Assistant Director of Development for Undergraduate Financial Aid & Penn First Plus (Hybrid Eligible

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Assistant Director of Development for Undergraduate Financial Aid & Penn First Plus (Hybrid Eligible)

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Posted Job Title
Assistant Director of Development for Undergraduate Financial Aid & Penn First Plus (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Assistant Development Officer A

Job Description Summary
Department and position overview:
The Undergraduate Financial Aid Development Department leads the fundraising activity necessary for Penn to uphold one of the most robust and generous undergraduate financial aid programs in higher education. This top university priority reflects the University's unwavering commitment to Access and Inclusion in undergraduate education.

The UGFA Development department promotes, supports, and coordinates activity within Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) to raise funds for Undergraduate Named Scholarships and Penn First Plus (P1P), a cadre of supports for students in the first generation to college of their families and/or from modest income backgrounds. P1P is designed to ensure that all Penn undergraduates thrive on campus and beyond. The UGFA Dev Department's primary functions are to:

1) Create and advance the case for Named Scholarships and Penn First Plus
2) Drive frontline fundraising activity through direct prospect solicitations and colleague partnerships
3) Lead donor stewardship activities
4) Facilitate connections between scholarship student recipients, DAR, and donors.
5) Establish and maintain the operations related to UGFA Development and University systems ensuring the donor intentions and the University's and student interests are protected
6) Manage the productive engagement of the Undergraduate Financial Aid Leadership Council, a board of leadership fundraising volunteers dedicated to the UGFA priority.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development for Undergraduate Financial Aid and Penn First Plus, the Assistant Director will closely collaborate with all members of the UGFA Development team, as well as colleagues across DAR and in key areas of campus such as Student Registration and Financial Services (SRFS) and Penn First Plus. This position is primarily internal supporting the highest priority fundraising and cultivation/stewardship activities of the program.

Job Description
Specific responsibilities of the position include the following:
  • Execute activities in support of UGFA & P1P fundraising including proposal writing, prospect communications, event preparations and event follow up
  • Serve as an operations and systems lead in connection with the department's scholarship database platform, Blackbaud, which is shared with Student Financial Services
  • Hold a mastery of Salesforce ("Compass") Penn's alumni and donor database platform; support the department's full transition to Compass and serve as a thought leader on how UGFA Dev can maximize this tool to steward and fundraise from scholarship donors and prospects.
  • Lead in the conception, production, and maintenance of stewardship and case materials, including the program's website
  • Conduct data analysis in support of external communications and internal needs related to scholarship assignments, proposals, briefings, and presentations.
  • Prepare briefings for the Executive Director and University leadership for events and meetings
  • Support activities related to the management of the Undergraduate Financial Aid Leadership Council
  • Assist in the cultivation of new prospects by managing logistics of regional events hosted by UFLC member or other leadership volunteers
  • Arrange individual donor/student meetings and other small-scale gatherings including foundation scholars program events.
  • Use tools such as Qlikview and Marketing Cloud to support prospecting needs for UGFA initiatives and to provide data analysis on donors
  • Serve as a leader with the program's student engagement activities; work with undergraduate student scholarship recipients on a variety of fronts including student participation in small and large events, the Named Scholarship Program Student Advisory Board, and help to plan and execute New Student Orientation events for the department.
  • Work as necessary with internal partners in DAR Advancement Services, Information Services and Computing, the Office of the Treasurer, and SRFS to ensure smooth operations for the department;
  • Use tools such as Qlikview and Marketing Cloud to support prospecting needs for UGFA initiatives and to provide data analysis on donors
  • Uphold the DAR Core Values: Integrity, Collegiality, Collaboration, Transparency, Trust and Respect for Diversity and Inclusion
  • BA/BS degree; three to five years of related experience in development required; preferably experience in higher education with knowledge on best practices in development operations and fundraising
  • Familiarity with Penn and/or solid understanding of a major research university environment
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral; superb donor relations abilities; excellent initiative, attention to detail and planning skills
  • Ability to work independently, but collaboratively, in goal-oriented team setting
  • Successful experience managing complex projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with Salesforce, Blackbaud and/or related CRM systems preferred

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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 Relations

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

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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