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Chief Development Officer and Assistant Dean College Park, MD

The A. James Clark School of Engineering (Clark) at the University of Maryland (UMD) seeks a dynamic, ambitious, and strategic leader to serve as the next assistant dean and chief development officer (CDO). This is an exceptional opportunity for a collaborative, high-performing, and aspirational fundraiser and alumni engagement professional to build upon the school’s remarkable philanthropic success.

Looking ahead, UMD aspires to sustainably increase its annual fundraising capacity in the coming years as it strives toward building the infrastructure of its next multi-billion-dollar campaign. Such growth will be dependent upon a fundraising strategy that reflects industry best practices and maximizes the personal and financial engagement of individuals, corporations, and foundations. As the largest fundraising unit on the College Park campus, the A. James Clark School of Engineering routinely raises more philanthropic dollars than any other unit.

The CDO will serve as chief fundraiser and unit manager for the A. James Clark School of Engineering, effectively overseeing a talented team that includes major and principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, alumni engagement and donor relations, and stewardship. This individual will be responsible for identification of potential major-gift and principal level donors. The CDO will identify and engage regional development markets in collaboration with development colleagues, and maintain development travel schedules. In preparation for the university’s forthcoming campaign, this individual will lead a comprehensive outreach and fundraising program to support the strategic initiatives of the school as well as a sustainable infrastructure to support future fundraising efforts.

A collaborative and natural convener, the CDO will work closely with the university’s offices of gift planning, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, leadership annual giving, regional giving, prospect research, and the alumni association on strategies for donors related to those areas. The CDO will oversee strategic development events to expand the major gift pipeline. This individual will also participate in the design, recruitment, and support of the school’s Board of Visitors.

Reporting to the senior executive director of development within university development with a dotted line to Dean Samuel Graham, Jr., the CDO will be a key member of the dean’s senior staff and will be expected to provide meaningful input on the full range of issues facing the school. The CDO will work effectively within an environment of shared governance, developing collaborative and solutions-oriented relationships with leaders, faculty members, and colleagues in support of UMD and Clark School’s academic mission and strategic vision. To that end, the CDO must be able to work with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve shared goals.

Given the significance of the school’s fundraising attainment, the CDO will be seen as a leader within the development enterprise at UMD, and will be expected to actively advance the existing culture of excellence, collaboration, accountability and professionalism.

The successful candidate must possess extraordinary communication and negotiation skills, the political savvy and flexibility to navigate a complex academic community, and the desire and ability to build bridges and strong working relationships with all members of an operation. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Becky Piper and Ryan Cheung.


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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