As a member of the central Donor Relations and Stewardship team, the Program Director of Donor Engagement for Principal Gifts & Special Projects will assist in the management and implementation of a comprehensive stewardship and engagement plan for the university’s highest level donors. In collaboration with development staff, the Program Director will lead and organize the strategic outreach, communication, reporting, events and programming for principal gift donors institution-wide aligning with fundraising priorities and goals. They will implement and manage consistent and timely protocols for acknowledging, recognizing and engaging donors that will ultimately strengthen their relationship and encourage their on-going support of the university. This person will develop high quality and thoughtful points of contact and engagement to retain the university’s highest level donors and support the ongoing, personalized stewardship of principal gifts, including the writing and editing of stewardship and related materials, particularly related to the impact of philanthropic support.
Experience: Minimum of five years of progressive experience in donor relations, development, advancement communications or related field. Candidates must also demonstrate an understanding of the role of donor relations and stewardship to a successful fundraising program.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to interact with donors and senior-level executives and administrators. Self-starter with the ability to lead and execute effectively and efficiently. Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to donors and the university. Strong customer service experience. Attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects under demanding deadlines. Exceptional writing and interpersonal 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.