Executive Director of Advancement Services - McDaniel College

Executive Director of Advancement Service

McDaniel College

McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News and World Report top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs

McDaniel College invites applications for an Executive Director of Advancement Services. Salary for this full-time, 12-month position is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  At McDaniel College we value our employees by offering our full-time employees tuition remission, 403B retirement accounts with employer match, paid time off, medical insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and paid maternity and parental leave. Visit College website for details. 

Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Executive Director of Advancement Services serves as the chief information officer for the Institutional Advancement division, providing strategic leadership in the division’s work to create and manage an effective infrastructure that supports the College’s fundraising efforts. As a member of the Institutional Advancement leadership team, the Executive Director of Advancement Services primary responsibilities are to:

  • Support institutional fundraising efforts by administering the College’s fundraising database system – The Raiser’s Edge and NXT
  • Collect and disseminating data through comprehensive report writing
  • Create and implement best practices, policies, and procedures to ensure data integrity
  • Lead the development of a comprehensive major prospect management program
  • Oversee all Advancement Services functions, including gift processing, research, and records.


  • Bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in advancement services, with experience in a higher education setting preferred.
  • Experience working with relational databases is a necessity, preferably Raiser’s Edge and NXT. Query language skills required.
  • Advanced proficiency using the Microsoft Office suite of programs (especially Excel and Word), in a networked Windows-based environment.
  • Supervisory and team building experience required.
  • Scrupulous accuracy and attention to detail, as well as the ability to exercise sound independent judgment, following established protocols and procedures.
  • General fundraising skills, including proficiency at supporting and participating in prospect management, data management and best practices, and working knowledge of tax codes and the ability to interpret IRS rulings as they apply to charitable contributions and fundraising.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills including excellent oral and face-to-face communication skills, as well as the ability to consistently produce concise, professionally written communications; ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization, including executive level staff.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team-based environment, utilizing strong project management and problem solving skills; independently manage multiple, diverse and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to learn, interpret and apply a variety of complex policies and procedures.
  • Statistical literacy, strong analytical, organizational, demonstrated writing and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends in the conduct of job responsibilities.
  • Ability to handle highly confidential information with respect and discretion. 

To apply

For a complete job description including qualifications and to apply, please visit the college’s employment webpage. Completed applications must include a cover letter addressing position qualifications and related experience, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Open until filled. 

McDaniel College, an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, and employment of students, faculty, and staff in the operation of any of its educational programs and activities.  McDaniel College will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment on basis of any protected status including race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status or any other legally protected status.


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