University of Pennsylvania DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC EVENT DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 90-29345


School Name Development and Alumni Relations

Org AVP Development Services and Campaign Initiatives

Posted to the Web 07/12/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 029

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9am-5pm

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

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.

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.

School/Center Overview

The Development and Alumni Relations organization at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the premier development organizations in the world. Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team members benefit from an exceptional work environment where professional excellence and individual pride in achievement are grounded in a strong institutional commitment to integrity and collegiality as we strive for collective success. For talented and innovative individuals, a career at the University of Pennsylvania offers the chance to be part of an exceptionally exciting environment at the nation’s first university. We seek talented individuals who will constitute a community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Penn’s commitment to achieving eminence through diversity is ultimately a commitment to creating a more vibrant university so that our employees will be both stimulated and empowered to shape a better world.


The Director, Strategic Event Development and Production is responsible for developing specific projects and event strategies supporting current and future Development and Alumni Relations goals. This will include but not be limited to developing strategies and program content for events showcasing university-level priorities, including presidential campaign events, academic events with a campaign focus, on and off-campus campaign kick-off, campaign exposition and conclusion events, legacy tour events and incoming presidential welcome events. Reporting to the Executive Director for Programs and Special Events, the Director will help define, create and execute key event programming to communicate pertinent messages, goals, and achievements to all relevant audiences, including University leaders, alumni, parents, volunteers, faculty, students, and staff. Specific Responsibilities:* Define the strategy, concept and plan for specific projects that will support the events outlined above by working closely with the Executive Director and the Senior Management team. Will generate and present creative concepts informed by approved messaging for senior management review. * Develop and produce select special projects within the approved budget and in accordance with well-established timelines by working with DAR staff, other Penn staff and contracted production vendors.* Strategize integration of prepared remarks and program content into produced events by working closely with the Executive Director, presidential script-writers from both the president’s office and the Development and Alumni Relations Marketing team, and faculty or other presenter content and remark providers. Will include direct interaction with the highest level of administration, faculty, campaign, alumni, and volunteer leadership. * Maximize the synergies of campaign messaging with select schools and centers as they develop and produce school-specific events by working collaboratively with the Campaign Office team. Integrate DAR-generated strategic communications tools to include various marketing pieces that will be made available for tailored messaging from the individual schools and centers. * Support department as required for execution of major events that require all staff to participate in support roles to include but not be limited to Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. Perform additional duties as assigned.


A Bachelor’s Degree and 7 years to 10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Master’s degree preferred* Minimum of 10 years development communication and event production experience, with special focus on strategic messaging and communications production in support of fundraising initiatives. Experience in higher education essential. * Superior writing and editing skills with demonstrated strength in and understanding of live event scriptwriting and event production execution.* Broad knowledge of current communications tools and techniques, including the latest in electronic communications and technologies and the capacity to use them.* Demonstrated ability to establish and meet deadlines, and to anticipate and respond effectively to undefined needs and unexpected challenges.

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.

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