Associate Director of Development, A. James Clark School of Engineering

College Park, Prince Georges County
Aug 01, 2014
The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland seeks a dynamic and creative Associate Director of Development/Major Gifts Officer to cultivate and solicit donors for School initiatives and priorities. The incumbent will be assigned several departments and/or programs for which he/she will raise funds from those departments’ natural constituencies including alumni, parents, friends and occasional corporations. This position reports to the Director of Development for Individual Major Gifts in the Office of External Relations. The position works collaboratively with, and in support of, volunteers and other development staff, alumni relations staff, department chairs, and faculty. The position monitors all prospect contacts in his/her assigned departments to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations. The incumbent recommends, assists with, and attends programming and event activities of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and university as appropriate. Local and national travel is essential and the incumbent is expected to be visiting prospects a minimum of 50% of the time. The candidate may take on special fundraising projects within their assigned academic departments and units in the Clark School, as approved by the Director of Development. The candidate will work closely with volunteers to meet their fundraising objectives. The chosen candidate must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five and six figure range as well as have a level of experience in a specialized fundraising program. Candidates much have the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with other fundraising professionals and campus leaders. Minimum Qualifications: Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.): Bachelor degree required. Masters preferred. Experience: The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of three years of successful development experience or comparable experience. Ideally, he/she will have a proven record of working effectively with volunteers and high level donors in a university setting; building and stewarding donor relationships; and soliciting and closing five+ figure gifts. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The candidate must demonstrate an interest in higher education advancement to engage and cultivate prospects and donors, including a proven ability to make discovery calls and solicit and close major gifts. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to manage more than one project simultaneously, and a demonstrated record of completing assignments. The candidate must be a highly energetic, creative, and experienced professional with a proven track record of building excellent donor relationships and closing five+ figure gifts. Candidates must have the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with campus leaders, volunteers, and other fundraising professionals. The candidate must exhibit strong interpersonal skills that will enable him/her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues. Excellent writing and oral communication, and critical thinking skills are essential. This position will have a demanding travel schedule. Preferences: Management/supervision experience with volunteers is desired. Background or interest in engineering or related fields is desired. Some corporate giving experience is preferred. Familiarity with higher education fundraising and experience in a public research university is preferred. Additional Information: PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE POSITION: Traditional office environment with a demanding travel schedule (up to 50%). The salary range for this position is $76,000s to $96,000. 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 H1-B Visa sponsorship is offered for this position. Documents should be uploaded in PDF format. If you need assistance uploading documents, please contact the University Human Resources eTerp Help Desk at 301-405-5679.