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Title: Assistant Dean for External Affairs
Category: Staff

Position Summary/Purpose of Position: 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.

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, soliciting and stewarding major gift level individuals, corporations and foundations. S/he 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 assists in planning and executing 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 Annual Giving and the Leadership Annual Giving staff, the Assistant Dean works to build a robust pipeline and 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.

This position must have the availability and willingness to work evenings, weekends and outside standard business hours. Significant travel is required (60-70% of time with 30-40% out of the immediate area.)

Minimum Qualifications: 

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s degree; Advanced degree highly preferred.

A minimum of 7 years of successful development experience with a proven record of working effectively with volunteers and high level donors; building donor relationships; and soliciting and closing five+ figure gifts.

Experience managing/supervisory volunteers and staff.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
– Must be an entrepreneurial and strategic fundraiser.
– Ability to identify and build constituencies for support, in setting and achieving individual and group goals, and in planning and executing campaigns.
-Experience with corporate and foundation fundraising.
– Knowledgeable about best practices in the advancement field.
– Exceptional verbal, editing management and organization skills.
– Must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively across the university for the enhancement of the donor experience.
– Must have an appreciation for the academic experience and activities of a major research university.

Availability and willingness to work evenings, weekends and outside standard business hours. Significant travel is required (60-70% of time with 30-40% out of the immediate area).


– Previous experience in higher education institutions and/or nonprofit institutions.

– Educational background or experience working in communications or journalism.

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Title: Professor
Category: Faculty

Position Summary/Purpose of Position: The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism is seeking an accomplished journalist, ready for a new career challenge. The successful candidate will be a leader in the field, with significant newsroom experience in creating world-leading journalism.

The successful candidate will join Merrill College’s full-time faculty as a tenured or tenure track professor. She/he will train future generations of journalists in today’s challenging and changing environment.

We are looking for a journalist from any area of news today who will commit to a hands-on presence at the university. We want someone who can bring passion and energy to journalism education — in teaching undergraduate and graduate journalism courses, working collaboratively with other faculty members and students on projects to be published on the college’s Capital News Service platform, mentoring student journalists, networking with the University of Maryland’s other colleges and actively contributing service to the university and news profession.

The successful candidate will have a clear vision about the role of journalism in the United States and globally. We want someone who has demonstrated the ability to adapt and learn new skills throughout her or his career and is willing to continue to actively update these skills. He/she will understand the changes transforming the media and news industries and the need to educate students in media innovation, as well as teach the core skills and principles of journalism.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree and/or university-level teaching experience is preferred but not required. Newsroom leadership or mentoring experience are also preferred.

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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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