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Posted Job Title
Assistant Director, Student Philanthropy
Job Profile Title
Annual Giving Officer A
Job Description Summary
Established in 1927, The Penn Fund, Pennâ™s undergraduate annual giving fund, serves as the primary philanthropic vehicle for the Universityâ™s 100,000+ strong community of undergraduate alumni and students. Gifts to The Penn Fund benefit the Universityâ™s highest undergraduate priorities through unrestricted support and individual endowed scholarships.
The Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy is responsible for the planning and execution of programs, events and communications designed to educate and engage current Penn undergraduates and recent graduates about The Penn Fund, with special emphasis on the senior graduating class. This position also collaborates with those working on Penn Traditions, a program developed annually by colleagues in Alumni Relations.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Young Alumni and Student Philanthropy, the Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy will play a critical role in helping to create strategy for The Penn Fundâ™s student and young alumni donor participation and leadership giving efforts.
In addition, the Assistant Director will oversee the organizational and solicitation strategies for Seniors for The Penn Fund, a committee of student volunteers charged with acquiring 1,740 donors or more from their peers prior to the end of each fiscal year. A subset of this committee also will be responsible for encouraging a smaller group of peers to support The Penn Fund at the Benjamin Franklin Society leadership level. He or she will recruit, train, and provide administrative support to all co-chairs and gift committee members who are part of Seniors for The Penn Fund. In partnership with The Penn Fund marketing team and lead volunteers, he or she will develop educational direct marketing efforts for mass solicitation and invitation, assisting with content creation and updating across all platforms. The Assistant Director will also plan and execute all relevant events pertaining to current undergraduate students, as well as monitor gift activity (sometimes generated by these events) to regularly report on progress toward goals. In partnership with colleagues in Alumni Relations, he or she will support and aid in the development and execution of Penn Traditions programming. As an important member of the greater Penn Fund team, he or she may additionally support projects, initiatives and events of grander scale, including but not limited to yPenn young alumni engagement, the Penn Reunion Leadership Conference (PRLC), Alumni Weekend, and/or Homecoming.
Planning, organizing, and implementing the Seniors for The Penn Fund annual campaign utilizing volunteer outreach, online and mobile fundraising (e-mails, social media and digital payment applications), direct mail, telephone, events, print advertisements and personal solicitations.
Recruiting, training, and providing strategic support for co-chairs and gift committee volunteers who are part of Seniors for The Penn Fund to ensure progress toward fundraising goals is maintained. Host and/or lead conference calls, individual and group meetings, work sessions, and senior volunteer participation within the annual Penn Reunion Leadership Conference. Meetings, events and/or conference calls may require some evening and weekend work and/or travel.
Designing, with input from various groups, all marketing materials for Seniors for The Penn Fund utilized across all channels.
Managing, planning, and executing both all events held for Seniors for The Penn Fund and all events held to educate current Penn undergraduate students.
Attending and/or supporting yPenn alumni events as well as programs that introduce current undergraduate students to the concept and importance of philanthropy, through collaboration with Penn Traditions.
Visiting 50 leadership prospects from within the graduating class and/or most recent alumni classes.
Collaborating with team members to transition the graduating class into being young alumni, and helping to maintain their status as both volunteers and donors.
Monitoring fundraising progress and volunteer outreach through ATLAS (Penn Alumni database) and Qlikview (Penn alumni prospecting/analysis tool). Potential actions include, but are not limited to:
Timely database recording of visits and alumni record changes
Coding volunteers as members of the group
Reviewing regularly dollars and donors raised to provide relevant information to team members and volunteers
Extracting and analyzing reports needed to achieve fundraising goals
Reporting out on progress to the department and The Penn Fund Executive Board as requested
Maintaining knowledge of and familiarity with systems such as Penn cash and VENMO as vehicles of potential student support.
Submitting timely expense reports using Concur (Penn reimbursement system).
Creating and influencing strategy to develop plans for undergraduate student philanthropy pipeline leading up to senior year.
Providing projects and mentorship to Penn Fund student workers.
Staying informed about current university development initiatives as well as university undergraduate programming, in particular pertaining to Class Board and Penn Traditions.
Performing other duties as assigned by the associate director, young alumni programs and/or the executive director.
BA/BS from an accredited 4-year college or university required. One to three years relevant work experience, preferably in higher education. Must possess a valid driverâ™s license. Must be willing to travel as necessary and work some evenings and weekends. Knowledge of professional fundraising principles, concepts, and techniques desired. Ideally possesses strong grasp of volunteer management and boasts prior experience. Demonstrated understanding of annual fundraising practices and previous involvement in training groups and/or committees desired. Ability to plan, organize, and implement comprehensive solicitation efforts for large number of prospective donors also preferred. The ideal candidate will proactively partner with team members and volunteers to ensure efficient and successful solicitations, accurate data maintenance, and effective donor stewardship. He or she will be a goal-oriented team player, possess a positive attitude, thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, and remain flexible when completing daily tasks. Other preferred skills include: strong interpersonal and communication skills, keen attention to detail, exceptional organizational ability, proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Prezi, etc.), strong customer service orientation and ability to interact with constituents of all ages. Occasional lifting of 25 lbs.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
Development and Alumni Relations
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00
Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00001644
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