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Director of Advancement, Volgenau School of Engineering

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA542z 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 October 23, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Information

Position Information

Department Advancement
Alternate Department Description

Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE)

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Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Director of Advancement, Volgenau School of Engineering
Working Title Director of Advancement, Volgenau School of Engineering
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA542z
Recruit Number Faculty - 7173
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
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Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Director of Advancement, Volgenau School of Engineering

The George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) invites applicants for the Director of Advancement 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.

The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is one of the country’s largest, most comprehensive schools of engineering. The school is adding new programs, attracting more top faculty and expanding vital research. Students can concentrate in six socially relevant themes of their choice, including bioengineering, robotics, sustainable infrastructure, healthcare technologies, global outreach and cyber security. Our close relationships with a number of corporate partners also gives students opportunities to apply their classroom learning to real-world situations to help make the world safer, cleaner and healthier.


The Director of Advancement is the lead fundraising officer for VSE and a member of the Dean’s leadership team. Primary responsibilities include working closely with the Dean, volunteer/advisory Boards, Department Chairs, and Senior Staff members to develop fundraising priorities and strategies; to manage and coordinate alumni and corporate relations; and to ensure these activities are an intrinsic part of the annual fundraising and advancement plan for VSE. The incumbent will manage all campaign activity for VSE by undertaking the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects with the potential of making major gifts to the priorities of the Volgenau School of Engineering. Duties include:

  • Dual reporting relationship to the Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering and the AVP for Advancement and Alumni Relations—collaborates with Dean and AVP to create and successfully execute a comprehensive fundraising program that appropriately leverages resources from the central team advancement objectives and oversee strategies and implementation, in concert with university campaign strategies;
  • Drives Advancement agenda with the school’s volunteer board and alumni affinity groups;
  • Oversees the school’s portfolio of donors and potential donors to maximize unit revenue from charitable giving;
  • As appropriate, will be personally responsible for the direct solicitation of gifts and for preparing the Dean, members of VSE advisory boards, department chairs, and other members of the School and/or University to make solicitations;
  • Planning and implementing school efforts to raise individual, corporate and foundation funds; 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 affairs of the advancement department within the Volgenau School of Engineering including budgeting, program direction, supervision and evaluation of assigned staff (including Associate Director for Advancement); and
  • Travels as necessary for donor outreach and cultivation.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree; or bachelor’s degree and equivalent work experience;
  • Must be entrepreneurial, goal-oriented, collegial and collaborative;
  • Demonstrated record of successful major gift solicitations and experience designing and executing donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting continuous deadlines;
  • Must have a creative approach to involve and solicit major donor prospects, and possess the ability to motivate;
  • Experience with personnel management;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and experience with documenting appropriate information in a donor management database system; and
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of six years of experience in major gifts fundraising, 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.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA542z 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 October 23, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: October 23, 2017
Posting Date 09/22/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What are your salary expectations for this position?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have experience working in a higher education environment?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How many years of experience do you have in major gifts fundraising?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have knowledge and experience in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Have you directly supervised personnel (including but not limited to: directing work, training, scheduling, annually evaluating, disciplining and terminating)?
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

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