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Executive Director, Philanthropy Stewardship, Donor Relations, & Communications

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Maryland, United States
$141,000.00 - $160,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 20, 2024

The University of Maryland Medicine Philanthropy (UMMP) team is a landmark joint initiative uniting the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center in a profound philanthropic endeavor. This partnership exemplifies a commitment to revolutionizing healthcare through transformational philanthropy. Centered on the pillars of education, research, patient care, and community partnership, our collective focus is unwaveringly set on securing philanthropic support that will fuel excellence in every endeavor of our academic medical center enterprise.

UMMP is welcoming new team members who are eager to maximize their professional skills and leverage their experience to create a collaborative, best-in-class fundraising model. Team members will be encouraged to use their unique expertise and perspectives to bring their work to life, contributing to the larger mission. Empowering diverse perspectives will be essential to this process.


The Executive Director will serve as a key strategic leader in the creation and execution of comprehensive and strategic stewardship and communications plans that elevate engagement opportunities with key prospect and donor audiences. The Executive Director will design and implement, or enhance, premium engagement experiences through personalized stewardship reporting, events, regional activities, and both on-campus and virtual activities. Direct alignment with communication planning and execution will allow the team to increase name recognition and branding, with the ultimate goal of highlighting and increasing philanthropic impact. The Executive Director will lead and manage Stewardship and Donor Relations as well as Development Communications and will oversee planning, advising, and facilitating of the highest and most tailored engagement activities in direct alignment with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center, and in partnership with the University of Maryland Baltimore. Efforts with multiple prospect and donor bases will promote and increase financial philanthropic investment in top fundraising priorities and align work across the entire academic medical center enterprise. The Executive Director will manage a team of three with plans to grow and build the team.


This position will include a significant managerial function overseeing Stewardship & Donor Relations (SDR) as well as Development Communications on the University of Maryland Medicine Philanthropy (UMMP) team. The team member will be expected to be a subject matter expert in their space. They will achieve objectives through coordinated efforts of others by managing recruitment, engagement, performance, and development of employees. They will develop, implement, and manage goals and priorities. They will participate in strategic planning, as well as determine and enforce processes, practices, and/or policies on their team, in support of the larger UMMP team. They will manage operations, workflow, projects, and/or systems that have strategic impact in their area of expertise. They will oversee direction of two functional areas, including SDR and Development Communications. They will oversee and execute strategic goals and objectives that directly align with our comprehensive academic medical center enterprise, including the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center campus. They will have authority to make managerial decisions within areas of responsibility, will seek feedback from leadership where appropriate, and inform leadership of results. They will provide transformational advice and support to leadership on the academic medical center enterprise’s long-term strategic vision. Their decisions and the quality of execution will have significant impact on the UMMP team’s success and progress of work. Team members will be encouraged to use their unique expertise and perspectives to bring their work to life, contributing to the larger mission. Empowering diverse perspectives will be essential to this process.


UMB offers a comprehensive benefits package that prioritizes wellness, work/life balance, and professional development. This position participates in a retirement program that must be selected and is effective on your date of hire. Exempt regular staff receive a generous PAID leave package that includes over 4 weeks of vacation accrued each year, 15 paid holidays, 3 personal leave, unlimited accrual of sick time, and comprehensive health insurance; professional learning and development programs; tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any University System of Maryland school; and flexible work schedules and teleworking options (if applicable per job). 


    Plan strategically to enhance stewardship, donor relations, and development communications that will achieve the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center’s overlapping and aligned philanthropic objectives. Oversee comprehensive donor support services and stewardship strategies that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels. Oversee an integrated donor engagement program that encompasses donor acknowledgments, endowment status reports, communications, and events across the enterprise. Support executive decision making by overseeing creation of planned and ad hoc reports and identifying trends. Develop communication plans to ensure a continued pipeline of information is distributed to internal and external audiences. Oversee the Development Communications internal creative team members to produce high quality stewardship and communication deliverables through digital and printed collateral as well as social media and other online platforms and emerging technology. Review prepared reports, such as gift reporting, fund reports, assessment dollar collected, endowment expenditures. Partner with UMMP Development Operations team members to identify trends and variances to address. Support the development of memberships of giving clubs, committees and affiliations and maintain up-to-date list of donors and prospect in the philanthropy database. Oversee the stewardship activities for the school and medical center, and ensure major, principal, and planned giving donors have individualized, specialized plans of acknowledgement, including invitation to appropriate events. Provide direction to and execute marketing strategies, programs, and communications to donors. Lead philanthropy communications team with a focus on building a culture of philanthropy and generating ongoing and long-term support for UMMP’s mission. Oversee maintenance and improvement of work-flow processes, including project management and communications calendaring. Support a culture of excellence and ensure a positive donor experience by continually optimizing communications activities (research, analytics, assessing marketing performance). Partner with annual giving and alumni solicitation team members on activities that include cultivating relationships with all donor bases, including but not limited to alumni, grateful patients, faculty, staff, and friends. Partner with events team members to ensure donor engagement is a priority in event planning and execution, as well as a key performance indicator in event success. Performs other duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor's degree. Master's preferred.

Experience: Eight (8) years progressively building a background in the various philanthropic functions, preferably in higher education, including at least five (5) years in donor data maintenance, donor support and stewardship, gift administration or advancement services.

Supervisory Experience: Four (4) years in direct management or leadership role.

Other: Financial disclosure reporting required by the State of Maryland Ethics Commission.

Hiring Range: $141,000 - $160,000 (Commensurate with education and experience) 

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at  

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address. 

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