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Major Gifts Officer

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123217
Title: Development Officer
Functional Title: Major Gifts Officer
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.0
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 Division of University Relations seeks a Major Gifts Officer for the Regional Programs unit.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer works in targeted geographical areas and fundraises for University-wide special projects and initiatives including programs that are not unit or academically based.
The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for discovering, cultivating, soliciting and closing gifts of $50,000+. Additionally, s/he will develop a strong portfolio of 100-120 donors and prospects and hold a minimum of 150 prospect visits annually, both locally and nationally.

The Major Gifts Officer represents the University to internal and external audiences while working with members of the university community to advance our mission. The Major Gifts Officer develops a prospect pipeline by “cold calling” alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. S/he creates and implements strategies leading to increased engagement and giving in support of University and academic priorities.

The Major Gifts Officer must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five-figure range. S/he must be able to work collaboratively and strategically with volunteers, fundraising professionals and campus leaders.

This position requires extensive time out of the office meeting with prospective donors and travel is expected for approximately 60% of the time. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

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


A minimum of three (3) years experience of progressively responsible development/fundraising experience. A successful track record qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding prospects and donors in the five+ figure gifts range.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be an energetic and creative professional with a proven record of working strategically and effectively with high level donors and building donor relationships.
Ability to make cold calls.
Ability to develop cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Interpersonal skills that will enable him/her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues.
Ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines and the ability work independently.
Ability to work collaboratively and strategically with campus leaders, volunteers, and other fundraising professionals.
Strong listening, written, communication and critical thinking skills.
Must be able to manage a demanding travel schedule (at least 60% of time) as well as work evenings and weekends as necessary.


Higher education fundraising and/or development experience in a public research university.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment. Must be able to travel up to 60%. Occasional work on evenings and weekends is required.

For best consideration, please apply by Wednesday, August 2, 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: 07/20/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 08/02/2017
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment. Must be able to travel up to 60%. Occasional work on evenings and weekends 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.

Applicant Documents

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

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