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Executive Director of Development

University of Maryland at College Park
College Park, Maryland
Salary range is high $180,000s to low $230,000s commensurate with experience.
Date posted
May 3, 2024

Job Details

The Executive Director of Development (EDOD) is an essential administrator in the Division of University Relations and a strategic leader in the planning and execution of annual fundraising goals and university-wide fundraising campaigns. The Executive Director directs a portfolio of fundraising programs within the Central Development organization: Regional Fundraising, Parent and Family Philanthropy, Special Initiative Fundraisers (Do Good and Campus Priorities) as well as constituent units: University Libraries, Undergraduate Studies, and the Division of Student Affairs. This role also supports engagement and fundraising opportunities with affiliated programs throughout the University as needed. The Executive Director will work closely with deans and other campus leadership, developing fundraising priorities and strategies for their respective units.


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Central Development, the Executive Director will assist in the development of ambitious fundraising goals and establish performance metrics for units and staff under supervision, driving efficiency and maximizing philanthropic support. The Executive Director will utilize data analytics tools to identify trends and formulate strategies to drive the gift officer metrics framework and must understand how to utilize data to coach, provide support, and drive results. Additionally, the Executive Director will work with development officers and campus partners to create and execute donor strategies; provide training and mentorship to fundraising staff; and maintain their own portfolio of high-level prospects.


The Executive Director promotes and facilitates integration, collaboration, and teamwork between all departments throughout the Division as appropriate, to maximize engagement and philanthropic opportunity in support of the university’s strategic mission. An understanding of development best practices, trends, and emerging strategies is crucial to support the growth of philanthropy at the University. As a strategic leader, the Executive Director serves on the development leadership team and acts as a representative of University Relations throughout the University. This role anticipates travel approximately 20% of the time and requires the availability to work evenings and weekends as necessary for events, donor meetings, and programs.


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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