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Director of Development, Smith School of Business

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 122194
Title: Director
Functional Title: Director of Development, Smith School of Business
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.00
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 Director of Development for the Smith School of Business will be responsible for soliciting gifts of $50,000-$100,000 (but up to $1 million) from alumni and non-alumni friends in an assigned regional area. The Director will work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other development staff, and other University representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for school priorities. The Director of Development will monitor all prospect contacts in his/her portfolio to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations. S/he will recommend and assist with programming involving the president, vice president, campaign volunteer leaders, and deans.

The Director must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five and six figure range. Candidates must have the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with other fundraising professionals and campus leaders.

The Director of Development will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends and be required to travel locally and nationally 70% of the time.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s degree required.

A minimum of 5-7 years of successful development or related experience. A proven record of working effectively initiating and building relationships with prospects. A successful track record of soliciting, securing and closing philanthropic gifts.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The candidate must be an energetic professional with a proven track record of building excellent donor/client relationships. S/he must have a willingness and ability to make “cold calls” and to cultivate relationships with and solicit individuals.

The candidate must have excellent writing skills. Must have the ability to manage many projects simultaneously and a demonstrated record of completing assignments. The candidate must have a strong customer service ethic and experience overseeing successful events and activities.

The candidate must exhibit strong interpersonal skills that will enable him/her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues. He or she must demonstrate the aptitude to represent the University in a highly professional and effective manner.

The position involves extensive travel up to 70% of the time and will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.


Volunteer management and proposal writing experience is desired.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: This is a primarily a sedentary position with the physical demands found in an office environment involving extensive use of desktop computers with demanding travel schedule with travel 70% of the time both locally and nationally.

For best consideration, please apply by Friday, April 21, 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: 03/07/2017
Closing Date: 05/30/2017
Open Until Filled
Best Consideration Date 04/21/2017
Physical Demands

This is a primarily a sedentary position with the physical demands found in an office environment involving extensive use of desktop computers with demanding travel schedule with travel 70% of the time both locally and nationally.

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

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