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Senior Director of Development & Research Communications (Remote Eligible)

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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
Senior Director of Development & Research Communications (Remote Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Director B

Job Description Summary
Working with the Executive Director of Communications & Stewardship, the Senior Director manages development communications, research and leadership initiatives, and stewardship activity to support the needs of the Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations team. Responsibilities include proposal writing, leadership communications, editing, publications, production of VIP acknowledgements, and recognition/cultivation/stewardship events remarks and support. The Senior Director will also serve as the communications liaison to the Alumni Development & Alumni Relations team, the Planned Giving Team and the Annual Giving Team, as well as the Biomedical Research Development team. In this role, the Senior Director will provide critically important support and help elevate awareness about emerging research priorities at Penn Medicine.

Job Description

Working with the Executive Director of Communications & Stewardship, the Senior Director manages development communications, research and leadership initiatives, and stewardship activity to support the needs of the Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations team. Responsibilities include proposal writing, leadership communications, editing, publications, production of VIP acknowledgements, and recognition/cultivation/stewardship events remarks and support. The Senior Director will also serve as the communications liaison to the Alumni Development & Alumni Relations team, the Planned Giving Team and the Annual Giving Team, as well as the Biomedical Research Development team. In this role, the Senior Director will provide critically important support and help elevate awareness about emerging research priorities at Penn Medicine.

The Senior Director will represent the Penn Medicine Development communications team at meetings with colleagues and faculty, including department and center/institute leadership, etc. Provides leadership and support on proposals, stewardship writing and special projects to execute the goals of the PMDAR. Serves the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) and University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) teams in a supporting capacity as a strategic contributor and as a primary point person for the key research priorities, biomedical research, and emerging initiatives across the Perelman School of Medicine and the health system.

Remarkable project management skills and creativity will enable the Senior Director to handle multiple assignments at once, including the execution of priority projects, such as acknowledgment letters, special projects, stewardship reports, one pagers, articles, gift proposals, and updates related to all gift funds, including scholarship funds, prize funds, research funds, and endowed professorships. A key contributor to our highly collaborative department, the Senior Director offers proven team-building skills and an active interest in innovative practices and solutions that improve our work. Continuously maintains the strategic priorities of the team as the channels, volumes and diversity of communications made available to PMDAR constituents increases.

Specific Responsibilities:

Develops an understanding of the educational, research, clinical and financial needs and goals of the University of Pennsylvania, the Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Medicine and its affiliates (Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Lancaster General Health, Chester County Hospital, and Princeton HealthCare System).

Works as senior member of a maturing, dynamic communications development team.

Provides leadership and insights as a communications professional with a specialized understanding of complex scientific research, and the ability to translate that research for a non-scientific audience.

Provides support for the Biomedical Research Development team, the Alumni Development & Alumni Relations team, the Planned Giving team, and the Annual Giving team.

Contributes to leadership communications developed on behalf the dean, the CEO of Penn Medicine and other faculty leaders.

Working with the Director of Stewardship, assist with management of the stewardship pipeline, communications projects, and specialty or special events.

Proactively identify areas and new opportunities for impactful story telling via development activity to increase targeted communications, recognition and promotion with key stakeholders, staff, faculty community and patient prospects.

Collaborates with University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine leadership

and development colleagues on all matters regarding assigned prospects and

ACC/UPHS development communications.

Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of progressively responsible professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience in higher education, institutional development or related field and knowledge of development, alumni relations and communications methods and techniques preferred.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Solid computer skills required, e.g. familiarity with web sites, internet, word processing, Power Point, Excel and prospect management databases, etc.

Ability to function independently, but collaboratively, as part of a goal-oriented team.

Strong administrative experience, project management, the ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize a successful approach to achieving fundraising goals.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Remote Eligible - This position is eligible for a fully remote schedule with all work performed remotely. (Note: Only salaried (i.e., exempt), non-temporary positions are eligible for remote work outside the tristate area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Department / School
Development and Alumni Relations

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00

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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