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Executive Director, Parent Outreach and Development (Hybrid Eligible)Job Profile Title
Director DJob Description Summary
The Office of Parent Outreach and Development (Penn Parents) is the central resource for connecting undergraduate parents and families to the University. Through events, communications, volunteer opportunities and The Parents Fund, the Penn Parents team is committed to building relationships and creating avenues for parents to feel informed and connected and to be uniquely involved in the life of the University.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate and Individual Giving, the Executive Director of Parent Outreach and Development is responsible for increasing parent giving through the strategic development and leadership of a comprehensive program for all parents of undergraduate students, as well as parents of alumni. The Parent Outreach and Development Program seeks to maximize philanthropic support from parents across the spectrum of giving levels, working with colleagues in those units to develop strategies to solicit maximum giving. This effort will focus both on those with major gifts capacity and on potential donors targeted by a direct marketing/participation program. The Executive Director travels to cultivate individuals, support other fundraisers and present to groups.
This senior level position represents the University to all undergraduate parents, both on campus and around the world. Through a broad range of communications, marketing, and events, this office provides a high level of service to Penn’s most engaged parents. The Executive Director is the liaison between senior university administration and communications offices including all-constituent, parent-specific, and DAR communications. The Executive Director creates and leads numerous, annual programs and activities including campus functions, regional events, and virtual learning sessions for parents.Job Description
Targeted Pay Range: $90,000-$167,000
This Targeted Pay Range is only applicable to this job posting. All salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and job profile.
- Develop, implement, and assess a comprehensive outreach and strategic communications program for parents on behalf of the University. This strategy will include publications, social media, events, and other communications vehicles, and will support clearly articulated goals related to parent information, parent understanding of Penn, and parent giving. This individual will be responsible for working closely and frequently with colleagues within DAR, the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, Offices of the Executive Vice President, Public Safety, University Life, and others throughout the University.
- Manage and lead a staff to achieve optimum results by:
- Communicating financial and key performance indicators and results to direct reports
- Establishing priorities and goals for each staff member
- Managing staffing needs and identifying areas for organizational development, updates or changes
- Guiding the talent identification and professional development needs, processes, and outcomes within the department in line with the University’s diversity and inclusion priorities
- Setting clear performance expectations and hold staff accountable for outcomes through frequent feedback and coaching
- Ensuring open communications among staff, engaging in team building efforts and regular staff meetings that embrace and support the group’s diversity
- Inspiring and motivating staff to think creatively about long-term program growth and achieve optimum results
- Work in close collaboration with the Executive Director of Principal Gifts, the Senior Executive Director of Major Gifts, members of the International Development team, and other colleagues to plan and implement cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies. Develop solicitation strategies with prospect managers who work with parents and ensure that they are knowledgeable about parent issues and opportunities for involvement. Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 40-50 leadership Parent Program prospects.
- Oversee the Penn Parents Council, including recruiting members, identifying committee roles, leading Council meetings, setting goals, and assessing volunteer engagement and performance. Direct broader parent volunteer efforts, such as welcome calls to new families and participation in new student/family orientation.
- Manage a comprehensive communications plan that is implemented in tandem with university-wide communications offices. Work closely with colleagues in DARMAX to develop parent-specific communication language. Identify the need for and establish feedback loops to ensure University leadership is informed about parent concerns and sentiments. This includes maintaining open communication with colleagues in DAR, the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, Offices of the Executive Vice President, Public Safety, University Life, and others throughout the University.
- Maintain extensive and thorough knowledge of the University offices that are involved with administering the undergraduate experience. This includes, but is not limited to, the following departments: Office of the Provost, Student Registration and Financial Services, Wellness, Public Safety, College Houses, Dining, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Athletics and Recreation, Career Services, Weingarten Learning Resources Center, Greenfield Intercultural Center, Penn First Plus, Wharton, Engineering School, School of Arts and Sciences, Nursing School, Penn Global, International Student and Scholar Support, Penn Libraries, Office of Student Activities, Netter Center, Civic House, Student Health Service, Counseling and Psychological Services, and other departments under the Vice Provost for University Life.
**Please provide a resume and cover letter in order to be considered for this role. Please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of the application prior to submitting.**
Job Location - City, State
- Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of progressively responsible experience in development, alumni relations, parent relations, university life, student life, marketing and communications or other related fields or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
- Demonstrated, senior management experience in strategic planning, project implementation, and organizational development.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team leader to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, including projects with complex and long-term scope.
- Knowledge of and demonstrated success in strategic leadership and evaluation of a complex fundraising plan, principles, concepts, and techniques.
- Understanding of higher education and experience working with a parent population is preferred. Experience in individual giving, including identify, qualifying, cultivating soliciting and stewarding individual donors. Must have demonstrated success in working with volunteers.
- Ability to inspire and lead team to envision and implement vision for strategic program growth. Prior supervisory experience required
- Capacity to work collaboratively and effectively with senior management, staff, colleagues, senior administrators and faculty. Ability to cultivate relationships and build partnerships institutionally
- Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written.
- Must be willing to travel and work evenings, as needed, valid driver’s license required.
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.Department / School
Development and Alumni RelationsPay Range
$90,860.00 - $142,844.66
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