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Director of Donor Recognition

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 120313
Title: Director
Functional Title: Director of Donor Recognition
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.00
Unit: VPUR-VP University Relations
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 Donor Recognition is responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating and maintaining an institution-wide, comprehensive donor communications and recognition program that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of the university’s donors at all levels. He/she develops and implements consistent protocols for acknowledging, recognizing, celebrating and communicating with donors the importance and impact of their gifts to the university. The Director of Donor Recognition manages a strategic communications and recognition program that contributes to the university’s reputation for excellence and aligns with development team priorities and organizational campaign goals. He/she cultivates and works in partnership with all development staff to steward and strengthen new and existing relationships with donors and encourage and enhance their on-going support of the university. The Director is responsible for ensuring that donor relations programs are conducted according to the highest standards of professionalism. He/she provides training and guidance to University Relations staff and the campus community pertaining to donor relations best practices.

Position requires availability to work occasional evenings and weekends for events and programs. Some travel required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in English, journalism or communications.

Minimum of five years of progressive experience in the field of stewardship, donor relations, advancement communications or related field required.

Demonstrated understanding of the importance of donor relations and stewardship to a successful fundraising program required.

Leadership experience in a complex environment and the ability to effectively manage complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies required.

Proficiency in data analysis and report preparation, along with experience in budgeting and strategic planning and experience in coordinating special events and ceremonies are required.

Involvement and experience with utilizing extensive network of stewardship professionals required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to interact with donors and senior-level executives and administrators required.

Ability to establish measurable goals and objectives and develop and implement strategies for success as well as lead, motivate, set objectives and manage performance of staff required.

Ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to donors and the university required.

Strong customer service experience required.

Attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects under demanding deadlines required.

Ability to perform work activities requiring negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading or speaking with others required.

Ability to represent the institution well required.


Master’s degree in English, journalism or communications.

Experience within higher education.

Minimum three years of demonstrated supervisory experience and experience in donor relations and stewardship management.

Strong knowledge of BSR Advance system.

Familiarity with campus Financial Aid policies/procedures.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment with availability to work occasional evenings and weekends for events and programs. Some travel required.

For best consideration, please apply by Wednesday, May 24, 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: 04/27/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 05/24/2017
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment with availability to work occasional evenings and weekends for events and programs. Some travel required.

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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