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Senior Director of Foundation Relations

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 114920
Title: Director
Functional Title: Senior Director of Foundation Relations
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPUR-Corporation/Foundation 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 Senior Director of Foundation Relations will play a critical role in the success of UMD’s next fundraising campaign. S/he serves as the lead foundation relations development officer and is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private foundation gifts and grants in support of University of Maryland, College Park priorities. S/he will develop and implement strategies that align University strengths, initiatives, and priorities with foundation programs, and will play a key role in positioning the University on the leading edge within a myriad of disciplines in an effort to increase foundation grants and collaborations for UMD. A key responsibility will be a role as convener for research efforts across the campus into a single, compelling proposal, working closely with the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR), the Office of the Provost, the University of Maryland College Park Foundation (UMCPF), and the University System of Maryland Foundation (USMF). S/he will manage solicitations of foundations by senior administrators, including the President and Provost, deans, faculty, board members, volunteers and others as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Seven to ten (7 to 10) years of experience working with private foundations, government grants and/or corporate foundations is required.

Demonstrated success in fundraising and proven track record in securing foundation gifts, grants, and sponsorships.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent proposal writing skills.
Ability to manage teams of senior faculty and administrators working together to develop compelling proposals.
Ability to handle multiple assignments and work well under pressure in a deadline-driven environment.
Ability to think strategically and creatively.
Able to work well in a team environment.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.


Advanced degree preferred.

Experience in higher education, preferably with an emphasis on foundation relations.

Experience using online research tools to identify prospective funders.

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Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment with much time spent working at a computer. Must be willing to travel as much as 10% of the time. Must be able to work occasional nights and weekends.

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

Traditional office environment with much time spent working at a computer. Must be willing to travel as much as 10% of the time. Must be able to work occasional nights and weekends.

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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