University of Maryland, College Park - Major Gifts Officer, A. James Clark School of Engineering

The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland seeks a dynamic and creative Major Gifts Officer to cultivate and solicit individual donors for the Clark School’s initiatives and priorities. S/he will be responsible for several departments and/or programs as assigned for which s/he will raise funds from alumni, parents, faculty, and friends of the school. This Major Gifts Officer will work collaboratively with volunteers and other development colleagues, alumni relations staff, department chairs, and faculty to meet department and school fundraising objectives.

Company Profile

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is the flagship campus of the state’s higher educational system and a top-ranked public research institution. Chartered in 1856 as a small agricultural school, UMCP is the original land-grant institution in the State.  The University today serves over 39,000 students from all 50 states and 118 countries.  Located on 1,250 acres of rolling land in the Baltimore-Washington DC corridor, UMCP is a global leader in research, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The University is committed to preeminence as a national center of research and graduate education, and as the institution of choice for Maryland’s undergraduates of exceptional ability and promise.  


Both the campus and the surrounding area have experienced a meteoric rise over the past five years.  $1 billion in new construction has transformed the physical attributes of the campus, including new academic buildings, apartment complexes, and research facilities.  The College Park area is growing with a dynamic combination of start-ups, incubators, restaurants, retail, and the arts.  These enhancements have helped College Park become one of the top college towns in the country.


The Division of University Relations and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation oversee all development and alumni relations activities on behalf of UMCP.  Under the leadership of a highly experienced and capable Foundation President and Vice President of University Relations, UMCP began a $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign in July 2104 - the most ambitious and comprehensive fundraising effort in the University’s history.  Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland will empower UMCP to drive progress on a worldwide scale in areas of policy, science, arts and technology.  The campaign will infuse new resources and targeted investments to expand UMCP’s research enterprise, recruit and retain stellar students and ground-breaking faculty, and broaden and deepen the University’s community impact.  


In preparation for the launch of the public phase of the campaign in October 2017, the University aspires to further enhance its advancement programs and initiatives by expanding its resources.  The Division of University Relations seeks two Major Gifts Officers for the Clark School of Engineering to cultivate and solicit individual donors for the School’s initiatives and priorities.  


Higher Talent, Inc. is pleased to present these unique opportunities to qualified development professionals who seek career advancement in a creative and entrepreneurial environment, and the opportunity to join a university of increasing national and international prominence. We welcome the opportunity to discuss these positions with qualified candidates.


Please apply online and contact Laurie Sloss, Executive Search Consultant, at  We look forward to hearing from you!


Job Description

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of 150 prospects, cultivate and solicit individual donors at the $50,000 level and above
  • Make a minimum of 12-15 prospect visits each month, both locally and nationally.   Additional metrics including number of solicitations per year and gifts closed per year will be determined annually
  • Monitor all prospect contacts in his/her assigned departments to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations
  • Organize, assist with, and attend programming and event activities for the Clark School, and the university as appropriate
  • The Major Gifts Officer may take on special fundraising projects within their assigned academic departments and units, as approved by the Director of Development.
  • Local and national travel is required up to 50% of the time.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred
  • A minimum of three to five years of successful development/fundraising experience, including two years of soliciting individual major or leadership gifts, is required
  • Successful candidates will have a proven track record of qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding prospects and donors in the five- to six-figure range, knowledge of best practices in the advancement field, and a demonstrated interest in higher education advancement
  • Candidates must be able to represent UMCP in a highly professional and effective manner, learn and promote the mission of the Clark School, and juggle multiple priorities and work independently, while also serving as a prominent and enthusiastic member of the college’s development team
  • Strong writing, communication and listening skills, as well as interpersonal skills that will enable him/her to work well with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues, are essential.
  • A background or strong interest in engineering or a related field, management/supervisory experience with volunteers, familiarity with higher education fundraising, and experience in a public research university are preferred.  


Date Created:
23 May 2017
Primary Contact:
Name: Laurie Sloss
Job Title: Executive Search Consultant
Business Phone: 301-320-9007 ext 104