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Chief Development Officer, Smith School of Business

University of Maryland, College Park
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 22, 2023
The Chief Development Officer will serve as a major gifts officer and unit manager on behalf of the University of Maryland for the Robert H. Smith School of Business and for University Relations/Development. This individual will be responsible for the identification of potential major-gift and principal level donors. They will identify and engage regional development markets in collaboration with development colleagues and maintain development travel schedules. This individual will lead a comprehensive outreach and fundraising program to support the strategic initiatives of the school. They 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 serve as a member of the Dean’s senior staff for the college and partner with the Dean and key faculty in the development and successful implementation of strategies to advance the goals of the Smith School through philanthropic support; these will include but are not limited to program and center directors, marketing and communications, and offices of career services and experiential learning.

The Chief Development Officer will also collaborate with the central University Relations teams including Gift Planning, Corporate and Foundation Relations office, Annual Giving, Leadership Annual Giving, Regional Giving team, Prospect Research the Alumni Association and Office of Experiential Learning to advance the school’s philanthropic objectives. 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 key liaison between the faculty, staff, students, and potential supporters (individuals, corporations, and foundations). Similarly, they will also serve as a liaison among the faculty and staff of the Smith School, and for University Development. This individual will partner with the dean in the design, recruitment, and support of the School’s Board of Advisors. They will also oversee a talented team that focuses on major and principal gifts from individuals, corporate and foundation philanthropic support, alumni engagement and donor relations and stewardship.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is one of the 12 colleges or schools at the University of Maryland. With deep connections to the business, government, nonprofit and professional networks of the Washington, D.C., metroplex, the school is uniquely positioned to influence current and future business leaders, policymakers, and change agents. The Smith School is committed to the generation and dissemination of new and impactful knowledge, and to providing a transformational, integrated, interdisciplinary experience that unleashes student creativity, builds students’ ability to think critically and independently and challenge the status quo, and empowers them to drive a prosperous future for the benefit of all.

With more than 3,100 undergraduates, nearly 1,900 graduate students and more than 68,000 alumni around the globe, the Smith School’s national and international networks offer exceptional opportunities for engagement and transformative philanthropy.

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