UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement supports the University’s mission and strategic priorities in a variety of ways, including telling the UMBC story through brand, stories and design; building partnerships with community stakeholders; and fundraising to support students, faculty, alumni and programs.
OIA launched a divisional Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in 2018. The goal of the initiative is for OIA to be more intentional in our efforts to reflect UMBC’s commitment to inclusive excellence. Engaging deeply in work to improve diversity and inclusion can be challenging, but doing this work thoughtfully and sincerely is essential to creating a truly supportive, positive work environment for all. In fact, it is in those challenging moments—such as when we’re confronting stereotypes or unconscious bias—that opportunities for growth present themselves.
The UMBC Alumni Engagement & Development Team has an exciting opportunity for a Development Officer (DO). The DO will manage a portfolio of 80 -100 prospective, current and past donors, and will develop strategies for identification, qualification, solicitation and stewardship.
Why Work at UMBC?
UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $95,000and has over 4 weeks of vacation for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available.
The primary role of the Development Officer is to secure investment from generous donors for the institution's top priorities. The DO will be responsible for in-depth knowledge of giving opportunities in STEM schools (a particular area of focus will be finalized depending on candidate background and interest), centers and offered by the institution as a whole. The DO will collaborate across schools and units where donors have multiple interests and giving priorities. The DO regularly reports on the major gift portfolio and activity to the Major Gift team, Deans, Department Chairs and other leaders. The DO may partner with other gift officers across the units to solicit funds for priority programs and initiatives.
Two positions are available: One DO will focus on the College of Engineering and Information Technology. The other DO will focus on the College of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Proven major gift experience and success including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospects/donors at the five- and six-figure range (2 years)
Superior interpersonal and listening skills and the proven ability to collaborate as well as build strong working relationships with colleagues across the campus to achieve fundraising results
Experience with complex multi-unit proposals and gifts requiring work with senior academic/program leaders (2 years)
Facile with analyzing data, preparing reports/metrics and reporting on results (1 year)
Experience working in a complex institution (example working across divisions and units) while maintaining professionalism, collegiality and collaboration (2 years)
Commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging through supporting institutional priorities and expressing workplace values for DEIB
Superior written and verbal communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail and the ability to articulate a compelling case for philanthropic support
Must be detailed, deadline oriented, goal oriented and comfortable managing multiple projects within tight schedules
Comfort with technology and data management
Demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals
Master's Degree and/or Certification preferred (CFRE or Philanthropic Advisor)
Experience raising funds from donors in a technical environment (engineering, science, research)
Experience working with prospects/donors at the six- and/or seven-figure range
Complex principal gift experience in a related field (major gifts, principal gifts, planned giving, higher education, nonprofit)
Planned giving experience
Proven principal gift experience managing prospects on behalf of senior institutional leaders
Experience with higher education donors including alumni from Engineering, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Student Life and other areas
Experience with Athletic giving programs and donors
Experience with multi-year campaigns, fundraising events and giving societies
Experience working in higher education with academic and program leadership
Experience with complex project management in support of development activity (complex proposals, major events, etc.)
Volunteer management (or management in support of top institutional leaders) with major gifts, principal gifts and/or development committees (2 years)
Background Screening Statement:
A background check will be required.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Upload a cover letter, which preferred focus and a resume.
If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.