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Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, A. James Clark School of Engineering

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 109355
Title: Director
Functional Title: Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, A. James Clark School of Engineering
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:

The Senior Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, working closely with the Assistant Dean for External Relations of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, will provide leadership for development related activities for the college’s major strategic philanthropic initiatives, securing significant financial support from corporations, foundations and, in a few instances, individuals. The Senior Director will coordinate strategy for corporate and foundation relationships with the Clark School and its departments and institutes. In collaboration with deans, chairs and key faculty, the Senior Director will develop comprehensive relationships with the college’s major corporate funders that will include philanthropic support and may also include identification of sponsored research opportunities, and serving as the corporations’ key liaison to the Clark School and with many corporations. Working closely with the Assistant Dean for External Relations, the Senior Director designs and executes the Clark School’s current comprehensive campaign. The Senior Director will serve as a senior member of the External Relations Team committed to the establishment of a major gifts culture to support the strategic vision of the Clark School. The Senior Director supervises the Assistant Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations.

The Senior Director will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary and will travel 10% of the time locally and regionally.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

A minimum of seven years of development and/or customer relationship management experience.
Experience securing corporate and foundation gifts of six figures and above.
Proposal writing experience.
Experience working with senior executives and volunteers.
Experience overseeing stewardship events and activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
Ability to manage program fundraising, from defining the opportunity to identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major prospects and donors.
Ability to synthesize complex material and have a great attention to detail.
Ability to manage many projects simultaneously and a demonstrated record of completing assignments.
Strong customer service ethic.
Ability to work 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.


Master’s degree.
Campaign experience.
Experience working with senior administration and faculty members.
Experience working with highly technical information.
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.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment with in-state and out-of-state travel (10%) resulting in working some nights and weekends.

For best consideration, please apply by Monday, February 26, 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: 01/01/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 02/26/2018
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment with in-state and out-of-state travel (10%) resulting in working some nights and weekends.

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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