University of Pennsylvania ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, PENN MEDICINE in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 90-29173


School Name Development and Alumni Relations

Org Penn Medicine Development

Posted to the Web 06/21/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 026

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule N/A

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

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.

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.

School/Center Overview

The Development and Alumni Relations organization at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the premier development organizations in the world. Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team members benefit from an exceptional work environment where professional excellence and individual pride in achievement are grounded in a strong institutional commitment to integrity and collegiality as we strive for collective success. For talented and innovative individuals, a career at the University of Pennsylvania offers the chance to be part of an exceptionally exciting environment at the nation’s first university. We seek talented individuals who will constitute a community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Penn’s commitment to achieving eminence through diversity is ultimately a commitment to creating a more vibrant university so that our employees will be both stimulated and empowered to shape a better world.


Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $6.7 billion enterprise.The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of research oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center which are recognized as one of the nation’s top Honor Roll hospitals by U.S. News & World Report Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.Responsible for providing internal and external support for the grateful patient major gifts fundraising program, Abramson Cancer Center development team. Duties will be project-related and will support an Associate Director of Development and two Directors of Development with prospect identification, cultivation, stewardship, donor relations, proposal preparation, data management, and event/meeting coordination.Stewardship. Produce and/or coordinate stewardship reports/activities for donors with Communications staff and gift officers, including annual reports, thank you letters, recognition pieces, and faculty meetings. Manage donor recognition projects including production of plaques and select publication pieces.Donor Relations. Ensure accurate recording of gifts and communication with donors and departments. Work collaboratively with the major gifts team and administrative staff to help ensure that donor acknowledgements by key faculty take place.Proposal/letter writing and coordination of briefing materials. Responsible for the drafting of select gift proposals, assisting gift officers with regard to the drafting of invitation letters, reports, select correspondence, and briefing materials for faculty, development colleagues, and institutional leadership. Cultivation. Work collaboratively with the major gifts team to provide support in the identification and cultivation of new prospective donors.Prospect Management. Maintain primary responsibility for the tracking and management of prospect and gift data, including the retrieval of data and production and analysis of reports. Volunteer Involvement. Working with the gift officers staffing the various areas of the Abramson Cancer Center, provide assistance with the production of materials and logistical arrangements, as needed.Special Events. Work with major gifts and institutional events teams to help plan, staff and coordinate meetings and special events related to prospect/donor activity as needed.


Bachelor’s degree required. 1 to 3 years relevant experience in fast-paced office environment, preferably in institutional development, with exposure to prospect management, annual giving, major gifts, volunteer management, and stewardship. Exposure to medical fundraising highly desired. Strong administrative experience and the ability to establish objectives and organize a successful approach to achieving fund-raising goals. Ability to work independently, but collaboratively as part of a goal-oriented team. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Superior attention to detail in an environment where accuracy and timely completion of tasks is critical to maintaining faculty and donor satisfaction. Excellent computer skills essential, including familiarity with prospect management databases and Microsoft Office applications. Capability to handle complex and highly confidential information. Ability to travel both locally and nationally, must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Valid driver’s license required. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

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.

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  • Have you had exposure to medical fundraising?

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  • Are you able to travel both locally and nationally?

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  • Are you able to work occasional weekends and evenings?

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  • Do you have the ability to lift up to 25 pounds?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Do you have a valid driver’s license?

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Applicant Documents

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