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Senior Director of Development, University Initiatives

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 111499
Title: Director
Functional Title: Senior Director of Development, University Initiatives
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 Senior Director of Development is responsible for developing overall strategies and leading fundraising activities for university-wide initiatives, including signature initiatives of Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland, such as need-based undergraduate scholarship and fundraising opportunities associated with the University’s partnership with The Phillips Collection. The Senior Director will also provide major gift support for ongoing university programs with fundraising opportunities such as the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Office of International Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Senior Director will coordinate his/her fundraising activities with campus schools/colleges, the regional major gift team and central units. The Senior Director will also be expected to manage a portfolio for such projects and to successfully cultivate and secure six and seven figure gifts.

The Senior Director will be a liaison to campus leaders – often times including Deans and the unit development staff. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for University Development, he/she will work closely with the Office of Principal Gifts. The position may also work closely with campaign volunteer leadership. In addition, as a member of the senior team within University Development, the Senior Director will serve as an internal consultant to the schools and colleges during times of transition in their respective senior development officer positions, which may involve working directly with a Dean on an interim basis as the school/college’s senior development officer.

This position requires the ability to manage complex projects and duties and will include working with all campus and central units to coordinate the creation and management of prospect pools, prospect/donor strategies and solicitations. The Senior Director may also help develop case materials, provide strategic analysis and reports on progress, and conduct presentations on the initiatives to boards, staff and others.

May require evening and weekend work. Travel is necessary approximately 40% of the time.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

A minimum of seven years of experience working in development, preferably in a research university environment. A minimum of three-five years of experience as a front-line major gift officer with a strong track record of closing six- and seven-figure gifts.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
A proven record of effectiveness in major gift fundraising of six and seven figure gifts. Proven success starting and managing innovative programs, projects or initiatives. Proven ability to work with volunteers and/or major donors. Demonstrated ability to manage, execute and complete complex tasks and to oversee large projects; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to complete tasks or projects; excellent writing and interpersonal skills are essential to this position.


Advanced degree preferred.
University campaign experience preferred.

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Physical Demands of the Position: This is a primarily a sedentary position involving extensive use of desktop computers. The position does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. Approximately 40% travel is required.

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: 07/10/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 08/07/2017
Physical Demands

This is a primarily a sedentary position involving extensive use of desktop computers. The position does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. Approximately 40% travel is 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.

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