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Assistant Dean of Development for the School of Public Health

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 111672
Title: Assistant Dean
Functional Title: Assistant Dean of Development for the School of Public Health
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 Executive Director of Development, Major Gifts in University Relations with a dotted line to the Dean of the School of Public Health (SPH), the Assistant Dean of Development is the chief fundraiser for SPH. Carrying a portfolio of 100+ prospects and current donors, s/he will secure major gifts (50K+) to support the Dean’s priorities for the College. S/he is responsible for developing and implementing prospect strategies for individuals, corporations and foundations from qualification through cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. S/he is responsible for meeting visit, solicitation and money raised metrics. This position will also coordinate volunteer activities and provide development support and counsel to the Dean of the College and to the academic and volunteer leadership.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record as a successful hands-on fundraiser who is skilled at closing gifts and taking the lead in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift level individuals, corporations and foundations. This position will carry its own portfolio of prospects with prospect visit goals of 12-15 per month and 2-4 solicitations per quarter in addition to work with major prospects, and will be responsible for signature College events designed to maximize strategic engagement for alumni and friends of the College. It is anticipated this position will also work closely with the Directors of Planned Giving and Corporations and Foundations to secure gifts on behalf of the College. Travel and occasional weekend and evening hours are required.

The successful candidate will be a hands-on, innovative fundraiser with a proven track record in identifying sources of support, creating and implementing prospect strategies that end in successful solicitation, and closing major and principal major gifts at the individual, corporate and foundation levels. S/he will be goal-oriented and experienced in engaging academic and volunteer leadership. S/he will be skilled at collaborating with a variety of stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in major gift fundraising with a successful track record of closing six-figure gifts is required.

Interest in and general understanding of health and human service matters both domestically and internationally, and/or an interest in public health involving public, private and non-profit institutions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be an entrepreneurial and strategic fundraiser with a proven track record in securing major gifts with individuals, corporations and foundations, in identifying and building constituencies for support, in setting and achieving individual and group goals, and in planning and executing campaigns.

Knowledgeable about best practices in the advancement field.

Must be an energetic and organized self-starter who is capable both of working independently and in a team environment.

Must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively across the university for the enhancement of the donor experience.

While university experience is not a requirement, the candidate must have an appreciation for the academic experience and activities of a major research university.

Exceptional, verbal, editing, management and organizational skills are essential.


Master’s degree preferred.
Development experience within a University environment is preferred.
Experience fundraising for health and human service related organizations is also preferred.
Experience in raising funds through planned giving is desirable.
Familiarity/experience in a public research university is helpful.
Interest in public health issues and sense of humor are desired.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment with availability to travel (local, regional and national) is required 50% of the time as well as work that falls outside normal business hours (weekends and evenings).

For best consideration, please apply by Wednesday, October 11, 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: 09/27/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 10/11/2017
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment with availability to travel (local, regional and national) is required 50% of the time as well as work that falls outside normal business hours (weekends and evenings).

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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