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MPT Managing Director, Major and Planned Giving

Recruitment #18-007055-0001


Maryland Public Television (MPT) is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to lead, manage and enhance its current major and planned giving program.

This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.


Maryland Public Television

11767 Owings Mills Blvd

Owings Mills, MD 21117

Main Purpose of Job

This position is primarily responsible for representing MPT to constituencies with proven record or potential for donating major gifts/contributions to the MPT Foundation. It identifies, cultivates and solicits individuals, foundations, and government agencies who may have an interest in supporting MPT's priorities and programs. This position is also involved in seeking planned/estate and deferred gifts.

Note: This position will supervise a Director of Major and Planned Giving, Director of Foundation Gifts, a Campaign Counsel, and  Major and Planned Giving Coordinator. Upon the selection of this position, the Managing Director will be responsible for recruiting and hiring a Major Gifts Officer.


  • Identify prospects through research, records, referrals, etc. as appropriate.
  • Oversee a team that maintains an effective recordkeeping system and an efficient follow-up procedure to assure all initial contacts receive appropriate attention. 
  • Carefully cultivate prospects through personal contact. 
  • Assist donors in developing plans for use of their gifts through gift agreements, letters of intent or similar means. 
  • Maintain an ongoing and active relationship with donors.
  • Work closely with development and senior staff, foundation board members and commissioners in developing a strategy and contacts for donors and prospects.
  • Initiate/oversee regular informational mailings to both donors and prime prospects among the various constituencies of the non-profit broadcaster. 
  • Stay abreast of the latest developments in the area of major gifts, estate planning and charitable donations.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, local and national conferences.
  • Maintain an understanding of tax laws and other aspects of philanthropy. 
  • Review all printed material that relates to major giving. 
  • The ability to motivate, foster, lead and direct a team. Develop and encourage cooperation and respect among team members. 
  • The ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with multiple departments at MPT.
  • The ability to effectively communicate information and ideas to others both verbally and in writing in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Serves as a liaison to the MPT Foundation Board.


Education: Bachelor's degree in Communications and/or Business or in a related field.

Experience: Qualified candidates must possess at least five years experience in major donor cultivation and/or running a comprehensive campaign and meeting financial goals for a major donor program.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application.


  • PBS experience
  • Experience with Non-Profit Organizations
  • Masters Degree in Non-Profit Administration
  • Demonstrated success with engaging regional philanthropic and business community leaders in fundraising activities
  • The ability to implement effective donor acquisition and recognition programs using philanthropy best practices
  • Proven experience working with fundraising board members to identify and acquire new major donors
  • Working knowledge and understanding of tax laws and other aspects of philanthropy


A cover letter is required with the submission of your application.


Applicants must provide sufficient information on the application to show they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning the qualifications, including any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certificate, etc.) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to submit your application online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via email to by the closing date and time.

Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.


Paper applications, required documents, and any addendums may be mailed or faxed (410-581-4382) by the closing date and time to:

Maryland Public Television - HR

11767 Owings Mills Blvd.

Owings Mills, MD  21117

The MD State Application Form can be found online. Please read the job announcement in its entirety before applying for this recruitment. Applicants must meet all minimum qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Maryland Public Television (MPT) is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of MPT that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.