Assistant Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 119552
Title: Assistant Director
Functional Title: Assistant Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.00
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 Assistant Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations for the A. James Clark School of Engineering is responsible for assisting in achieving the unit goals for corporate and foundation giving, and representing the school strategically to the corporate and foundation communities.

The Assistant Director cultivates and solicits new, multifaceted institutional partnerships at all levels and maximizing the return on investment by our partners. In addition to focusing on college and campus-wide, s/he develops subject matter expertise in four to six departments, institutes/centers and/or interdisciplinary topics, programs or projects. The Assistant Director is responsible for soliciting gifts from new corporate, foundation, and institutional donors of $25,000-$5,000,000.

The Assistant Director manages the Clark School Corporate Partners Program, including strengthening relationships with current and prospective members, soliciting gifts, providing benefits and member support, ensuring proper recognition and overseeing Corporate Partner events. In conjunction with the Development Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, s/he creates strategies to maximize engagement by corporate, foundation and association funders with the college.

This position will be required to work evening and weekend hours. Also, frequent local travel, and occasional national travel, required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required.

A minimum of three to five years of successful fundraising, membership development or sales experience.
Experience with solicitation and stewardship of corporate and foundation donors.
Demonstrated ability of working with high-level corporate/foundation representatives; building donor/customer and prospect relationships and developing stewardship activities; and soliciting and closing gifts or deals of five figures or more.
Demonstrated success in fundraising and/or sales, as well as proposal writing.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
Able to manage project and program fundraising, from defining the opportunity to identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major prospects and donors.
Able to synthesize complex material and have a great attention to detail.
Able to manage many projects simultaneously and a demonstrated record of completing assignments.
Strong customer service ethic and experience overseeing successful stewardship events and activities.
Strong interpersonal skills that will enable him/her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues.
Ability to liaise across campus regarding topics including recruiting, sponsored research, executive or employee training, intellectual property and “tech transfer”, and all manner of philanthropic donations.
Ability to represent the University in a highly professional and effective manner.
Understanding of, and commitment to, the values and role of a public, research university.


Master’s degree.
Experience working with senior executives, volunteers, senior administration and faculty.
Experience in working with highly technical information.
Experience in higher education and/or industry.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment. Some evening and weekend hours required. Frequent local travel, and occasional national travel required up to 25% of the time.

For best consideration, please apply by Friday, November 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: 10/27/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 11/24/2017
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment. Some evening and weekend hours required. Frequent local travel, and occasional national travel required up to 25% of the time.

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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