Associate Vice President of Development (Academic)
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 50739
Department: Advancement & Alumni Relations
Associate Vice President of Development (Academic)
The George Mason University, Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations invites qualified candidates to apply for the Associate Vice President of Development (Academic) 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 Office of Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations:
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.
About the Position:
The Associate Vice President of Development (Academic) supports the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations (VP) in identifying and implementing strategies for success in securing significant philanthropic support for George Mason University. The Associate Vice President (Assoc VP) oversees professional fundraising staff. Along with the Deans, this position co-manages the 10 schools/college development staff and directly manages the central University Priorities team.
The position reports directly to the Vice President for Advancement & Alumni Relations and is a member of a senior management team.
The Associate VP will work closely with the University President, Provost, VP, academic and administrative leadership in translating University Priorities into compelling proposals and fundraising initiatives that attract giving and alumni participation. This individual will provide service and leadership to the George Mason University community by developing and leading high performing teams, acting as a strategic partner in developing, managing and sustaining relationships with key partners, and will contribute to the implementation of a strategic vision for a highly effective philanthropy program at George Mason University.
Manages George Mason University's philanthropy program, including recruitment, supervision, mentoring, and fundraising activities. Provides leadership and staff oversight for fundraising professionals. Coordinates and facilitates with development colleagues, faculty, Deans, unit directors, volunteers, administration, and staff to identify and solicit support for university and academic-unit priorities;
In collaboration with the VP and Deans, the Associate VP will develop and implement plans, monitor & report progress towards goals, increase fundraising effectiveness, and strive to attain greater levels of philanthropy for George Mason University within a collaborative team environment;
Trains, coaches, and mentors team members in best fundraising and operational practices;
Fosters a culture of collaboration and communication between academic leaders and central fundraising services;
Builds, develops and manages a small individual portfolio of prospects/donors focusing on major and principal gifts;
Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards individuals for the purpose of securing gifts/grants for George Mason University's institutional priorities, academic programs, and initiatives;
Works collaboratively with administration, faculty, development officers, academic programs, research centers, and institutes to enhance relationships with the goal of securing and increasing philanthropic support;
Works closely with internal and external partners to promote and solicit funding from viable prospects;
Provides thoughtful, consistent, and appropriate stewardship including impact statements/reports and other measures of accountability.
Master's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience;
At least 10 years of development experience in higher education;
Proven track record and experience in leadership and management of Advancement professionals within a complex organization;
Seven years of managerial experience, typically in large, complex institutions;
Demonstrated understanding of and success in philanthropy, best practices, and in managing and mentoring front line development directors and fundraisers;
Proven track record of soliciting and closing gifts, including complex and blended gifts, from individuals, in the six and seven-figure range, preferably at a college or university;
Success working on teams to develop high-level gift agreements with funding opportunities across disciplines;
Broad practical and substantive expertise across multiple related disciplines;
Demonstrated leadership skills with an ability to inspire staff and volunteers to achieve and surpass goals and objectives;
Ability to develop a strong presence in the community through effective networking, planning, and execution of fundraising strategies;
Demonstrated ability to identify and implement fundraising solicitation strategies in support of initiatives;
Demonstrated ability to manage time and workload to achieve goals in a deadline-driven environment;
Proficiency in the utilization and application of data and analytics as a tool to inform donor strategy;
Excellent computer skills including database management and proven understanding and proficiency with CRMs;
High level of integrity, trustworthiness, and a record of working collaboratively across organizations to meet shared goals;
Experience with fundraising database and knowledge of prospecting tools and reports within fundraising systems or other prospective donor relations systems, e.g. Advance, Raiser's Edge, SalesForce, etc.;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software;
Advanced skills in project management and budget;
High degree of integrity, drive, and persuasiveness – a self-starter who leads by example and measures success by results;
Superior writing, oral communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills;
Excellent flexibility and adaptability with a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate large responsibilities and multiple priorities;
Ability to work within a team framework and manage team members and projects;
Able and willing to work non-routine hours in order to successfully achieve goals and objectives, and travel as necessary.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
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George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
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Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
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We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
• Widen your outlook of the world,
• Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
• Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
• Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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