Department: Schar School of Policy and Government
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
The George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government invites applications for a Director of Development and Alumni Relations. 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 Schar School is located on both the Fairfax and the Arlington campuses of the university, with its main office in Arlington, Va. The school serves undergraduate and graduate students, with approximately 13,000 alumni.
The Director of Development and Alumni Relations creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to: (1) fundraising, which may include major gifts, corporate donations and in-kind resources; and (2) alumni involvement and activities.
This position has two roles. The incumbent is first a fundraiser for the Schar School. In addition, this position will coordinate volunteer alumni activities, such as periodic dinners, annual gala and other events; and will provide development support and counsel to the academic and volunteer leadership. Responsibilities include:
- Plan fund development activities;
- Plan alumni activities;
- Organize fund development and alumni activities;
- Manage budgets for development events and activities as well as alumni events and activities; and
- Promote the school.
The successful candidate will be, or demonstrate the ability to become, a hands-on, innovative fundraiser who can identify sources of support; work with those sources to create and implement successful solicitation; and close major and principal gifts at the individual, corporate and foundation levels. The position carries its own portfolio of prospects in addition to work with major prospects, and will be responsible for signature school events designed to maximize strategic engagement for alumni and friends of the school. Travel and occasional weekend and evening hours are required.
- Master's degree;
- Significant progressively responsible experience (minimum of five years is strongly desired) working in a setting with multiple constituencies, with a successful track record of completing tasks on time;
- Goal-oriented and experienced in engaging academic and volunteer leadership;
- Skilled at collaborating with a variety of stakeholders;
- Interest in and general understanding of public policy and service-related organizations; interest in the general understanding of public policy matters, both domestically and internationally; and/or an interest in public policies involving public, private and nonprofit institutions;
- Must be an entrepreneurial and strategic fundraiser with a proven track record in securing major gifts with individuals, corporations and foundations; identifying and building constituencies for support, in setting and achieving individual and group goals; and in planning and executing campaigns;
- Knowledgeable about best practices in the advancement field;
- Must be an energetic and organized self-starter who is capable of working independently and in a team environment;
- Must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively for the enhancement of the donor and alumni experiences;
- While university experience is not a requirement, the candidate must have an appreciation for the academic experience and activities of a major research university; and
- Must embrace the mission and goals of the Schar School.
- Ph.D. preferred;
- Development experience within a university environment;
- Experience in raising funds through planned giving is desirable;
- Familiarity/experience in a public research university is helpful; and
- Attention to detail, interest in public policy issues, and a sense of humor are desired.
Salary will be commensurate with successful candidate's knowledge, skills and experience. Job applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately, with hiring to be completed as soon as possible. Apply quickly to assure that your application is reviewed.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA51Az 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.
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