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. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America’s Best Large Employers in 2023.
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.
Job Description Summary
Home to over a million extraordinary artifacts and archaeological finds, the Penn Museum has been uncovering our shared humanity across continents and millennia since 1887. In bridging archaeology, the study of objects made by humans, with anthropology, the science of humanity, we chart a course for finding one’s own place in the arc of human history. Our mission is to be a center for inquiry and the ongoing exploration of humanity for our University of Pennsylvania community, and regional, national, and global stakeholders, and our vision is to transform understanding of our common human experience.
The Associate Director, Annual Giving, will be part of a team of five frontline fundraisers working to advance the mission and the Museum Director’s Vision. The Associate Director will manage and grow the Museum’s leadership annual giving program—the Penn Museum Visionaries—serving, with the Assistant Director, Individual Gifts, as lead contact for this group. The Associate Director will manage the renewals program and set strategic direction for upgrades and acquisition, manage budgets, monitor and share with the Major Gifts team progress against goals through monthly reporting, and support Major Gifts officers in renewal efforts with their prospects.
The Associate Director will also oversee the Museum’s membership program and annual fund programs, supervising the Membership & Gifts Coordinator and project managing all large-scale appeals and engagement communications with a particular view to upgrades. Growing unrestricted gift revenue is a key priority for the Penn Museum Development program; of paramount importance is ensuring that the membership program is welcoming and accessible to underrepresented communities.
Reporting to the Executive Director of Advancement, the Associate Director will work closely with the Major Gifts team on Visionaries upgrades, acquisition, and renewals, and with the Marketing and Communications in ensuring that give/join messaging is integrated into all patron communications. The Associate Director will also jointly supervise, with the Director of Major Gifts, the Special Events & Meetings Coordinator in creating a fiscal year engagement calendar for Visionaries and members.
An immediate priority will be the oversight of migration of membership program data from the Museum’s Altru (Blackbaud) database to a Salesforce system managed by Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations department.
The Associate Director will be a confident in personally soliciting lead unrestricted gifts; a creative and enthusiastic team player; and a strategic thinker with a keen eye for detail.