Skip to Main Content

Major Gifts Director

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening.  To apply for the position, please click the Apply for this Job link/button.

If you would like to bookmark this position for later review, click on the Bookmark link.  If you would like to print a copy of this position for your records, click on the Print Preview link.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 114897
Title: Director
Functional Title: Major Gifts Director
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: USG-Shady Grove Center
Campus/College Information:

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a regional higher education center of the University System of Maryland (USM) located in Rockville, Maryland. USG is an innovative partnership of 9 public universities providing access to more than 80 high-demand undergraduate and graduate degrees specifically selected to respond to the workforce needs of the county and region. USG currently serves over 3900 students enrolled day-time, evening, full-time and part-time degree programs. The campus is projected to grow to 7500 students and is planning additional facilities to expand its health sciences and engineering degree offerings.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position is responsible for securing funds for the Universities at Shady Grove by identifying, qualifying, and managing a group of assigned donors and assuring that as many as possible are retained as continuing donors to the organization and are upgraded in their giving and involvement. This position will be critical to the Department of Advancement, as it will build valuable campus relationships with our partners and potential donors. The incumbent will also design donor growth strategies and messaging for all marketing channels. Responsibilities include prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Director will work closely with USM partners and their respective fundraising goals, priorities, and prospects. The Director will also work on behalf of USG with community organizations and on community outreach.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience raising major gifts of at least $10,000 and/or achieving annual fundraising targets of $1,500,000.
  • Proven track record in securing gifts, grants, sponsorships. Ability to manage administrators working together to develop compelling proposals.
  • Excellent communications skills and demonstrated ability to make persuasive written and oral presentations.
  • Ability to be self-directed, set goals, and design and implement strategies to achieve them.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to create and execute individual plans for each donor prospect.
  • Ability to personally relate to and interact with diverse donors, prospects, community leaders, partners and colleagues.
  • Driver’s License, personal vehicle and willingness to travel.
  • Ability to use donor relation management and wealth screening systems such as Advance.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of Montgomery County region and individuals of influence.
  • Senior level experience in development, fundraising, and/or public relations.
  • Experience planning and executing fundraising events.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience in writing and submitting funded grant proposals.
  • Able to develop budgets to support funding requests.
  • Experience preparing regular reports in timely manner.
  • Ability to project the mission, goals, and values of USG.
  • Ability to maintain a positive and constructive attitude when solving problems, addressing challenges and/or addressing competing priorities.
Additional Certifications:

CFRE certification preferred.

Additional Information:

Applicants are required to submit a writing sample such as a funding proposal or a letter of inquiry for funding.

Salary commensurate with experience; starting salary $96,500.

This position is located in Rockville, MD.

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.

Posting Date: 08/08/2017
Closing Date: 09/07/2017
Open Until Filled
Best Consideration Date 08/22/2017
Physical Demands

Normal office environment. 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. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
  4. Writing Sample 1
Optional Documents

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • UMD Job Site
    • Personal Referral
    • Washington Post
    • Baltimore Sun
    • Local Publication
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Inside Higher Education
    • INDEED
    • HERC
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Diverse Jobs
    • HigherEdJobs
    • Professional Journal
    • Listserv
    • Other
    • SimplyHired
    • CareerBliss
    • Job Fairs
    • Monster.Com