Senior Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Programs

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 07, 2019
Nov 12, 2019
Full Time
Senior Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Programs, Volgenau School of Engineering

The George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) office of advancement and alumni relations invites applicants for the Senior Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Programs 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.

About the Department: The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in technology and education. The school boasts approximately 8,000 students in 37 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. As part of a nationally ranked R1 research university, its sponsored research awards over the last 12 months are approximately $73 million. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its focus on emerging areas including big data, cybersecurity, healthcare technology, robotics and autonomous systems, signals and communications, and sustainable infrastructure.

About George Mason University: George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 37,000 students studying in more than 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It is classified as an R1 research institution by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. In 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked Mason as one of the nation's top institutions for diversity, innovative learning, and a campus atmosphere that allows its students to thrive.

Mason is located in Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of Washington, D.C., 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.

Responsibilities: The Senior Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Programs at the VSE is a key Advancement professional and member of the Advancement team responsible for creating and promoting student programs that strengthen a student's connection to and support of the VSE; creating and promoting regional, and affinity focused alumni programs that identify, strengthen and support their connection to the VSE; communicating with alumni and students about the importance of philanthropy; leveraging existing student and alumni programs and events; connecting with engineering societies, clubs, chambers, rotary's, and technical groups; and conducting solicitations.

Duties Include: * Create, execute and evaluate a comprehensive, multi-year alumni and current student advancement campaigns; * Meet with alumni and develop/implement individual strategies and conduct solicitations; * Develop a multi-channel communications plan for alumni and students; * Input data and information into University-wide advancement databases/programs; * Work with VSE and University faculty, staff, administration and VSE advisory boards, developing initiatives to garner greater engagement with alumni and current students that will culminate in increased revenue for VSE and GMU; * Manage existing alumni and student events, and develop new ones that support VSE and University advancement goals; * Create, manage, reconcile and evaluate budgets for student and alumni programs; and * Pitch in and contribute to the positive/supportive culture of the VSE advancement office.

Required Qualifications: * Master's degree; * Demonstrated record of successful gift solicitations; * Experience designing and executing donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies; * Demonstrated record of program development and leadership; * Excellent oral and written communication skills; * Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting continuous deadlines; * Professional demeanor and good presentation skills; * Experience with budget management; * Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; * Experience with databases/programs; and * A valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications: * Minimum of five years' of experience in fundraising including program development and leadership, preferably in higher education; and * Possess an understanding of, and the ability to, articulate the accomplishments and goals of a complex organization; and demonstrate sound judgment necessary for interacting with donors, prospects, trustees, faculty, and staff.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA36GZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Review of applications will begin after August 30, 2019, and 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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