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Director of Development for Parent and Family Philanthropy

University of Maryland
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 20, 2024

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The Director of Development for Parent and Family Philanthropy is responsible for discovering, cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts of $50,000+. The Director will maintain a strong portfolio of primarily parent and family donors and prospects to develop philanthropic support among Maryland parents and families. They will serve as a strategic leader to plan and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy for parent constituencies, including principal, major, and planned gifts while coordinating across the Division of Student Affairs, Division of University Relations and with other university-wide partners.

 Working closely with the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) and the Director of Development for Student Affairs, this development professional will staff and manage all aspects of the university’s Parents Philanthropy Board, an advisory board to the VPSA. It is expected this individual will quickly gain and present an expansive knowledge of the University of Maryland.

The person in this role will represent the University of Maryland to internal and external audiences while working with members of the university community to advance our collective mission. The Director of Development for Parent and Family Philanthropy will develop and expand a prospect pipeline of parents and family members with the goal of closing $500,000+ gifts annually. This position will require meeting with prospective parents and family donors in person and virtually. Working with, and reporting to, the Executive Director of Development for Major Gifts, the successful candidate will identify, visit, qualify, solicit, close and steward leadership and major gifts from parent and family members and other constituent groups as appropriate. This development professional will have an indirect reporting line to the Director of Development for the Division of Student Affairs and will liaise regularly with the Student Affairs Development team and the Office of Family Engagement.

The Director of Development for Parent and Family Philanthropy attends and may facilitate specialized training and development sessions with senior leaders, faculty and staff, as well as volunteers. The position will consult with the Division of Student Affairs in the annual solicitation of all parents and families, Family Weekend activities, and regional parent events. Additionally, the Director provides guidance on the collection of information and is a participant in the regular transfer of data.

This person must be a highly creative, energetic and independent professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing major gifts, preferably with a parent and family constituency. Candidates must have the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with other fundraising professionals and campus leaders and be supportive of parent/family representation on campus.

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