Assistant Dean of Development

Posted on 02/07/2023

George Mason University

Arlington, VA

The George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School invites applications for the Assistant Dean of Development 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.

About the Law School:

George Mason University 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. A top tier and still relatively young law school, Scalia Law is a unique phenomenon, accented by a steadfast commitment to a no-nonsense, interdisciplinary curriculum anchored by economic analysis. Scalia Law is home to an exceptional market-oriented faculty, which places the law at the center of foundational debates about liberty, private property rights, constitutionally limited government, and the economic analysis of law. The law school is home to seven interdisciplinary centers. The law school’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. enables students to complete an array of exceptional field work and many of the over 7,000 alumni remain in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

The Assistant Dean of Development and staff provide stewardship and cultivation of alumni, donors, and external constituents.


The Assistant Dean of Development for the Antonin Scalia Law School serves as the chief fundraising officer for the School and is responsible for all activities related to identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual, major and planned gifts from alumni, friends, and institutions. The position collaborates closely with the central University Advancement team, which provides resources and strategic counsel, and uniform metrics to help drive results within the schools and across the University. The Assistant Dean provides counsel to the Dean of the School and faculty on advancement matters, sets the philanthropic strategy annually, and helps to organize and set the School’s philanthropic priorities in order to maximize external support.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in related field, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience;
  • Significant experience in major/principal gifts fundraising, preferably in higher education;
  • Demonstrated, effective understanding of the legal and public policy environment and community, as well as the law school donor community;
  • Creative approach to involve and solicit major donor prospects, and possesses the ability to motivate donors and educate faculty in advancement best practices;
  • Proficient leadership and management skills, both strategic and tactical, and a demonstrated ability to build and mentor an effective team, while effectively engaging and staffing volunteers;
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships and effectively navigate across a highly engaged constituent base including alumni, donor prospects, trustees, faculty and staff;
  • Willingness and ability to travel; and
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.


Commensurate with education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA19Hz at; 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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