Director of Philanthropic Giving

Millersville University   Millersville, PA   Full-time     Education
Posted on September 21, 2022
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Director of Philanthropic Giving
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The Millersville Development Office is accepting applications for the Director of Philanthropic Giving.  The Director of Philanthropic Giving’s responsibilities include facilitating and securing upper-level major gift support for priority projects and endowments, as well as securing general annual support from assigned portfolio of major gift prospects. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Advancement, other responsibilities include supervising frontline fundraising staff, including major gift officers, digital gift officer, and assistant director of annual giving while identifying, cultivating and soliciting high asset prospects for philanthropic support of the University; working with other development staff, University administrators, faculty, key volunteers and other staff in securing major gifts; working within budget regarding annual expenditures on assigned projects. Position provides and executes tactical strategies to cultivate, solicit and steward individuals, groups, and businesses in support of university priorities. These strategies are implemented through capital, annual or targeted campaigns, reunion gift programs, and special project solicitations. Serves as a liaison to an academic school (s).


Additionally, this position supports and advises internal and external volunteer fundraising efforts and advises appropriate committees and senior management in support of university projects and priorities, and serves on other campus committees, as requested.


Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Millersville University of Pennsylvania is one of the 14 public universities of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Our pillars of distinction include exceptionally strong student-faculty relationships, numerous programs of distinction, a beautiful campus and vibrant location, and successful job placement for our students. Our students’ success, both inside and outside of the classroom, is our highest priority, and we provide numerous opportunities to facilitate their academic, personal, and social growth and development. Almost 70 baccalaureate programs are available for our 6,600 students to find their path. Several of our programs are multidisciplinary in nature, combining science, technology, and art to create a more progressive degree. One thousand graduate students enroll in 21 master’s and three doctoral programs. Our faculty are highly respected in their fields and dedicated to the success of students in the classroom, research labs, and in campus life. Over 66,000 alumni live in all 50 states and in 72 countries around the world. We seek individuals who embrace and value our EPPIIC values of exploration, public mission, professionalism, inclusion, integrity, and compassion.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience in direct major gift fundraising in a non-profit or education setting or equivalent education and experience to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • 2 years’ experience managing staff, student workers, or volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • organize resources.
    • manage relationships.
    • assess and utilize demographic and/or financial data.
    • design and prepare statistical and outcome reports.
    • establish priorities.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Successful interview.
  • Successful completion of three background checks.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 years of direct major gift fundraising experience in higher education.
  • 5 years’ experience managing staff, student workers, or volunteers
  • Advocacy skills.
  • Knowledge of:
    • fundraising databases.
    • federal, state and/or community funding sources and mechanisms.

Annual salary: Commensurate with experience and training, plus comprehensive benefits starting on the first day of employment, including:


  • Health insurance – Low bi-weekly premium, with coverage starting on the first day of employment for employee and all dependents.
  • Dental insurance – Coverage is free to employee and dependents with coverage starting on the first day of employment.
  • Vision insurance – Coverage is free to employee and dependents with coverage starting on the first day of employment.
  • Group life insurance – Equal to annual salary (up to $50,000) at no cost to the employee.
  • Voluntary Group Life and Accident Insurance – Available for purchase at low rates for additional employee coverage as well as coverage for spouse and children.
  • Long Term Disability Insurance – Available for purchase at low rates with either a 90 or 180-day waiting period.
  • Retirement – 2 plans to choose from.
  • Tuition waiver – For employee, spouse, and dependents.
  • Personal leave – Up to 6 days per year.
  • Vacation leave – Up to 10.4 days accrued per year for first year, increases to 15.6 days per year after 1 year.
  • Sick leave – Up to 15.6 days accrued per year, including up to 5 days per year that can be taken to care for a family member.
  • Holiday leave – 12 days per calendar year.


For description of benefits available, see The State System Employee Benefits Summary at


To Apply:  For complete position description and qualifications, and to apply, go to  and complete a staff application. All applications must be received by October 9, 2022.


At Millersville University we are committed to fostering a learning and working environment that promotes the intersectionality of diversity to foster a climate of inclusion.  Employing our EPPIIC values and the principles of Inclusive Excellence, we hold that an inclusive community is a core value that is an essential part of the foundation for our learning and working environment.  Millersville University is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.