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Associate Vice President of Development, Schools and Colleges

George Mason University
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Aug 26, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Academic Centers, Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with George Mason University in the search for an Associate Vice President of Development, Schools and Colleges.

Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, the Associate Vice President of Development will support the Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations in identifying and implementing strategies for success in securing significant philanthropic support for George Mason University. The Associate Vice President will oversee professional fundraising staff, co-manage the school and college development staff in partnership with the Dean, and directly manage the central university priorities team.

The Associate Vice President will work closely with the President, Provost, Vice President, and academic and administrative leadership in translating university priorities into compelling proposals and fundraising initiatives that attract giving and alumni participation. The Associate Vice President 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 by contributing to the implementation of a strategic vision for a highly effective philanthropy program at George Mason University.

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest and most diverse public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 38,000 students from 130 countries and 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation, entrepreneurship, and commitment to provide academic opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Mason was ranked most diverse university in Virginia, and 35th most diverse in the country, by U.S. News & World Report.

Mason's ten colleges and schools cover all academic areas. Its professors bring their knowledge and connections to the classroom, challenging students to push the boundaries of research, skill, and application based on real-time knowledge of marketplace demand. Mason offers 132 degree programs at the master’s, doctoral, and professional levels, as well as more than 100 graduate-level certificates. Mason is also home to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC), the only program of its kind in the nation. Students are taught and mentored by Smithsonian scientists through a partnership with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI).

Achieving Mason’s commitment to the personal and intellectual growth of its students, teaching excellence, and innovative research is only possible through a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. Exchanging a broad range of ideas and sharing a multitude of experiences and perspectives sustains its commitment and builds a community in which everyone thrives. Mason's goal is to build and sustain an inclusive campus community and to foster a welcoming climate that values and respects all members of the community.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least ten years of development experience in higher education, including seven years of managerial experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of George Mason University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

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