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Advancement and Giving Specialist (Advancement and Giving Specialist 3/4 Director of Campus Development, Penn State Hazleton)

Company: Pennsylvania State University
Date Posted: February 3, 2017

Advancement and Giving Specialist (Advancement and Giving Specialist 3/4 Director of Campus Development, Penn State Hazleton)


As a member of Penn State’s Office of University Development, you can play an integral role in one of the most respected and successful fundraising operations in the country and contribute to the land-grant mission and future of Penn State. A frontline fundraiser is needed to engage alumni and friends in supporting Penn State Hazleton, a Commonwealth Campus of about 1,000 students. Penn State Hazleton offers ten baccalaureate degrees and five associate degree programs. The campus also provides its students with the opportunity to begin any one of over 160 Penn State majors, or they can stay at the Hazleton campus to earn their degree.

Penn State and its Office of University Development is seeking a director of campus development for the Penn State Hazleton campus. This position reports directly to the executive director of development at Penn State University Park, and has a close working relationship with the chancellor of Penn State Hazleton.

Key Responsibilities:

• Provide leadership and direction to all aspects of the advancement and development programs at the Hazleton campus.

• Responsible for developing annual goal-setting, fundraising and campaign plans and directing related activities in support of these goals and objectives.

• Work collaboratively with leadership of the Hazleton campus, as well as development and campaign committee volunteers, the campus advisory board and central University Development staff to ensure fundraising success. This individual will also work to engage department heads and faculty and cultivate loyalty to the University and the campus.

• Complete a total of twelve (12) monthly visits (minimum) each month with prospects and donors.

• Will manage the development budget for Penn State Hazleton.

• Prepare, review, edit, and package formal proposals. Collate and interpret available research data pertinent to the development of relationships with potential donors. This role requires a capacity to think and act strategically in the process of identification, cultivation and solicitation of annual leadership donors and major gift prospects. Those who are well organized, self-directed are encouraged to apply.

• Work collaboratively with campus leadership to establish, implement, and evaluate plans for both annual leadership giving and major gift solicitation strategies. The director is expected to solicit annual leadership gifts ($2,500+) as well as securing major gifts ($100,000+) and lead the campus’ development efforts to successfully identify, cultivate and solicit alumni and friends in support of Penn State Schuylkill’s fundraising goals.

This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. The successful candidate should have a track record of success in exceeding philanthropic fundraising goals. Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills and a proven ability to self-motivate and work independently and collaboratively are integral to this post. The person selected for this post will have the ability to work as part of a team, possess a passion for higher education, have an understanding of complex institutions and also have an appreciation and understanding of working with diverse audiences and communities.

Prior development and campaign experience is preferred.

Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties and a valid driver's license are required. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check, in addition to standard background checks, is also required.


A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence


No institution offers a more powerful example of private support furthering the public good than Penn State, and the University is beginning a new effort that will allow us to fulfill our land-grant mission for a new era: A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence. This strategic, five-year fundraising initiative reflects our commitment to the three core imperatives of a truly great public university:

• Open Doors: Private support can not only bring talented students from every background to Penn State—it can help them to graduate on time and on track to successful careers and lives.

• Create Transformative Experiences: Philanthropy will provide the opportunities—in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in the larger world—that let students and faculty discover their full potential and make a difference.

• Impact the World: With the visionary gifts of alumni and friends, we can tackle the world’s most pressing problems—and solve them.

The ambition of the campaign is great, but no greater than the spirit and generosity of our supporters. A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence is an opportunity for our alumni and friends to contribute to the University’s future and to the future we all share.


Building a Career and a Life at Penn State


With one of the most respected development and alumni relations operations in the country, Penn State is one of only a dozen public institutions nationwide to complete a $2 billion fundraising campaign, and our alumni association is the largest dues-paying organization of its kind in the world. Learn more at


Penn State is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by the Time Higher Education University Rankings, the Center for World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Read about Penn State’s success at


As Penn State employees, development professionals receive excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage; retirement contributions and plans; substantial tuition discounts for themselves, their spouses and domestic partners, and their unmarried children; and access to life and long-term care insurance.  More information about working at Penn State can be found at


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If you have questions about this position, or your future with Penn State’s Office of University Development, please contact Dale DiSanto, executive director of development for Commonwealth Campus programs, at


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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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