Director of Campaign Planning
The Director of Campaign Planning is responsible, under the leadership of the Associate Vice President for University Development, for managing and executing the overall campaign strategy for the University of Maryland’s Fearless Ideas Campaign. Overseeing a multi-faceted tactical program, the Director of Campaign Planning will help develop and implement strategies for achieving campaign goals and facilitate action across contributing staff at all levels. The Director will have responsibility for working with Campaign leadership, directing their activities and the meetings of the various campaign committees; executing the campaign’s public launch and regional roll-out; oversight of all internal and volunteer campaign communications including campaign reporting and analysis; working with Schools and Units across campus to maximize their campaign success.
Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s Degree required.
The successful candidate will have at least 7 years of progressively responsible experience working with non-profit fundraising organizations. Strategic event management experience, including programmatic conception and production is required. Working directly with high-profile, C-suite executives and/or sophisticated leadership volunteers is necessary. Experience as a solicitor of major gifts for non-profit organization during a campaign is preferred, as is experience in an educational institution, preferably a large research university.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The University of Maryland seeks for this position a creative, solution oriented person with desire to help UMD achieve an unprecedented level of fundraising success. The successful candidate will possess the following:
• Ability to work in and navigate a complex environment.
• Sound judgment and discretion in working with prospects, volunteers, and University leadership.
• Strong organizational and managerial capabilities and excellent follow-through required.
• Ability to work in fast-paced environment and manage competing priorities while being self-directed.
• Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.
• Understanding of the fundraising process. Familiarity with reporting tools and accountability measures.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
• Ability to successfully engage and motivate diverse groups of individuals at all levels, including staff, alumni and volunteers.