George Mason University, a NCAA Division I member of the Atlantic 10 Conference is seeking a Director of Advancement for Athletics. This position reports to the Deputy Athletic Director for External Affairs and plans and manages all development-focused programs designed to increase philanthropic support for funding priorities that are aligned to Athletics' strategic objectives. 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.
Responsible for identifying, qualifying and soliciting a portfolio of 100-200 major gift prospects and donors with an emphasis on gifts of $25,000 and above.
Oversight of the Patriot Club and staff with a focus on continually growing membership, executing events, stewardship and raising funds for Mason Athletics.
Commitment to appropriate use of sensitive and confidential constituent data.
Excellent time management and follow-up skills.
Ability to work well under deadline and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to establish and achieve quantified objectives.
Ability to lead a collaborative team.
Self-starter with discipline in establishing and meeting personal and team goals.
Possess a high degree of emotional intelligence, diplomacy and self-awareness.
Creative, hardworking and committed to successful fundraising.
Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
Strategic thinking skills.
Collaborative and transparent with ability to make independent decisions when appropriate.
Advanced degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree.
Successful experience in planning, coordinating, and conducting major capital or comprehensive campaign efforts.
Demonstrated track record of success with identifying, qualifying, soliciting and stewarding major and principal gift donors.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated writing and editing skills in the preparation of proposals, and in the drafting of related correspondence.
Stellar relationship building skills and ability to build rapport with internal and external stakeholders around innovative ideas and programs.
Ability to work nights and weekends.
Ability to travel regionally, domestically.
Prior fundraising experience in intercollegiate athletics or higher education development for capital projects, athletic development and with comprehensive campaigns.
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.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA548z at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
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.