The Division of University Relations is hiring an Assistant Director of Development for the College of Education. The Assistant Director is responsible for discovering, cultivating, soliciting and closing gifts from $50,000+ and developing a strong portfolio of supporters. The development professional is expected to gain and present an expansive knowledge of the school’s offerings. A minimum of 10-12 prospect visits each month, both locally and nationally are expected.
The position represents the College of Education and the University of Maryland to internal and external audiences while working with members of the university community to advance our mission. The Assistant Director of Development develops a prospect pipeline by “cold calling” alumni, friends, corporations and foundations who may not have been contacted previously. This requires extensive time out of the office meeting with prospective donors and travel is expected for approximately 60% of the time with the majority being local travel.
The chosen candidate must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five-figure range. Candidates must have the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with other fundraising professionals and campus leaders.
Occasional work on evenings and weekends is required.
Experience: A minimum of three years of successful development or related experience, within a university setting preferred. A proven record of working effectively initiating and building relationships with prospects/clients.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Willingness and ability to make “cold calls” and to cultivate relationships with and solicit alumni, corporations, foundations and non-alumni friends of the University for gifts.
Must have excellent writing skills.
Ability to manage many projects simultaneously and a demonstrated record of completing assignments.
Must have a strong customer service ethic and experience overseeing successful events and activities.
Must exhibit strong interpersonal skills that will enable him or her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues.
Must demonstrate the aptitude to represent the University in a highly professional and effective manner.
The position involves extensive travel 60% of the time (local & national). Occasional work on evenings and weekends is required.
About University of Maryland
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 has 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.