Director of Development

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jul 19, 2023
Oct 11, 2023
Full Time
Director of DevelopmentCEC Office of Advancement The George Mason University Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations, within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), seeks a proactive, organized, and experienced Director of Development. 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 environmentAbout the Position: The Director of Development for the College of Engineering and Computing will report to the Senior Director of Advancement, and is responsible for implementing strategies that will increase CEC's portfolio of corporate and individual donors. This position will develop and lead a comprehensive program engaging corporate prospects and donors and will actively establish long-term relationships and strengthen the existing relationship with the Mason community to result in funding for CEC priorities. As George Mason University embarks on a historic comprehensive campaign, CEC seeks a Director of Development to develop fundraising priorities and strategies to manage the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donor prospects with the potential to make major gifts to the priorities of CEC while seeking to build a culture of philanthropy with the university.Responsibilities:Maintain personal portfolio and support comprehensive fundraising program;Support successful execution of a comprehensive fundraising program that appropriately partners with and leverages resources from the central Advancement team to accomplish objectives;Develop strategies and implementation of major and principal gifts for corporate prospects for CEC, in concert with central Advancement Corporate & Foundations team;Design, implement, and manage a tiered approach for organizing and prioritizing outreach strategies and activities to target high-priority and high-value corporate and foundation partnerships;Identify emerging business leadership and industry trends with a special emphasis on developing high-value corporate alliances, with the ultimate goal to identify, cultivate, and solicit five-, six- and ultimately seven-plus-figure philanthropic commitments to support the mission and goals of the university;Assist the Sr. Director of Advancement to redesign the CEC Corporate Partner program for CEC and manage the program once established;Identify and initiate opportunities for faculty, administrators, and deans to interact with corporate and foundation prospects in order to match their interests with various university constituencies;Coordinate with department Capstone faculty on corporate support to Capstone projects;Carry and maintain a portfolio of prospects that are being moved through the donor engagement process culminating in, MAJOR or PRINCIPAL gifts (as defined by George Mason's Advancement team);Actively engage each prospect in their portfolio to ensure prospect movement and portfolio penetration annually;Meet or exceed all metrics and expectations set by Central Advancement;Travel as necessary for donor outreach and cultivation;Assist with planning and implementation of college efforts to raise individual, corporate, and foundation funds; andLead and supervise Major Gift staff in CEC Advancement team expected to be hired next year.Required Qualifications:Master's degree in a related field and demonstrated successful professional advancement and/or fundraising-related experience, preferably in higher education; or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill, and abilities have been achieved;Excellent research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills;A creative approach to involve and solicit major donor prospects and possess the ability to motivate;Demonstrated experience with personnel management;Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and experience with documenting appropriate information in a donor management database system;Possess a valid driver's license; ability to travel independently and work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends;Demonstrated professional advancement and/or fundraising-related experience with a record of successful major gift solicitations and experience designing and executing donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies; andExperience managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting continuous deadlines.Preferred Qualifications:Familiarity with CRM fundraising software;Demonstrate sound judgment necessary for interacting with donors, prospects, trustees, faculty and staff;Possess understanding and ability to articulate the accomplishments and goals of a complex organization; andSignificant experience in major gifts fundraising, preferably in higher education (generally seven or more years).Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here The College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and the School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts 10,000 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 302 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 93 are tenured, 75 are tenure-track, 82 are instructional faculty, and 52 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $70 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, community-based healthcare, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of 40,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to increase its capacity in engineering and computing. Some of the university's exciting plans are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a 360,000 square foot building-Fuse at Mason Square. Fuse will become the nexus of Mason's transdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship, and academic program efforts in digital innovation, and will unite the public and private sectors in a collaborative alliance to address the world's grand challenges.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA39GZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, a statement of what diversity and inclusion mean to you (to attach as 'Other Doc'), and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by August 7, 2023; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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