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Assistant Vice President for University Relations

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 100208
Title: Assistant Vice President
Functional Title: Assistant Vice President for University Relations
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPUR-VP University Relations
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 Vice President (AVP) of University Relations manages the University of Maryland College Park Board of Trustees and directs development support services for the division of University Relations. The AVP also serves as Vice President/Secretary for the University of Maryland College Park Foundations, Inc., managing the activities of the University of College Park Foundation Board of Trustees which includes developing and implementing meeting and committee agendas. The AVP works closely with the Board Chair and the Chair of the Executive Committee on board related issues, identifying and recruiting trustees, and acting as a liaison for the President and Vice President with various volunteers, donors, and prospects. This person works directly with the President, Vice President and Provost as required in support of the Board of Trustees.

The AVP supervises the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship which includes developing donor focused events and programs, endowment reports, personalized donor reports, MOU’s, gift clubs and other related stewardship activities. This individual will also supervise the Office of Special Events which includes planning and executing development and campaign events, overseeing the president’s suites for basketball and football and other related activities including commencement and convocation. In addition, the AVP will supervise the Office of Prospect Management and Research, which includes researching and compiling high level and confidential information on University constituents, identifying new prospects, ensuring integrity of constituent data, advising on prospect assignments, and adhering to legal privacy requirements and ethical standards.

This position will require the availability to work nights and weekends and travel approximately 20% of the time.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):

Bachelor’s degree.


A minimum of 10 years of experience, preferably in higher education; including supervising and managing staff, budget management, personnel services, developing and implementing annual goals; significant experience managing and working with high level boards and volunteers, experience in fund raising and capital campaign, developing and implementing special events.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal skills, excellent writing skills demonstrated experience working with volunteers and board management.

General understanding of all university relations functions, including development, alumni relations, marketing and communication, and development administrations.

Ability to manage staff.

Demonstrated ability to develop cultivation and successful solicitation strategies.

Ability to work both independently and part of a team is necessary for success.


Master’s degree.

Knowledge of university personnel policies and procedures is desirable.

Knowledge and understanding of UMCP and USMF policies and procedures is desirable.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment with availability to work nights and weekends, and occasional travel up to 20% time.

For best consideration, please apply by Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

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: 02/07/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 03/07/2018
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment with availability to work nights and weekends, and occasional travel up to 20% 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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