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Title: Development Coordinator
Category: Staff

Position Summary/Purpose of Position: The Division of University Relations is seeking a Development Coordinator to work with the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

  • The Development Coordinator is responsible for the programmatic coordination of fundraising activities such as identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and renewal, and for directing the administrative support functions for the Assistant Dean, External Relations and, at times, the Dean while s/he is involved in fundraising activities. S/he will be involved in building relationships with various populations including alumni, faculty, staff, students, business and community leaders, and other volunteers.
  • This position supports the daily development activity of the Assistant Dean, including scheduling internal and external appointments with donors/prospects/potential volunteers, preparing briefings for the Assistant Dean and Dean, and maintaining a special events calendar for the office and coordinating the involvement of the College’s faculty and staff in cultivation activities.
  • The Development Coordinator oversees the unit’s budget for events and other activities, and tracks and manages expenses and payments to internal and external contacts with the Assistant Dean. S/he also works directly with vendors, campus contacts, divisional colleagues, and other university administrators for the College’s alumni/donor events and activities. The Coordinator takes a leadership role in ensuring “best in class” donor relations, stewardship and alumni relations practices for the Merrill College of Journalism.
  • The Development Coordinator works with the Advancement Services database system and other university databases, processes gifts, prepares gift agreements, and produces reports to monitor budgets and donations working with Foundation Management, to assist the Assistant Dean in tracking performance metrics and to detail the progress/impact of programs and initiatives. S/he prepares cultivation/stewardship materials including donor acknowledgements, email newsletters and event invitations. S/he is also responsible for assuring completion of contact reports and follow up for further donor cultivation. S/he understands and successfully follows all university policies.
  • The Development Coordinator works with the Prospect Research Team to identify donors for the pipeline and assists in recruiting volunteers to support the annual development plan for the College. S/he, working with the Assistant Dean, helps to implement activities designed to increase alumni engagement with the College and organizes events and activities to engage and support donors, alumni and volunteers, including the College’s participation in Giving Day and Maryland Day, Dean’s Circle activities and other on- and off-campus events.
  • Attendance at events during and after regular office hours and weekends may be necessary. Limited travel, primarily in the College Park area, is necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


  • At least three years of professional administrative experience required.
  • Experience organizing and executing events.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • High degree of attention to detail.
  • Able to work with figures and manage budgets.
  • Strong writing, editing and research skills.
  • Collaborative mindset and ability to interact effectively with both external and internal audiences.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment, prioritize tasks, think proactively, and work independently, using good judgment and experience to make decisions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications.
  • Proficiency in Mailchimp or similar email marketing platform.
  • Demonstrated excellence in customer service.
  • Familiarity with Advance or similar donor database skills.


  • Prior experience in fundraising/development environment or higher education is preferred.
  • Passion for, or interest in, the field of journalism.

For best consideration, please apply by Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

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Title: Director of The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
Category: Staff

Position Summary/Purpose of Position: The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism is seeking a director to lead its Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. Funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Howard Center will produce groundbreaking investigative projects while training the next generation of watchdog journalists. We are looking for someone with the vision, skills, ideas and commitment to carry out that dual mission.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Newsroom leadership or mentoring experience required as well as 10 or more years of professional experience. The position requires a deep understanding of investigative journalism, the ability to manage complex collaborations and an abiding commitment to mentoring student journalists. In addition to launching and shaping the center, the successful candidate will be an editor, a leader, a collaborator, and a powerful public advocate for the importance of investigative journalism in a democratic society. We are looking for someone who is excited to explore new forms of storytelling and eager to mentor the next generation of investigative journalists.

Preferences: Advanced degree and/or university-level teaching experience.

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Title: Associate Professor
Category: Faculty

Position Summary/Purpose of Position: The Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the College of Information Studies (Maryland’s iSchool) at the University of Maryland, College Park, invite applications for a tenure-track/tenured position in computational journalism at the assistant or associate professor level. This will be a joint position with the College of Journalism and the iSchool, with the tenure home in the College of Journalism. The successful candidate will teach in both colleges at the undergraduate and graduate level, and will have a research agenda of interest to both schools. The successful candidate will be expected to have an active research agenda and to seek external funding for research. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to advise and mentor graduate students on doctoral dissertations, master’s projects and other scholarly initiatives. All tenured and tenure-track faculty at Maryland are expected to be active in service both inside and outside the university.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a passion for journalism and the watchdog role it should play in a democratic society. Research and teaching topics of interest to both schools include data analytics as applied to journalism and/or social media; fairness, accountability and transparency in algorithms; news automation; audience analytics and engagement, including those illuminating trends in politics, society or sports; data visualization; social networks; and/or digital innovation. The successful candidate will be expected to have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment.

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