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Director of Advancement, College of Education and Human Development

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA215z 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 Advancement
Alternate Department Description

College of Education and Human Development

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Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Director of Advancement, College of Education and Human Development
Working Title Director of Advancement, College of Education and Human Development
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA215z
Recruit Number Faculty - 7257
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
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Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Director of Advancement, CEHD

The George Mason University Advancement Office invites applicants for the position of Director of Advancement for the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). 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 College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is an innovative, inclusive, and cutting-edge college that successfully prepares professionals to promote learning and development across the life span while contributing meaningfully to research in human and organizational performance as well as in the learning and developmental sciences. The college, with nearly 130 full-time faculty members, more than 300 part-time faculty members, and nine academic divisions, offers 27 academic programs—at both the undergraduate and graduate levels—across its two schools, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism. In addition, faculty engage in an extensive portfolio of research and are fully engaged in the community. CEHD is ranked among the top 100 Colleges of Education in the world by the Shanghai ranking of world universities and is among the top tier in the rankings of the U.S. News and World Report.


The Director of Advancement will manage all campaign activity for CEHD by undertaking the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects with the potential of making major gifts to the priorities of CEHD.

Dual reporting relationship to the CEHD Dean 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;

  • Supervise professional staff in the college’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations;
  • Drives Advancement agenda with the college’s volunteer board and alumni affinity groups;
  • Oversees the college’s portfolio of donors and potential donors to maximize unit revenue from charitable giving;
  • As appropriate, the incumbent will be personally responsible for the direct solicitation of gifts and for preparing the Dean, members of CEHD advisory boards, faculty and staff, and other members of the college 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 Office within CEHD, including budgeting, program direction, supervision, and evaluation of assigned staff; 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
  • Must be able to travel.

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 FA215z 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: February 14, 2018
Posting Date 01/18/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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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. * What is your highest level of education?
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree or higher
  3. * Do you have any experience working in Higher Education?
    • No
    • 0-1 years experience
    • 2-3 years experience
    • 4+ years experience
  4. * How many years of experience do you have in major gifts fundraising?

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

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