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.
Experience: • 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.
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.