Assistant Dean (for External Affairs - Journalism)

College Park
Jun 14, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Christine Vicencio
Full Time
Reporting to the Executive Director of Development in University Relations with a dotted line to the Dean of the Merrill College of Journalism, the Assistant Dean for External Relations is the chief fundraiser for the Merrill College of Journalism. Carrying a portfolio of 100+ prospects and current donors, s/he is responsible for securing major and leadership annual gifts to support the Dean’s priorities for the College. S/he develops and implements prospect strategies from identification through cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. S/he is responsible for meeting visits and solicitation metrics as well as the annual fiscal year and campaign fundraising goals. This Assistant Dean also coordinates volunteer activities and provides development support and counsel to the Dean of the College and to the academic and volunteer leadership. Significant travel is required (60-70% of time with 30-40% out of the immediate area.)
The successful candidate 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, soliciting and stewarding major gift level individuals, corporations and foundations. This position carries its own portfolio of prospects with prospect visit goals of 12-15 per month and 1-3 solicitations per quarter. In addition to work with major prospects, the candidate staffs the Board of Visitors. S/he manages signature College events including the Shirley Povich Sports Symposium, Alumni Homecoming reception and other events as determined by the Dean to maximize strategic engagement for alumni and friends of the College. Working with the Maryland Fund for Excellence, s/he works to build a robust Dean’s Fund. 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.
The successful candidate is 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 is goal-oriented and experienced in engaging academic and volunteer leadership. S/he is skilled at collaborating with a variety of stakeholders. Respect for the cultures of higher education and journalism is critical.

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