Director of External Relations

Washington, District Of Columbia
Jun 09, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
Full Time
Director of External Relations (108313)
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Position Summary: The Director of External Relations will be responsible for implementing and coordinating development and public relations operations for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Development (85%)
Identify, cultivate, and steward corporate and major individual donors and research sponsors for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Leverage existing corporate, business and alumni relationships to secure external funding and support. Ensure that the Department and faculty are represented to various constituencies, including industry and other potential sponsors. Work closely with the Clark School’s Office of External Relations. Direct alumni and visiting committee activities, corporate recruiter relations, and showcase research opportunities, as well as other opportunities for department advancement.

Public Relations (15%)

Oversee and direct public relations and marketing strategies in an effort to advance the reputation and image of the Department. Maintain close relationships with the campus media relations and advancement offices as well as the communications unit within the Clark School. Pursue media exposure, development opportunities and department publicity through direct contacts in key UMD offices.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree required; 5 years of successful professional experience in development, marketing, and/or sales. Must have excellent written, verbal, editing, interpersonal, management and organizational skills, and the ability to independently manage competing priorities in a dynamic environment.

Preferences: Master’s degree preferred. Major in engineering, sciences, corporate communications, public relations or related fields preferred. Experience at a large, complex corporate or academic research institution with an exposure to engineering or sciences preferred.

Additional Information: For best consideration, applications should be submitted by June 30, 2014, but position will remain open until filled. Please apply by uploading the following documents through the UMD employment website at, position 108313:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resumé
  3. List of References

The Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts vibrant education and research programs and is currently ranked in the top 25 of all mechanical engineering graduate and undergraduate programs within the United States. The Department's faculty members maintain active research programs, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering and reliability engineering. For further information about the Department, please visit the Department's website .

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities Are Encouraged to Apply.