The Associate Director of Development will serve as a major gifts officer on behalf of the University of Maryland for University Relations, reporting centrally, with a dotted line to various campus colleges/units. This individual will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of potential major gift donors. They will identify and engage regional development markets in collaboration with development colleagues, maintain a prospect portfolio, and conduct development travel. The Associate Director will coordinate with all development staff and gift stewardship activities with donor relations.
The Associate Director will work closely with the Office of Gift Planning, Corporate and Foundation Relations office, Annual Giving, Leadership Annual Giving, Regional Major Giving team, and the Alumni Association on strategies for donors related to those areas. Further, they will work to develop a major gifts pipeline to build a qualified prospect base, serving as a liaison between the faculty, staff, students, and potential supporters (individual, corporations and foundations). Similarly, they will serve as a liaison among the faculty and staff of the assigned unit(s) and/or project(s), and for the Office of the Vice President for University Relations.
This position requires the availability to work evenings and weekends. Significant travel is required (60-70% of the time with 20-30% out of the immediate area).
Experience: Minimum of five (5) years fundraising or related experience required, demonstrating success as it relates to the experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Self-motivated professional with the ability to assertively create and cultivate relationships. Demonstrated ability to solicit and close major gifts. Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to relate with department chairs, center directors, and research faculty in order to articulate our priorities, accomplishments, and aspirations to these diverse external audiences. Strong organizational skills. Ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a large university with an integrated development program.
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.