The Director of Development for the College of Education is
responsible for discovering, cultivating, soliciting and closing
gifts from $50,000+ and developing a strong portfolio of
supporters. The development professional is expected to gain and
present an expansive knowledge of the school’s offerings. A minimum
of 10-12 prospect visits each month, both locally and nationally
The Director of Development represents the College of Education and
the University of Maryland to internal and external audiences while
working with members of the university community to advance our
mission. The Director of Development develops a prospect pipeline
by “cold calling” alumni, friends, corporations and foundations who
may not have been contacted previously. This requires extensive
time out of the office meeting with prospective donors and travel
is expected for approximately 60% of the time with the majority
being local travel.
The chosen candidate must be a highly energetic professional with a
track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in
the five-figure range. Candidates must have the ability to work
collaboratively and strategically with other fundraising
professionals and campus leaders.
Occasional work on evenings and weekends is required.
(include licenses, certifications,
Bachelor’s degree required.
A minimum of 6 years of successful major gift fundraising
experience. A proven track record of qualifying, cultivating,
soliciting, closing, and stewarding prospects and donors in the
five to six figure range. A track record of working collaboratively
on philanthropic gifts within a complex institution, preferably in
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Willingness and ability to make “cold calls” and to cultivate
relationships with and solicit alumni, corporations, foundations
and non-alumni friends of the University for gifts.
- Must have excellent writing skills.
- Ability to manage many projects simultaneously and a
demonstrated record of completing assignments.
- Must have a strong customer service ethic and experience
overseeing successful events and activities.
- Must exhibit strong interpersonal skills that will enable him
or her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and
- Must demonstrate the aptitude to represent the University in a
highly professional and effective manner.