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Major Gifts Officer, A. James Clark School of Engineering

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 119805
Title: Development Officer
Functional Title: Major Gifts Officer, A. James Clark School of Engineering
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 A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland seeks a dynamic and creative Major Gifts Officer to cultivate and solicit individual donors for the Clark School’s initiatives and priorities. S/he will be responsible for several departments and/or programs as assigned for which s/he will raise funds from alumni, parents, faculty, and friends of the school. This Major Gifts Officer will work collaboratively with volunteers and other development colleagues, alumni relations staff, department chairs, and faculty to meet department and school fundraising objectives.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Manage a portfolio of 150 prospects, cultivate and solicit individual donors at the $50,000 level and above.
• Make a minimum of 12-15 prospect visits each month, both locally and nationally. Additional metrics including number of solicitations per year and gifts closed per year will be determined annually.

The Major Gifts Officer will monitor all prospect contacts in his/her assigned departments to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations. S/he will organize, assist with, and attend programming and event activities for the Clark School, and the university as appropriate. The Major Gifts Officer may take on special fundraising projects within their assigned academic departments and units, as approved by the Director of Development.

The Major Gifts Officer may be required to work evening and weekends as necessary. Local and national travel is required up to 50% of the time.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

• Minimum of three to five years of successful development/fundraising experience, including two years of soliciting individual major or leadership gifts.
• A proven track record of qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding prospects and donors in the five to six figure range.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of best practices in the advancement field.
• Demonstrate an interest in higher education advancement and be able to represent the University of Maryland in a highly professional and effective manner.
• Ability to learn and promote the mission of the Clark School.
• Ability to juggle multiple priorities and work independently, while also serving as a prominent and enthusiastic member of the college’s development team.
• Strong interpersonal skills that will enable him/her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues.
• Strong writing, communication, and listening skills.


• An advanced degree.
• Management/supervisory experience with volunteers.
• Background or strong interest in engineering or a related field.
• Familiarity with higher education fundraising and experience in a public research university.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. Travel is required up to 50% of the time.

For best consideration, please apply by Monday, April 2, 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: 03/13/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 04/02/2018
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. Travel is required up to 50% 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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