The Assistant Director of Development, Gift Planning will serve as a planned giving officer on behalf of the University of Maryland for University Relations. The successful candidate will be responsible for the identification of potential major-gift donors. They will identify and engage regional development markets in collaboration with development colleagues, and maintain development travel schedules. This person will initiate first alumni contact for the university, and coordinate with all development staff and gift stewardship activities with donor relations.
The Assistant Director of Development, Gift Planning will work closely with the college/unit fundraising programs, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Leadership Annual Giving, Regional Giving team and the Alumni Association on strategies for donors related to those areas. Further, they will coordinate strategic development events and development of a major gifts pipeline to build a qualified prospect base for the university. The person will serve as a liaison between the faculty, staff, students and potential supporters (individuals, corporations and foundations). Similarly, they will also serve as a liaison among the faculty and staff of the assigned unit(s) and/or project(s), and the Office of the Vice President for University Relations.
The position requires the availability to work evenings and weekends.
Significant travel is required (60-70% of time with 20-30% out of the immediate area).
Work Experience: Minimum of four (4) years of experience in fundraising required, with at least two (2) of those years in the planned giving field. Candidates must demonstrate success in major gifts fundraising.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Self-motivated professional with the ability to assertively create and cultivate relationships, and a demonstrated ability to solicit and close major gifts. • Knowledge of planned giving fundamentals and vehicles to close basic planned gifts. • Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must, in addition to an ability to relate with department chairs, center directors, and research faculty in order to articulate to diverse external audiences our priorities, accomplishments, and aspirations. • Strong organizational skills. • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a large university with an integrated development program. • Proficiency in computers, databases, PGCalc or planned giving software and other systems. • Ability to exercise confidentiality and discretion.
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.