Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 110935
Title: Assistant Dean
Functional Title: Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations
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:

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development with a dotted line to the Dean of the Smith School of Business, the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations serves as the chief fundraiser for the Smith School with responsibility for formulating and executing an integrated program of development and alumni relations strategies to maximize philanthropic support for the school’s strategic initiatives. The Assistant Dean will actively manage a portfolio of 50-75 of the school’s top major and principal prospects; strategically manage the Dean’s development and alumni relations activities with a focus on using him to engage, cultivate and solicit principal gift prospects; manage a team of 20 professionals and support staff to advance best practices that promote philanthropic engagement and support from all constituencies; and develop volunteer philanthropic leadership, overseeing the strategy and recruitment for the Smith School Advisory Board and Campaign Committee. The Assistant Dean is a key member of the Dean’s leadership team and a senior leader of the University’s development staff.

The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraiser with a proven track record in major and principal gift fundraising with a particular strength in developing strategic and comprehensive fundraising plans and executing against these plans to achieve goals and objectives. S/he will be a talented and effective staff manager and mentor with the ability to motivate and inspire while ensuring accountability, productivity and growth. The assistant dean must be able to navigate and excel in a highly-complex organization, engage and collaborate with academic, institutional and volunteer leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

10+ years of progressively responsible experience in the field of advancement or related environment;
Significant experience with the successful solicitation of six- and seven-figure gifts from individuals, preferably within a university or college setting;
Significant supervisory experience, and the ability to supervise a staff made up of a mix of professional and administrative support staff;
Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills;
Proficiency with desktop software, databases, and networked information systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The position requires the ability to plan and think strategically and manage a team for results. A broad understanding of higher education, and particularly of public research universities, and an appreciation of the mission of business schools are important.


Experience working in a large research university preferred.
Prior experience as the chief development officer for an academic unit, similar not-for-profit organization, or as the manager of a high-performing fundraising team within a larger organization is highly desired.
Volunteer leadership management experience is preferred.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. 30-50% travel is required.

For best consideration, please apply by Thursday, September 28, 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: 09/06/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 09/28/2017
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. 30-50% 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.

Applicant Documents

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

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