Posted on August 28, 2012
Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania - Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics
The University of Pennsylvania is a premier research university, recognized throughout the world for the quality of its faculty, students, programs, and campus. Its founder, Benjamin Franklin, articulated the goal of educating graduates to serve humankind, a mission that Penn has taken to heart by always looking at and for practical applications to theoretical knowledge.
A proud member of the Ivy League, Penn offers many unique and exciting opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to cheer on the mighty Quakers, participate in competitive team sports, and stay physically fit at state-of-the-art, world-class training centers, including the Pottruck Center, Hutchinson Gym, Weiss Pavilion, and, of course, Penn Park. Penn Athletics provides a host of athletic opportunities on both the intercollegiate and recreational levels that enrich the educational experience of University students, as well as provide recreational and fitness facilities and activities for the entire campus community. Having exceeded its $112 million campaign goal in March, Penn Athletics has successfully raised the funds needed for Penn Park and the Weiss Pavilion. Penn Athletics is well positioned to build upon its campaign success and its strong core of generous and philanthropic volunteers.
The University of Pennsylvania seeks an experienced Executive Director (ED) of Development and Alumni Relations for the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA). Reporting to the Director of Athletics and the Assistant Vice President of Development for School and Center Programs, the ED has primary responsibility for raising private, philanthropic funds through a wide range of fundraising initiatives and will oversee all aspects of the planning, implementation, and execution of DRIA's comprehensive fundraising program within the context of the closing of the University's $3.5B Campaign as well as for future fundraising initiatives beyond the close of the Campaign in December of 2012. The position is charged with fundraising efforts revolving around capital improvements and renovations, raising endowment funds, and annual dollars to support significant operating funds for 33 sports programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for building, nurturing, and motivating an internal professional and administrative development team comprised of 8 including Major Gifts Officers and Athletics Coordinators responsible for working with multiple sports programs. The new ED will have the opportunity to build a largely new team to serve the division over the long term.
The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor's degree; a minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience preferably in higher education; demonstrated experience as a strong and effective manager and supervisor of staff; a propensity to reward and inspire staff while building a truly team-oriented departmental culture; a natural inclination to think and act institutionally as opposed to individually; superior interpersonal skills; proven success in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewarding of seven-figure plus gifts; a creative approach to problem solving, and the ability to take advantage of emerging opportunities while galvanizing broad support; and exceptional verbal communication skills.
Confidential inquiries and current resumes should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson
275 Madison Avenue, Suite #1801
New York, NY 10016