Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,

Former NCAA Division I three time All-American with 20 years of experience in higher education, including intercollegiate athletics, development, and alumni relations. Demonstrating specific skills and ability in NCAA compliance, student-athlete recruitment and success. Also, many proven successful years of working closely with faculty, alumni groups, administrators, parents, and athletic coaches. Specific knowledge and experience in event planning, community outreach, fundraising, sport season and practice implementation. Ambitious and highly motivated to work with a prestigious and future focused university athletic department or alumni relations team.

  • Student-Athlete Recruitment and Retention
  • NCAA Compliance
  • Alumni Relations & Development Expert
  • Intercollegiate Coaching
  • Facility Manager & Event Planning Expert
  • Actor & World Class Athlete
  • Community Service & Volunteer Focused Citizen
11/2012 to 08/2020 Gift Planning Officer Penn State University | University Park, PA,
  • Manage a revolving prospect list of 250 donors through discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Responsible for securing 12 major gifts of $10,000 or more and 4 verbal or written planned gift commitments per year
  • Lead Gift Officer during 2013-'18 campaign soliciting & securing $500,000 for athletic facility, coaches office, and lounge
  • In December of 2018, assisted donor in making a one time $250,000 (Gift of Stock) to create a family named scholarship
  • Plan and execute 144 face to face visits and 100 significant contacts annually resulting in a gift solicitation or volunteer role
  • Recruit volunteers to serve as alumni committee members, guest speakers on campus, or solicitors
  • Represent college as primary staff member at alumni events sharing updates, providing campus tours, and asking for support
  • During the pandemic, worked with six donors to create three additional "Endowed Funds" in Athletics & Sports Medicine totaling $40,000
  • Overall Planned Giving work includes two $250,000 bequests, and one $100,000 Charitable Remainder Uni Trust (CRUT)
11/2012 to 12/2012 Acting Extra & Production Assistant Rollins, Inc | Fremont, CA,
  • Worked as extra and assistant on movie production of film Foxcatcher
  • Performed wrestling and training techniques appropriate at world class level
  • Assisted with stage set up, athlete placement, and crowd control
03/2011 to 03/2012 Commercial Sales Representative Advantage Sport & Fitness | City, STATE,
  • Managed 550 accounts including schools, universities/colleges, and professional organizations
  • Developed proficiency with AutoCad, ACT Database and Sales software
  • Provided fitness consultation and solutions for clients
  • Attended national sales conferences and workshops
09/2005 to 02/2011 Intercollegiate Wrestling Coach & Facility Manager Washington And Jefferson College | City, STATE,
  • Recruited & retained approximately 25-30 student athletes annually
  • Created monthly newsletters and communication materials for alumni, parents, and friends of the program
  • Fundraise an additional $20,000/year to help supplement operating budget of $11,000
  • Planned and hosted major events including open tournaments, dual matches, alumni events, and community projects
  • Responsible for overseeing campus "Wellness Center", supervising 20 work study students, purchasing $30,000 annually in fitness equipment, and coordinating facility repairs & maintenance
  • Served on NCAA Wrestling Committee
Education and Training
Expected in Master of Education | Higher Education Administration University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA GPA:
Expected in Bachelor of Science | Elementary Education And Teaching Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA GPA:

3X NCAA Division I All-American

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