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 Information Studies (The iSchool) 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
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 position requires the availability to work evenings and
Significant travel is required (60-70% of time with 20-30% out of
the immediate area). Education (include licenses,
Minimum of eight (8) 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
Knowledge, Skills, and
Self-motivated professional with the
ability to assertively create and cultivate relationships.
Demonstrated ability to solicit and close major and principal
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.