspective and to conduct research to improve lives. Penn State enrolls over 100,000 students, employs 17,000 faculty and staff members and has over one-half million active alumni. It boasts the largest student-run philanthropic organization on the planet. U.S. News & World Report named Penn State the No. 1 school for the “ Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the Country” and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Penn State as one of the “100 Best Values in Public Education.”

The Opportunity

The Executive Director of Annual Giving will lead one of the nation’s largest annual giving operations and will pioneer new modes of engaging alumni and friends as partners in supporting Penn State University. The selected candidate will guide and oversee all annual gift appeals while managing a team of 15 staff members who work in partnership with colleagues at 24 campuses and in colleges and programs across the University to pursue creative and comprehensive strategies for increasing annual support. The incumbent will be expected to merge best practices from a successful annual giving career and will focus on data-driven innovation in the field to help set the standard for higher education fundraising. S/He will guide the integration of robust, leading-edge analytics and donor research into every aspect of the annual giving operation.

This exceptional opportunity requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher plus nine years of work-related experience including a track record of success in increasing annual gift support through innovative appeals and targeted strategies. Experience in leading goal-oriented teams, managing complex budgets and collaborating successfully with a broad range of colleagues is essential to the success of this position.

Past searches and placements for Penn State University

  • Executive Director of Annual Giving
  • Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Chief Executive Officer of the Penn State Alumni Association
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