Chief Development Officer, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

University of Maryland
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 12, 2021
May 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Chief Development Officer will serve as a major gifts officer and unit manager on behalf of the University of Maryland for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and for University Relations/Development. This individual 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 dean, faculty, and other administrators, and coordinate with all development staff and gift stewardship activities with donor relations.

The Chief Development Officer will work closely with the Office of Gift Planning, Corporate and Foundation Relations office, Annual Giving, 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 develop a major gifts pipeline to build a qualified prospect base for the school. This person will serve as a liaison between the faculty, staff, students, and potential supporters (individual 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 for University Development.

The Chief Development Officer will also serve as a member of the Dean’s senior staff for the college. They will supervise and manage the marketing and communications programs for the unit including strategic planning, branding, and outreach. In collaboration with Dean, this individual will identify new members and generally manage activities of the College’s Board of Visitors and Alumni Board.

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).

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s degree required.

Work Experience:
Minimum of nine (9) years of experience in fundraising, and demonstrated success in major gifts fundraising and volunteer management required, including a minimum of three (3) years supervisory experience or managerial responsibilities required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Self-motivated professional with the ability to assertively create and cultivate relationships.
Demonstrated ability to solicit and close major and principal 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.

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