The Director of Development for the Smith School of Business will be responsible for soliciting gifts of $50,000-$100,000 (but up to $1 million) from alumni and non-alumni friends in an assigned regional area. The Director will work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other development staff, and other University representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for school priorities. The Director of Development will monitor all prospect contacts in his/her portfolio to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations. S/he will recommend and assist with programming involving the president, vice president, campaign volunteer leaders, and deans.
The Director must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five and six figure range. Candidates must have the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with other fundraising professionals and campus leaders.
The Director of Development will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends and be required to travel locally and nationally 70% of the time.
Experience: A minimum of 5-7 years of successful development or related experience. A proven record of working effectively initiating and building relationships with prospects. A successful track record of soliciting, securing and closing philanthropic gifts.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The candidate must be an energetic professional with a proven track record of building excellent donor/client relationships. S/he must have a willingness and ability to make “cold calls” and to cultivate relationships with and solicit individuals.
The candidate must have excellent writing skills. Must have the ability to manage many projects simultaneously and a demonstrated record of completing assignments. The candidate must have a strong customer service ethic and experience overseeing successful events and activities.
The candidate must exhibit strong interpersonal skills that will enable him/her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues. He or she must demonstrate the aptitude to represent the University in a highly professional and effective manner.
The position involves extensive travel up to 70% of the time and will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.
The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship campus of the State of Maryland and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is strategically located 9 miles from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and 30 miles from Baltimore. It is one of 63 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The university ha...s 73 programs ranked in the top 25 nationally and attracts over a half-billion dollars annually in sponsored research grants and contracts. Our diverse community includes almost 27,000 undergraduates, almost 11,000 graduate students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff members.
The Division of University Relations inspires excellence and achievement. We are a leader in illuminating the University of Maryland as a world-class institution with global impact. Our mission is to advance the goals of the University by increasing resources and support, enhancing awareness and affinity, and strengthening and developing relationships with the Maryland family and the greater community. Our core values are excellence, communication, and collaboration.