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Education: Higher Education

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.

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