University of Pennsylvania

Opportunities in Development & Alumni Relations

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The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania seeks an experienced, innovative and solution-focused Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts (herein Senior Director) to provide strategic direction, inspirational leadership and oversight of a comprehensive major gifts program of fundraising and alumni activities designed to increase maximum gift support for the Wharton School.
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Established in 1927, The Penn Fund, Penn’s undergraduate annual giving fund, serves as the primary philanthropic vehicle for Penn’s 100,000+ strong community of undergraduate alumni and students. Gifts to The Penn Fund benefit the University’s highest undergraduate priorities through unrestricted support and individual endowed scholarships.
Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Development, serve as Coordinator within the Office of Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations (PMDAR) in support of Senior Executive Director who oversees development programs for Penn Medicine’s University of Pennsylvania Health System, Centers and Institutes. Specific Responsibilities: Support Senior Executive Director and two Senior Directors on activities related to management, frontline fundraising, prospect portfolio management, team coordination, budgeting and expenses.
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The mission of the Major Gifts Program is to raise major gifts 250K to 5 million plus for University priorities, with a focus on the undergraduate schools: Nursing, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Wharton. In addition, the program is charged with identifying and developing new major gift prospects and volunteer leadership for the Schools, Centers and University. Prospects assigned to the Major Gifts Program are largely comprised of undergraduate alumni, but also include parents of current undergraduate students.
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The Director of Development and Alumni Communications oversees and directs the day-to-day marketing and communications to Wharton alumni and donors, a key function within Wharton External Affairs. The department serves the Wharton alumni population through thought-leadership programming, signature events, and regular communications, as well as overseeing the School’s philanthropic program. The Director will plan, execute and evaluate comprehensive programs that reinforces the mission of Wharton, emphasizing alumni engagement and philanthropy as part of the office of External Affairs.