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Director of Annual Giving

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For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA82Ez at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Position Information

Position Information

Department Law School and Law Library
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Office of Development & Alumni Relations

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Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Director of Annual Giving
Working Title Director of Annual Giving
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA82Ez
Recruit Number Faculty - 7135
Working Hours
Location Arlington
Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Director of Annual Giving

The George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School (Scalia Law) invites applications for a Director of Annual Giving. 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 Antonin Scalia Law School is the law school of Northern Virginia and is strategically located in Arlington, Va., just two miles from downtown Washington, D.C. Mason’s Scalia Law is a Top 50 law school, and the jewel in the university’s crown. A relatively young law school, Scalia Law is unique, accented by its steadfast commitment to a no-nonsense, interdisciplinary curriculum anchored by economic analysis.

All Scalia Law students receive an outstanding legal education (Learn) from a dedicated and distinguished faculty; all are taught to critically evaluate prevailing orthodoxy and pursue new ideas (Challenge); and ultimately, are well prepared to distinguish themselves (Lead) in their chosen fields. Scalia Law is home to an exceptional market-oriented faculty, which places us at the center of foundational debates about liberty, private property rights, constitutionally limited government, and the economic analysis of law.

Recent metrics regarding Mason’s Scalia Law:

  • #41 Best Law Schools (2017 U.S. News and World Report);
  • #1 Best Value in Metro DC (2016 National Jurist);
  • #21 Law Faculty in Scholarly Impact (Brian Leiter’s Law School Report, July 10, 2015);
  • #4 Part-Time Law Programs (2016 U.S. News and World Report);
  • 85% 2014 Graduates Employed Full Time or Pursuing Advanced Degrees (ABA Employment Summary);
  • #15 Faculty Scholarly Downloads (July 2015 SSRN Top U.S. Law Schools);
  • #1 Location for Young Attorneys (2016 National Jurist);
  • #1 Total Downloads per Faculty Member (Social Sciences Research Network, 2016); and
  • 84% Full time students in Clinical and Externships (Scalia Law Career Services).

The Scalia Law and Alumni Relations Unit—which reports to the Dean of Scalia Law—provides leadership, support, and coordination in generating significant private support for the Law School’s research, teaching and service mission through the management of fundraising campaigns, alumni and constituent engagement programs, and service to the Law School’s academic units for priority projects and approved campaigns.


Scalia Law seeks a highly motivated and experienced professional to lead the Annual Giving program and to develop a strong foundation for current and future success both during and beyond the current campaign. Under the general supervision of the Associate Dean of Advancement and Alumni Relations for the Law School, and working as a team with the campaign Director and the Law School’s Alumni Director of Alumni Relations, the Director of Annual Giving is responsible for planning and executing the alumni engagement and solicitation plans at Scalia Law School’s annual giving programming through strategic use of engagement tools such as e-mail, social media, web, Phonathon, and direct mail. Additionally, the Director of Annual Giving, working with the campaign team, will manage a portfolio of key leadership annual giving prospects for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship in conjunction with campaign operations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree, or bachelor’s degree and substantial experience (six or more years is preferred) at the director level;
  • Experience in managing progressively successful annual fundraising campaigns, running direct mail, telemarketing, online giving programs, and a proven record of personally closing leadership gifts;
  • Data analysis, technical competencies, and a facility for working with sophisticated reporting is critical;
  • Must be able to work independently, establish and balance priorities, and meet goals and objectives in an environment of high expectations and strong work ethic;
  • Must have knowledge of emerging trends in annual giving for higher education, specifically graduate programs such as law schools, as well as a highly developed understanding of successful fundraising practices;
  • Must have a proven success record with collaborating with Alumni Relations staff on programming (such as reunion giving, class gift campaigns, etc.);
  • Meticulous attention to detail and data accuracy;
  • Must be cognizant of applicable best practices and compliant with fundraising laws, policies and ethics;
  • Excellent written, oral, and analytical skills are mandatory;
  • Excellent computer skills, including database reporting, list segmentation ability, and use of Microsoft Office products;
  • Proficiency and comfort using Advance C/S, iModules, and Ellucian reporting tools (web programming and use of web tools would be a plus); and
  • Ability to travel is required, as is the commitment to working hours that may start earlier or end later than the usual 9-5 timeframe.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate-level degree and six or more years of direct experience working in a senior leadership role in an annual giving program in higher education; and
  • Experience with graduate school, such as law school, annual giving.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA82Ez at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: October 16, 2017
Posting Date 08/21/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents