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Executive Director of Development, Schools and Units

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 109974
Title: Executive Director
Functional Title: Executive Director of Development, Schools and Units
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPUR-Development
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Executive Director of Development, Schools and Units (EDOD) will lead, develop and mentor the development staff for twelve schools and colleges (Agriculture and Natural Resources, Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Arts and Humanities including The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Education, the I-School, Journalism, University Libraries, Public Health, Public Policy, and Student Affairs.

S/he will manage those frontline fundraisers who are responsible for meeting campaign goals by soliciting major gifts and developing donor pipelines. The Executive Director will help ensure the success of these units by setting clearly defined measurable goals for these units and monitoring and measuring fundraising progress and productivity, evaluate results and work with the senior development officers to address challenges and ensure success. The EDOD will provide strategic direction and leadership for the fundraising team for each of these units. S/he will work with the Assistant Vice President for Development on strategy and goal setting within the units and provide regular progress updates. The EDOD will partner with college and school deans to ensure units have effective and productive development operations. On occasion the Executive Director will assume chief development officer responsibilities when a key vacancy occurs in a school/college.

This position will also be responsible for assisting in the design and implementation of staff training programs.

The EDOD will also serve as the primary University Relations liaison with Maryland Hillel to ensure there are coordinated strategic prospect approaches, regular and open communication, and support as appropriate to the requirements of the agreement of affiliation between the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and Maryland Hillel.

The Executive Director must have ability to work after hours and occasional travel (10%).

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
● Bachelor degree required.
● A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated fundraising or related experience in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts donors.

● Demonstrated experience in managing multiple assignments and staff.

● A minimum of seven years of supervisory experience required.

● Higher education development experience is required, preferably with a large research university.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
● Proven ability to attract, mentor, motivate and lead a fundraising team; managerial skills to establish a team-and goal-oriented environment, empowering staff, building confidence and encouraging innovation.
● Experience in evaluation of skills and progress towards goals; ability to think strategically and innovatively; sound judgment.
● Intellectual depth, maturity and experience to work with and secure the confidence of academic leaders, senior development team and campus partners.
● Ability to respond quickly to changing needs and priorities.
● A deep commitment to higher education and the role of a research university; the ability to articulate mission, goals and priorities of the University and academic units.
● Ability to work after hours and occasional travel (10%).


● Masters preferred.
● Experience as the lead fundraiser for a school within a large research university preferred.
● Campaign experience preferred.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment. Will be required after hours as necessary and travel 10% of the time.

For best consideration, please apply by Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Benefits offered: The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Posting Date: 03/23/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 04/13/2017
Physical Demands

● Traditional office environment. Will be required after hours as necessary and travel 10% of the time.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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