College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Assistant Dean for External Affairs

University of Maryland  |  College Park, MD  |  Posted: Oct 2 2018

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Position Number: 120512
Category Status: Exempt Staff, Full-time Regular
Unit: AGNR-Deans Office

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. 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.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, Major Gifts in University Relations with a dotted line to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR), the Assistant Dean of External Relations is the chief fundraiser for AGNR. Carrying a portfolio of 100+ prospects and current donors, s/he will secure major gifts (50K+) to support the Dean’s priorities for the College. The Assistant Dean is responsible for developing and implementing prospect strategies for individuals, corporations and foundations from qualification through cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. This position is responsible for meeting visit, solicitation and money raised metrics. This position will also coordinate volunteer activities and provide development support and counsel to the Dean of the College and to the academic and volunteer leadership.

Position Responsibilities:

The Assistant Dean will have a proven track record as a successful hands-on fundraiser who is skilled at closing gifts and taking the lead in identifying, cultivating, cultivation, soliciting and stewarding major gift level individuals, corporations and foundations. This position will carry its own portfolio of prospects with prospect visit goals of approximately 12 per month and 1-3 solicitations per quarter in addition to work with major prospects, and will be responsible for signature College events designed to maximize strategic engagement for alumni and friends of the College. It is anticipated this position will also work closely with the Directors of Planned Giving and Corporations and Foundations to secure gifts on behalf of the College and the Office of Annual Giving to ensure pipeline building.

The Assistant Dean will be a hands-on, innovative fundraiser with a proven track record in identifying sources of support, creating and implementing prospect strategies that end in successful solicitation, and closing major and principal major gifts at the individual, corporate and foundation levels. S/he will be goal-oriented and experienced in engaging academic and volunteer leadership. S/he will be skilled at collaborating with a variety of stakeholders.

Availability and willingness to work evenings, weekends and outside standard business hours. Significant travel is required (60-70% of time with 10-20% out of the immediate area).


Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):Bachelor’s degree required.

A minimum of six years of progressively responsible development/fundraising with a successful track record of closing six-figure gifts with individuals, corporation and foundations and identifying and building constituencies for support. Experience planning and executing campaigns.
Experience recruiting, managing and working effectively with volunteers and high level donors. Experience managing a staff.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledgeable about best practices in the advancement field.
Must be energetic and an organized self-starter who is capable both of working independently and in a team environment.
Must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work collaboratively with various constituencies.
Must be an entrepreneurial and strategic fundraiser.
Ability to set and achieve individual and group goals.
Must have an appreciation for the academic experience and activities of a major research university. Excellent writing and editing skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree.
Experience in higher education institutions, non-profit institutions.
A background in agriculture and/or natural resources.

Physical Demands:

This primarily is a sedentary position involving extensive use of desktop computers. The position does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs. Availability and willingness to work evenings, weekends and outside standard business hours. Significant travel is required (60-70% of time with 10-20% out of the immediate area).

Application Instructions:

For best consideration, please apply by Monday, October 15, 2018.

Benefits offered: The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Candidates must apply online at

Closing Date: For best consideration, application material should be received by October 15, 2018.

Position Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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