Development Assistant

Development Assistant

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Development Assistant

Job Profile Title
Administrative Assistant B

Job Description Summary
Provides administrative support to the Brain Health Development Program within Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations, as well as shared administrative responsibilities for the department. Under limited supervision, will need to exercise judgment, initiative, discretion, and analysis in carrying out administrative duties. Will also handle complex and confidential materials. Must have the ability to meet deadlines in a goal-oriented and exciting environment.

Job Description

This position includes the following requirements:

1. Provides administrative support to three Development Officers in the Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations Office.

2. Coordinates projects and administrative tasks and works as a team with other administrative support staff on activities for the University of Pennsylvania Health System Development team.

3. Formats, types, and proofreads letters, gift proposals, meeting agendas, etc. using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat. Composes some correspondence.

4. Provides administrative support for planning, executing and staffing events and internal/external meetings for staff, faculty, donors and councils for University of Pennsylvania Health System Development team.

5. Shares responsibility with administrative staff for answering telephones, front desk and campus collection/distribution assignments.

6. Maintains database entry as needed to track activity and key moves of Development Officers.

7. Responds to requests for information from faculty, staff, alumni, students, volunteers, trustees, and grateful patients concerning Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations.

8. Organizes and maintains confidential personal and financial records.

9. Liaises with PMDAR Operations and ACC/UPHS staff to assist with gift processing and finance items.

10. Uses conventional spreadsheets and database programs to maintain donor information. Proficiency in MS Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google and social media channels needed.

11. Prepares reports from development, gift and prospect management systems as requested; uses inquiry functions and performs data entry.

12. Engages in basic development research.

13. Arranges internal and external meetings, primarily with development colleagues, faculty and donors. Proficiency with Outlook required.

14. Maintains calendar and arranges travel itineraries and accommodations. Tracks all expenditures for three Development Officers.

15. Opens, reviews, and distributes mail within scope of authority.

16. Assists with mailings, special events, and other division-wide activities as necessary.

17. Works with peers and all levels of management and to operate effectively in larger, busy department.

18. Responds to requests to pick up and deliver correspondence and gifts from the main Penn Medicine campus.

19. Performs other duties as assigned.

20. Occasional work on nights and weekends.

**Please provide a resume and cover letter in order to be considered for this role. Please upload all documents in the "Resume/CV" section of the application prior to submitting.**


High school diploma and 3-5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. One year of experience in Development highly desirable. College graduate desirable.

Works on a daily basis with and through senior institutional officers, trustees and volunteers, administrators, faculty, grateful patients, and development/alumni affairs/ public affairs colleagues, and must have experience, judgment, and communications skills commensurate therewith.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office required (especially Word and Excel), Outlook, Google, social media, and Adobe Acrobat experience is desired.

Knowledge of computer databases used in development research is helpful.

Ability to handle complex and highly confidential materials.

Ability to lift 25 pounds or less.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Development and Alumni Relations

Pay Range
$17.98 - $27.09

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.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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