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Fuel Wonder With Us

Wonder starts with the spark of an idea, but it’s ignited when others help make it happen. When you join the University of Arizona Foundation Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement (PAE) team, you join a team who dares to imagine bigger and works together to fuel a better future for the university and the world. Join us on a mission to inspire alumni and friends and create a culture that thrives on wonder. 



About Us

The University of Arizona Foundation, founded in 1958, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the university through philanthropy. We facilitate connection and build enduring relationships that maximize the power of giving for the university and its generous alumni, donors and friends.

We're seeking talented champions who share our principles of commitment, donor-centricity, integrity, excellence, teamwork and partnerships. Join the Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement (PAE) team as we continue to grow and aim high for the future with a goal of doubling fundraising in our Fuel Wonder campaign!

Our diverse team of support and operations staff and frontline fundraisers helps us create excellent experiences for alumni, donors and friends of the University of Arizona. Join us to learn more about the One Team culture that makes this meaningful work possible.

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Our frontline teams are the story tellers of the University of Arizona’s unique opportunities for philanthropic support, and they are committed to connecting the hopes, dreams, interests, and passions of our current and future donors. We have 85+ frontline fundraising positions spanning over 25 departments and units on campus. 


Our operations teams have grown significantly in the past two years in an effort to provide the best in advancement services to our fundraisers and our donors, including strategic information services, marketing/communications, information technology, stewardship, financial services, gift processing, and human resources & talent management.


Our support teams are the backbone of our organization, and they are dedicated to a variety of areas including fundraising units, department leaders, and our executive team. Our commitment to excellence from the smallest to the largest details of our work would not be possible without the individuals supporting each of our units.


Our Guiding Principles


We begin with the end in mind in all we do. We are dedicated to achieving PAEs goals in order to help the university maximize its impact on and service to the world.


We believe philanthropy is maximized by connecting the hopes, dreams, interests, and passions of our current and future donors to the university.


We are honest and forthright in all of our interactions with constituents and colleagues. We respect and adhere to the highest standards of our profession.


Our commitment to excellence extends from the smallest to the largest details of our work. We strive to exceed the expectations of each person with whom we interact.


We believe trust is the foundation of great teamwork. We will be most effective in a supportive environment that fosters open communication and respectful interaction.


We believe that great advancement work is achieved when donors, volunteers, students, alumni, parents, friends, academic leaders, faculty, staff, and community leaders work together with a shared vision of the University’s future.

Hear From Members of Our Team

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Drew Krewer

Position Director, Prospect Development  

"At the PAE, you’ll frequently hear people quote that we are “One Team,” and I can tell my colleagues are invested in our collective success. People are energized by collaborating across departments and enjoy working together to develop creative solutions."

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Mike Benigno

Position Recruiter I, Human Resources Operations

"PAE has consistent leadership and a wealth of knowledge that carries over into every department of our organization. We bring purpose, passion and energy into our everyday tasks. If you are seeking to make a meaningful impact, this is the place for you."

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Winie Blumenkron

Position Senior Director, IT Operations

"I love working at PAE because I get the opportunity to be part of an organization that is committed to making an impact on educating the next generation, supporting research, and driving innovation. The environment is rewarding and supportive. We are a great team where collaboration and sharing ideas are encouraged by leadership and work-life balance is respected."


The University of Arizona Foundation believes that our strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to accomplishing our mission. Our values of accountability, integrity and service excellence are where our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is evidenced and lived out through our actions and behaviors.

Our Hiring Process

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Living in Tucson

Tucson has been continuously settled for more than 12,000 years. It celebrates a diversity of cultures, architecture and peoples. Yet, it is one of the “Mega Trend" cities of the 21st century known for its Optics Valley, premier health services center for the Southwest, the astronomy center of the world, home to a premier research institution – the University of Arizona – and a tourism destination. Historically, the state economy was based on five key industries cattle, cotton, copper, citrus and climate.

Tucson was rated a "mini mecca for the arts" by the Wall Street Journal, and in 2009 was ranked the No. 20 arts destination by American Style Magazine. Tucson is one of a select few cities of its size that boasts its own ballet company, professional theater, symphony and opera company. The city's natural history and cultural heritage are also on display in more than 30 regional museums.

Tucson is situated in the Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by five mountain ranges. A trip from the valley floor to the 9,157-foot Mt. Lemmon summit traverses seven of the world's nine life zones. The city lies between Catalina State Park to the north, Coronado National Forest to the north-west, Saguaro National Park East and West and the Tohono O'odham Nation to the south.


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Excited to Join our Team? 

We're excited to consider you! Click the button below to reach out directly to our recruiters. They can answer questions about open positions, keep you posted on positions as they become available, and generally work with you to find your place within our incredible organization. Thank you, and bear down!