Senior Director of Advancement, College of Engineering and Computing

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Dec 11, 2021
May 18, 2022
Full Time
Senior Director of Advancement, College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) The George Mason University College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) invites applications for the position of Senior Director of Advancement. 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 newly approved College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and a new 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 more than 9,100 students, over 271 faculty, and 35 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $75 million in sponsored research awards since November 2020 and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. The College stands out for its leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G/Next G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials, and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College encourages multidisciplinary research and provides ample opportunity for faculty to work with other disciplines. The Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations is responsible for all aspects of fundraising for George Mason University which includes the successful discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all donors. Advancement's mission is to build strong, lifelong relationships with George Mason University's alumni and constituents, while matching their philanthropic interests with the university's aspirations and priorities. The division is committed to serving the needs of the university, our alumni, and the greater community by providing access to quality education and lifelong learning. Respect, service, integrity, collaboration, diversity, transparency, and creativity are the values that guide our work and culture. Responsibilities:The Senior Director of Advancement, College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) serves as the chief fundraising officer for the College and is responsible for all activities related to identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual, major, and planned gifts from alumni, friends, and institutions. The position collaborates closely with the central University Advancement team, which provides resources and strategic counsel, and uniform metrics to help drive results within the schools and across the University. The Senior Director provides counsel to the Dean of the College and faculty on advancement matters, sets the philanthropic strategy annually, and helps to organize and set the College's philanthropic priorities in order to maximize external support. The position reports dually to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing and the Associate Vice President of Development, Schools, and Colleges. Duties include:Develops fundraising strategies ensuring these activities are an intrinsic part of the annual and long-term strategic planning and goal-setting for the college; Manages the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects with the potential to make major and principal gifts to the priorities of the College;Develops and implements advancement and alumni engagement plans for the newly established College;Collaborates with Dean and Associate Vice President to create and successfully execute a comprehensive and sustainable fundraising and alumni engagement program appropriately leveraging resources;Creates a culture of philanthropy within the college and drives an advancement agenda with CEC's faculty, staff, volunteers, and alumni;Builds and develops a team focused on philanthropy and alumni engagement specific to the engineering and computing communities;Oversees the College's portfolio of donors and potential donors to maximize unit revenue from charitable giving; Solicits gifts and prepares the college's dean, schools' divisional deans, advisory board members, department chairs, center directors, and other members of the college and/or university to engage in donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship in partnership with development team members;Plans and implements college efforts to raise funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations; coordinating the efforts of those who can assist in fundraising, tracking contacts and funds raised, drafting proposals, and pledge agreements for potential donors, and proposing and coordinating appropriate cultivation and stewardship activities;Leads and manages the business operations of the advancement department within the College to include the Volgenau School of Engineering and School of Computing, including budgeting, program direction, and hiring, supervision, mentoring, and evaluation of assigned staff (estimating initial team of 5 with substantial growth opportunities);Travels as necessary for donor outreach, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; andServes on the College's executive leadership team and participates fully in its strategic budgeting and planning processes as well as routine problem solving and management processes. Required Qualifications:Possess a Master's degree, or bachelor's degree and equivalent work experience;A demonstrated commitment to the mission of George Mason University and the College of Engineering and Computing;Significant experience in major/principal gifts fundraising, typically seven (7) to ten (10) years, including, typically at least two (2) years, of management experience, preferably in higher education;Strong leadership and management skills, both strategic and tactical, and a demonstrated ability to build and mentor an effective team, while effectively engaging and staffing volunteers;Broad exposure to all facets of development, including data management and analysis, annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, and capital campaign planning and implementation;Experience designing and executing donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies;Possess a demonstrated record of closing major/principal gift solicitations;A creative approach to involve and solicit major/principal donor prospects and possesses the ability to motivate donors and educate faculty in advancement best practices;Experience with departmental infrastructure, systematic, database-driven analytics, donor targeting, solicitation, and recognition;Possess superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, George Mason University, College of Engineering and Computing's mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion;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 alumni, donor prospects, trustees, faculty, and staff;Must be detail-oriented, entrepreneurial, goal-oriented, collegial, and collaborative;Confidence to reach out and speak to potential donors in person or by telephone;Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting continuous deadlines;Demonstrated ability to perform duties with a high level of professionalism, enthusiasm, flexibility, discretion, judgment, diplomacy, and tact;Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and experience with documenting appropriate information in a donor management database system; andWilling and able to travel; must have a valid driver's license; ability to travel independently and ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. Preferred Qualifications:Strong understanding of the engineering and computing environment and donor community is preferred. For a more-detailed description of the opportunity, please visit:

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, diversity statement, and a list of three professional references with contact information.Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All requests for information, written nominations, confidential inquiries, and all application materials should be directed in confidence, to: Susan VanGilder, Managing DirectorKenna Boyd, Managing AssociateStorbeck

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