Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Chief Executive Officer of the Penn State Alumni Association

Penn State University

State College, Pennsylvania

With 24 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, Penn State is the largest school in the Pennsylvania state system. It is a leader in higher education and carries out its mission of teaching, research, and service with pride and a focus on the future. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at Penn State University, allowing the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner. Penn State teaches students that the real measure of success is what you do to improve the lives of others. With that goal in mind, they strive to produce hard-working leaders with a global perspective and to conduct research to improve lives. Penn State enrolls over 100,000 students, employs 17,000 faculty and staff members and has over one-half million active alumni. It boasts the largest student-run philanthropic organization on the planet. U.S. News & World Report named Penn State the No. 1 School for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the Country” and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Penn State as one of the “100 Best Values in Public Education.”

The Opportunity

The Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Chief Executive Officer of the Penn State Alumni Association (CEO) will be an experienced and inspiring individual with a passion for Penn State and higher education. The successful candidate will possess the ability to lead a vast and diverse alumni community that is the largest dues-paying organization of its kind in the world. Reporting administratively to the Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and in an association management capacity to the volunteer President of the Alumni Association, the CEO will guide and partner with a network of 315 alumni affiliate groups, thousands of volunteers, and a staff of more than 55 employees to connect the Alumni Association’s 177,000-plus members with a broad range of programs, events, and resources.

The CEO will serve as a powerful ambassador for Penn State and possess the stature and presence to be a national leader in the field of association management. S/He will engage and value the Association’s Executive Board and Alumni Council in shaping the future vision and strategic direction of the Association; develop and pursue entrepreneurial approaches to increasing Alumni Association membership and building new revenue streams; oversee and manage all Alumni Association activities and communications, including the publication of The Penn Stater, one of the nation’s mostly highly acclaimed alumni magazines; and collaborate with leaders in the Office of University Development and the Office of Strategic Communications to support Penn State’s broader mission and goals. A bachelor’s degree or higher plus ten years of work-related experience is required; a background in alumni relations is preferred.