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Director of Development, School of Public Policy at University of Maryland

Director of Development, School of Public Policy

University of Maryland College Park, MD Full-Time
Posting Details

Position Number: 124378
Title: Director of Development
Functional Title: Director of Development, School of Public Policy
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.00
Unit: VPUR-Development
Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks
Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol
The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland ( USM ) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD , are required to be vaccinated against COVID . As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD , you will be required to comply with the University's vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
Reporting to the Assistant Dean, External Relations, the Director of Development holds principal responsibility for fundraising in the School of Public Policy ( SPP ). The Director of Development supports the Dean of SPP , developing and executing plans for fundraising to deliver the resources needed for the Dean's priorities. The Director of Development works primarily in the area of major gift fundraising for SPP , planning, implementing and overseeing the major gift fundraising program ($50,000 and higher) with emphasis on six and seven-figure gifts.

The Director of Development serves as a key member of the External Relations team and as an ambassador for SPP . Working collaboratively with members of the School and University community, and in coordination with the Dean and Assistant Dean, External Relations, the Director of Development leads donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts. The Director of Development additionally assists with the development of external relations materials, programming and special events in support of SPP objectives.

As a specific component of the Director of Development's responsibilities, the Director of Development works with the Dean of SPP to engage the Dean in donor/constituent specific development strategies, secures dates and plan for the Dean's development activities, including local and regional constituency events, travels for cultivation and solicitation, and manages correspondence and regular contact with donors.

The Director of Development must be a highly energetic and collegial professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five and six figure range. The successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively and strategically with units across campus including the Office of Gift Planning, Donor Relations, Annual Giving, the Alumni Association, as well as unit-based and school/college development officers, and university leaders.

This position will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends. Regular local travel, and out of area travel approximately 25-40% of time.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor's degree required.

Experience:Candidates must have at least 6 years of successful major gift fundraising experience. They must also have a track record of working collaboratively on philanthropic gifts within a complex institution, preferably in higher education. Further, a proven track record of initiating and building relationships with prospects, and a successful record of soliciting, securing and closing major gifts are required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Energetic customer-service oriented professional
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the willingness to make "cold calls" in order to cultivate, solicit and close proposals.
  • Ability to synthesize complex material and have great attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that will enable him or her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues.
  • Ability to represent the university and its priorities in a compelling and professional manner.
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time and work occasional evenings and weekends.

• Higher education fundraising and/or development experience in a public research university.

• Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of public policy landscape, both domestically and internationally

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
For best consideration, please apply by September 2,, 2022.

Benefits offered: The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA . No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Salary Range: low $110,000s to mid $130,000s

Job Risks Not Applicable to This Position
Physical Demands
Some work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard equipment and keyboards. Regular local travel, and out of area travel required approximately 25-40% of the time. Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Posting Date: 05/16/2022
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 09/02/2022
Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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