Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations, Wharton External Affairs

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Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations, Wharton External Affairs

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Posted Job Title
Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations, Wharton External Affairs

Job Profile Title
Associate Director D

Job Description Summary
Wharton External Affairs engages alumni and friends in meaningful, lifelong relationships with the School, sustaining and strengthening a culture of giving that creates positive impact among students and communities worldwide. Four External Affairs teams - Operations; Development; Alumni Relations; and Communications and Donor Relations - work collaboratively across the School and the University to secure philanthropic commitments that empower teaching and learning, research, and dynamic programs that comprise a leading global business education. Wharton celebrates diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among its esteemed students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations is a member of the Donor Relations team and reports to the Director of Donor Relations. Donor Relations includes multiple channels with staff focusing in respective interconnected areas, including: Stewardship - focusing on writing donor acknowledgments, reports, and leadership messaging to engage donors; Development Communications - focusing on composing custom proposals, booklets, program overviews, web assets, and other materials to promote fundraising; and Donor Relations Programming - focusing on family engagement, campus project recognition, and other activities and touchpoints to connect with, thank, and inspire past, current, and future donors.

Job Description

As the Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations, you will serve as an instrumental partner in delivering a comprehensive donor relations program, recognizing Wharton donors at all levels and encouraging their continued engagement with and support of the School through a multitude of platforms. You will analyze donor relations activities across giving levels, act as point person for donor recognition signage on campus, and devise and compose custom touchpoints for donors - ranging from commemorative, personalized keepsakes to digital and print materials. You will also serve as lead for facilitating capital projects and other recognition events and support donor meetings with students, faculty, and other Wharton and Penn community members. You will establish close partnerships with colleagues in Wharton External Affairs and in programmatic offices across the School and the University to provide an exceptional and personalized donor experience.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Assess donor relations activities provided at different giving levels, informing and consulting with gift officers to create experiences for donors that will keep them connected and positioned for increased/continued giving
  • Create and execute direct touchpoints - such as video messages, articles of interest, and other outreach to donors - both independently and in collaboration with gift officers.
  • Strategize process for and compose custom keepsakes and touchpoints for donors - including personalized gifts and awards and digital and print pieces.
  • Lead special projects, including recognition events and donor meetings with scholarship and faculty recipients and other beneficiaries of their giving.
  • Support capital project fundraising by assessing existing and new named space opportunities; ensuring fundraising materials are reflective of the latest building design; and managing the production and installation of donor recognition signage and upkeep of donor walls.
  • Provide writing, editing, and proofreading on special Donor Relations projects.

  • Bachelor's Degree is preferred and 5 to 7 years of direct experience in donor relations, stewardship, development, and communications, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent project management and strategic planning skills, with an acute ability to manage multiple deadlines and track activities in a fast-paced, high-volume environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, and an ability to communicate with an intricate network of colleagues across the School and University as well as donors, faculty, and administrators.
  • Outstanding detail orientation, and proven ability in writing, editing and proofreading.
  • Comfort analyzing data and utilizing it to inform strategy and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as effectively as a member of a team.
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office applications. Comfort with both writing and designing content and operating in Microsoft Word.
  • Position will require a limited number of evening and weekend work and travel to support alumni and donor events.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $95,524.33

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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