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Principal Gifts Coordinator

University of Maryland at College Park
College Park, Maryland
upper 50,000s to low 70,000s
Posted Date
Aug 15, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Development & Advancement
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Office of Principal Gifts is dedicated to guiding the University’s relationship-building efforts with prospective donors having the capacity to contribute $1 million and more. Principal Gifts has responsibility for the highest capacity prospects (with giving capacities of $5M to $100M+) and actively coordinates, guides, and supports the cultivation-solicitation-stewardship activity conducted by the University’s president, VP of University Relations and other vice presidents, deans, senior development officers, and volunteers. Currently, The Office of Principal Gifts seeks a Coordinator to manage the daily operations of the office and manage high-level tasks that serve to cultivate and steward donors and prospects.

The Principal Gifts Coordinator will report to the Assistant Director of Development for Principal Gifts, provide administrative support, and serve as the initial point of contact for the office. They will coordinate meetings as well as compile and prepare briefing materials for meetings, and assist the team with donor entries, incoming requests, and ensuring the confidentiality of information. In doing so, the Coordinator will work with a variety of internal constituents and support personnel throughout campus. In collaboration with the Assistant Director and contacts within schools and units, they will manage the outreach briefing process for the President, VP of University Relations and the Provost. Through this collaboration, they will ensure leadership is properly prepared for all engagements with principal gift donors and prospects.

The Principal Gifts Coordinator must be a self-starter with excellent organizational skills. They must be able to work independently, be creative, and welcome professional challenges. This person must be able to act with discretion and handle confidential donor information appropriately. This role requires the flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends, in order to respond to short deadlines and assist with special events/projects and other campus activities.

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s Degree Required.

A minimum of three years of professional administrative experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Excellent organizational, analytical and writing skills.
  • Adept at multitasking and prioritizing in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Proficiency with various software packages (such as Microsoft Office-MS Excel, MS Word) and the ability to learn and become adept with new technologies.
  • Ability to understand and operate within standard procedures and policies, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Professional, collegial, and customer-friendly style. Demonstrated excellence in customer service.
  • Ability to work without constant direct supervision, utilizing good judgment in prioritizing tasks and making decisions.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and tact.
  • Ability to collaborate and interact effectively with both external and internal audiences, and be able to build strong work relationships in a complex environment.
  • Strong editing, writing and research skills.
  • Extremely motivated and highly reliable.



Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

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