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Reference Number 90-32116 Posted Job Title EXEC DIRECTOR, STRATEGY, ENGAGEMENT AND CAMPAIGN School Name Development and Alumni Relations Org AVP Development Services and Campaign Initiatives Posted to the Web 05/20/2019 Posted Job/Salary Grade 031 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. http://darrecruiting.upenn.edu/why-choose-penn/about-dar


Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Strategy, Planning and Advancement Services (AVPSPS), the (Senior) Executive Director, Strategy, Engagement and Campaign serves as the chief strategist for DAR Communications, Marketing and Campaign Engagement Initiatives. She/he oversees Development and Alumni Relations Marketing and Communication, University Volunteer Support, Campaign Operations and Strategic Writing Project areas.

This role provides oversight to Development & Alumni Relations Marketing & Communications (DARMAX); directs and connects the work done throughout Central DAR Communication areas to support the department’s goal to increase engagement of donors, prospects, alumni and other key stakeholders; oversees the work of Volunteer Support including directly working with leadership volunteers and committees; provides support to all aspects of Penn’s comprehensive campaign, with specific focus on the central campaign volunteer support, communications, central priorities and goals, and central campaign management.

This position works under the AVPSPS’ direction and in partnership with the other central frontline and service areas, school and centers to support the planning and execution of the University level campaign. This role serves as a central resource and as a connector to the many areas, units and staff involved in university level DAR strategies and execution (during campaign and non-campaign periods) and provides leadership and support through this ongoing and dynamic process as the campaign is built, executed and concluded. This position may be called on to represent the AVP internally or externally as needed.

Note: while the title of this position includes ‘campaign,’ this position is a permanent member of the Development & Alumni Relations Central Strategic Planning & Services team.


Bachelors Degree required, Masters preferred; 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in Development preferably with a portion of that experience in a complex higher education environment.

Experience and demonstrated success in a senior development role developing, managing and executing strategies and tactics.
Knowledge and experience in professional communication and marketing. Expert communicator and the capacity to write, edit and produce high quality development communication tools.

Direct experience should include: frontline major gifts, staff and volunteer management, direct support to highest levels (governance) of volunteer boards and committees, direct management of communication strategy and marketing areas, and strategic planning.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across departments, units or areas within an organization to achieve strategic goals. Proven ability to work with senior institutional leadership.

Ability and demonstrated success in establishing objectives, setting performance standards, and inspiring and motivating staff to achieve optimum results. Willingness and ability to travel on behalf of the university, participate in campus and offsite events and programs including weekends and evenings on occasion and maintains a valid driver’s license.

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. Quick Link http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/46567 Posting Supplemental Questions

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    Posted: 5/21/2019
    Application Due: 5/29/2019
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