Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy in The Penn Fund

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Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy in The Penn Fund

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Posted Job Title
Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy in The Penn Fund

Job Profile Title
Annual Giving Officer A

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the 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 Fund'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. The Assistant Director will recruit, train, and provide administrative support to all co-chairs and giving committee members who are part of Seniors for The Penn Fund. In partnership with The Penn Fund marketing team and lead volunteers, they will also develop educational direct marketing efforts for mass solicitation and invitation, assisting with content creation and updating it across all relevant platforms. They will also plan and execute all relevant events pertaining to current undergraduate students, including for our comprehensive educational strategy within Penn It Forward, as well as monitor gift activity to regularly report on progress toward goals. In partnership with colleagues in Alumni Relations, they will support and aid in the development and execution of Penn Traditions programming-especially pertaining to our joint endeavors related to the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC). As an important member of the greater Penn Fund team, the Assistant Director may additionally support projects, initiatives, and events of larger scale, including but not limited to Penn young alumni engagement, the Penn Reunion Volunteer Conference (PRVC), Alumni Weekend, and/or Homecoming.

Job Description

Specific Responsibilities:

Campaign Strategy (25%)
  • Plan, organize, and implement the Seniors for The Penn Fund annual campaign utilizing volunteer outreach, digital fundraising strategies (e-mail, social media, texting, and payment applications), direct mail, events, print advertisements, and personal solicitations.
  • Design, with input from various groups, all marketing materials for Seniors for The Penn Fund and Penn It Forward utilized across all channels.
  • Stay informed about current University development initiatives and undergraduate programming, in particular pertaining to Class Board and Penn Traditions.

Volunteer Management (25%)
  • Recruit, train, and provide strategic support for co-chairs and giving 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 Volunteer Conference (PRVC).
  • Collaborate with team members to transition the graduating class into being young alumni and help to maintain their status as both volunteers and donors.
  • Provide projects and mentorship to Penn Fund student workers.

Event Management (25%)
  • Manage, plan, and execute both all events held for Seniors for The Penn Fund and all events held to educate current undergraduate students under the Penn It Forward student philanthropy brand.
  • Attend and/or support yPenn alumni events as well as programs that introduce current undergraduate students to the concept and importance of philanthropy through collaboration with Penn Traditions, especially in partnership with the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC).
  • Submit timely expense reports through Penn's reimbursement system.

Frontline Fundraising (20%)
  • Visit up to 50 leadership prospects from within the graduating class and/or most recent young alumni classes.
  • Monitor and document fundraising progress and volunteer outreach through our donor database and prospecting/ data analysis tools.
  • Maintain knowledge of and familiarity with systems such as Penn Cash and Venmo as vehicles of potential student support.
  • Create and influence strategy to develop plans for undergraduate student philanthropy pipeline leading up to senior year (utilizing Penn It Forward historical context where appropriate).

Additional Opportunities (5%)
  • Explore and take on additional opportunities for the sake of the individual and the team as assigned by the Director of Young Alumni and Student Philanthropy and/or the Executive Director.

  • BA/BS degree required and 1-3 (Annual Giving Officer A job profile) 3-5 (Annual Giving Officer B job profile) years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Desired skills include, but are not limited to, and may be described in other ways: excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, strong attention to detail, ability to organize and manage multiple projects, and wish to work both individually and collaboratively while contributing to total team culture and effort.
  • Ideally driven and motivated by the possibilities ahead, holds belief that innovation is critical to success, and seeks to support others in creative thinking.
  • Prides oneself on high-quality work and naturally challenges our team to grow every year.
  • Holds knowledge of fundraising principles, concepts, and techniques and is comfortable soliciting gifts from a diverse and engaged donor community.
  • Proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) preferred in addition to capacity to learn systems and databases unique to the organization.
  • Must be willing to travel as necessary to meet with donors and volunteers.
  • Potential to work nights and/or weekends at limited times of the year.

Please submit both a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Development and Alumni Relations

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

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.

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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