Donor Relations and Stewardship Specialist

Fairfax, VA
$50-$55,000; commensurate with education and experience
Jun 11, 2022
Jul 07, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Donor Relations and Stewardship SpecialistThe George Mason University, Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations, invites qualified candidates to apply for a full-time Donor Relations and Stewardship Specialist 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.Advancement's mission is to build strong, lifelong relationships with George Mason University's alumni and constituents, while matching their philanthropic interests with the university's aspirations and priorities. The division is committed to serving the needs of the university, our alumni, and the greater community by providing access to quality education and lifelong learning. Respect, service, integrity, collaboration, diversity, transparency, and creativity are the values that guide our work and culture.This position also offers:Potential for flexible telework and hybrid telework schedulingCompetitive salaryOutstanding benefits including:Health & life insurance, multiple industry-leading retirement plans available including state VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan, accrued paid days off per year, paid holidays, paid winter break, paid sick leave, professional development, tuition reimbursement at GMU, and employee assistance programs.About the Position:The Donor Relations and Stewardship Specialist plays a critical role within the Office of Donor Relations and Advancement Communications, working to maintain and enhance the university's relationships with major donors through documentation, acknowledgment, recognition, and reporting. Working alongside the Advancement and Alumni Relations team, the Specialist will implement donor relations and stewardship activities, and programs that foster longstanding and successful relationships between George Mason University and its donors.The Specialist aids directors of development in all units and programs to facilitate giving and effective stewardship of gifts. As part of the Office of Donor Relations and Advancement Communications, the Specialist serves as a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders to provide information and assistance in regards to giving and philanthropy at Mason. The incumbent is also responsible for helping to convey the impact and importance of philanthropy at Mason to the broader university community. This position reports directly to the Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship.Responsibilities:Prepare, execute, and distribute gift agreements;Write gift agreements and negotiate agreement terms in collaboration with all directors of development, deans, university counsel, and representatives of the George Mason University Foundation, Inc.;Ensure gift agreements accurately reflect the intent of the university's donors while also complying with appropriate university and foundation policies, and state and federal laws;Track the gift agreement process and record all fully executed agreements and relevant donor information in CRM to facilitate appropriate stewardship of funds and donors;Review gift criteria for compliance with the university's Gift Acceptance Policy and ensure that any relevant gifts are forwarded for review by the Gift Acceptance Committee;Review and monitor Gift Agreement Writers and Advisors listserv on a regular basis to identify trends and opportunities;Document and update gift agreement policies and procedures as needed;Manage and supervise the use of Blackbaud Award Management platform;Biannual fund review and compliance;Serve as primary contact for donors and colleagues who inquire about endowment and gift usage details;Stay current on best practices related to annual endowment and current use fund reporting procedures;Lead annual endowment reporting program, including creating and finalizing the annual financial report, to ensure consistency and accuracy of all endowment donor information in the CRM;Document and update endowment reporting policies and procedures as needed;Work with the Advancement Communications team to research the impact of specific donations (e.g., endowed scholarships and non-endowed programs) and provide both narrative and financial information as needed for a variety of donor and campaign communications;Train colleagues in the use of Donor Relations Systems, practices, and procedures on a continuous basis;Assist in updating data and stewardship records in the CRM, as needed;Generate reports to answer donor inquiries, solve problems, research funds, and resolve gift accounting issues in a timely manner;Occasional nights or weekend work at Advancement events;Other duties as assigned.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;Highly organized;Capable of prioritizing daily, weekly, and monthly tasks and completing them with minimal direction;Demonstrated customer service skills;Experience using Microsoft Office applications;Exceptional research skills;Demonstrated advanced interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;Ability to articulate George Mason University's identity, mission, and priorities to internal and external audiences;Ability to utilize creativity and strategic thinking to execute work responsibilities;Proficient editing and writing skills;Ability to work with discretion in working with confidential donor information;Ability to contact donors by written correspondence, by phone, and in-person;Ability to work occasional nights or weekend work at Advancement events, as needed.Preferred Qualifications:Experience in constituent relations, three years preferred;Experience in higher education;Experience working with databases and/or CRMs.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"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.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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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