Associate Director of Major Gifts

The Shippensburg University Foundation is accepting applications and nominations for a new position: Associate Director of Major Gifts.   

The SU Foundation seeks a highly motivated fundraiser to join a group of dedicated professionals, committed board members, and loyal constituents at an award-winning foundation that supports a nationally recognized, regional, comprehensive public university. The SU Foundation offers a Competitive salary and benefits package (including healthcare and TIAA-CREF retirement plan)

Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, the Associate Director of Major Gifts will develop and implement the strategy for identifying, nurturing, soliciting, and managing major gifts prospects. The Associate Director of Major Gifts serves as a key member of the professional staff supporting all fund-raising functions, including annual, capital, planned giving, as well as special interest, corporate, and foundation programs. Utilizing the Moves Management philosophy, the Associate Director of Major Gifts manages a prospect/donor caseload requiring discernment of donor philanthropic interests, ongoing cultivation, timely visitation, and solicitation efforts. This position may also work with the Foundation’s CEO on special projects.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree required in Public Relations, English, Marketing, Business Administration, or related field. Five years’ experience in the fundraising field required. Experience in the related fields of marketing/sales, public relations, or alumni affairs is a plus.

Travel is required. It is expected that the Associate Director of Major Gifts attend a variety of University and community functions and activities that include evenings and weekends as part of the job responsibilities. This includes: personal solicitation, alumni events, committee and board meetings, cultural and athletic events. Must have current driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Send cover letter and resume to the attention of the SU Foundation/Search Committee via email at  or by mail to 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Strongest consideration will be given to applications received by May 24, however, applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The Shippensburg University Foundation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.


About the Foundation: The Shippensburg University Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, was created in 1977 and serves to seek financial resources and provide services to support and enhance Shippensburg University’s mission of student learning and personal development through highly effective and innovative teaching, complemented by a wide variety of out-of-class experiences. Today, the SU Foundation’s endowment totals $40.1 million and the Foundation administers and manages nearly $88 million in assets. In 2016, the SU Foundation concluded a multi-year, comprehensive campaign- Charting the Course, Lighting the Way: The Campaign for Shippensburg University- which was the most successful campaign in the Foundation’s history and the most successful campaign in the PA State System raising more than $69 million. In 2017-2018, the SU Foundation raised more than $6.1 million to support students, faculty, and programs.

The University: Since its founding in 1871, Shippensburg University, one of 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, has been a leader in public higher education. Long recognized for its academic rigor and its proactive approach to maintaining its leadership position as higher education has evolved, “SHIP” now offers a full array of over 100 undergraduate and over 50 graduate programs on its attractive 200-acre campus. The University recently announced the establishment of a School of Engineering within the College of Arts and Sciences to house the five engineering programs and the establishment of an Honors College. Ship has been named a top university in the North for multiple years by U.S. News & World Report, and its programs were named among the best of their kind. To learn more about the University, please visit

Location: Shippensburg lies in the Cumberland Valley, 40 miles southwest of the state Capitol of Harrisburg, and is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a population approaching 700,000. National firms, either headquartered or with major operations, in the region include Ahold USA, Deloitte, Capital Blue Cross, Highmark, HP, IBM, Hershey Foods, Harsco Corporation, Proctor and Gamble, Rite Aid Corporation, Tyco Electronics, and Volvo Construction Equipment.