Director of Development, College of Science
The George Mason University College of Science (COS) and the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations invite highly accomplished professionals to apply for the Director of Development position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The College of Science is committed to enhancing theoretical, experimental and computational sciences by promoting excellence in academic and research programs. The college's academic programs and pioneering research initiatives at locations throughout northern Virginia provide world-class scientific leadership in a wide variety of areas important to modern society. COS promotes diversity and recruits the brightest faculty, students and staff to create a vibrant and dynamic environment of learning and inquiry. The college enhances the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the university by responding to the needs of the community and creating spires of excellence.
Reporting to the Dean of the COS and the Associate Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations, the COS Director of Development manages the college's efforts involving annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, and major gifts. In collaboration with the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations, the primary responsibilities for this position include working closely with the COS Dean, Advisory Board and senior staff members to develop fundraising priorities and strategies, and ensuring these activities are an intrinsic part of the annual fundraising development plan for the college. This major-gift position will work closely with major corporations as well as with individuals and foundations on gifts of $25,000 and above. More specifically, this position will:
- Establish long- and short-term objectives and goals for fundraising in concert with university campaign strategies;
- Collaborate with the COS Dean to create advancement objectives and oversee the implementation of strategies;
- Drive the development agenda for the college with multiple volunteer boards and alumni affinity groups;
- Oversee the college's portfolio of donors and potential donors to maximize unit revenue, including research and prioritization of activities;
- Oversee the COS Annual Fund, major gifts and principle gifts pipelines;
- Lead and manages the business functions of the college's development function, including budgeting and program direction;
- Supervise the COS Assistant Director of Development who, in turn, supports the COS development function and serves as liaison to the college's alumni chapter; and
- The finalist selected for this position will be required to travel as necessary for donor-related activities.
- A master's degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of training and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved; and demonstrated successful development and/or fundraising-related experience, preferably in higher education;
- Valid driver’s license or means of travelling independently;
- A demonstrated record of successful major gift solicitations and experience designing and executing donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies;
- Familiarity with fundraising campaign strategies;
- Excellent research, writing and interpersonal communication skills;
- Evidence of understanding and the ability to articulate the accomplishments and goals of a complex organization, along with sound judgment skills necessary for interacting with donor prospects, trustees, faculty and staff;
- Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, excellent oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively participate in public speaking events;
- The ability to formulate a creative approach to motivate, involve and solicit major donor prospects;
- Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting continuous deadlines;
- Demonstrative experience utilizing an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising; and
- Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite and experience using a donor database.
- An interest in, and familiarity with, the role of science in contemporary society is strongly preferred; and
- Foundation and corporate fundraising experience a plus.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA060z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.