Assistant Director of Development

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 10, 2021
Jan 26, 2022
Full Time
Assistant Director of DevelopmentThe College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is seeking an Assistant Director of Development. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Assistant Director (AD) will be integral to effective prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship and raising of philanthropic funds to support the work of the college.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 Department:The mission of the College of Education and Human Development's Office of Development and Alumni Relations is to support the faculty, staff and students of the College by ensuring an active and engaged alumni base, by securing necessary philanthropic support, and by creating a robust awareness of our programs and opportunities with our external communities. The department is responsible for all aspects of College fundraising which includes the successful discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all donors. About the Position: The Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing annual giving, alumni relations, cultivation programming, stewardship, development communications, and specialized fundraising projects and events. The Assistant Director will serve as the primary persuasive writer for CEHD advancement and work to build relationships with friends, parents, students, and particularly alumni through events and other various forms of outreach. This position will also actively cultivate and solicit a small portfolio of annual fund donors. Responsibilities: Produce all annual giving communications such as direct mail, case statements, brochures, Mason Giving Day marketing and appeals, and other pieces as needed in order to build relationships, particularly with alumni;Identify and solicit gifts;Improve annual giving outcomes;Manage a personal portfolio of donors and effectively use moves management to bring them to solicitation;Strategically use e-communications and social media to enhance annual fund outcomes;Demonstrate keen decision making in researching and identifying new prospective donors;Demonstrate an ability to work independently as well as a sense of creativity in finding new prospects;Generate gift and prospect reports to assist in gift and pledge tracking as well as the production of suspect/prospect lists for discovery & cultivation;Use data analytics to enhance outcomes and create predictive modeling;Work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other Advancement staff, and members of the university community to cultivate and solicit donors;Manage all aspects of the e-communications program including monthly newsletter, social media, and the production of stories for the website and University press;Create, market, and oversee multiple alumni engagement opportunities;Collaborate with Office of Alumni Relations to leverage online communications, social media and marketing tools to highlight the College. Maintain accurate and timely records using appropriate software;Track personal prospect contacts; andEnsure all donor records are clear, complete and accurate. Required Qualifications:Fundraising experience in either a higher education or a complex non-profit setting;Strong persuasive writing, organizational and interpersonal skills;Experience planning and executing cultivation, stewardship and fundraising events;Experience in creating and producing fundraising reporting systems;Technology and social media savvy;Ability to prioritize tasks and make decisions; andThe ability to motivate others, work effectively as part of a team, with volunteers, and donors, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to adapt in a fast-paced, multi-faceted, and dynamic organization. Preferred Qualifications:Knowledge and experience in the donor engagement process (moves management);Experience engaging and managing the efforts of volunteer groups; andExperience using Advance, Salesforce, Orbis, Banner or IModules/Anthology software systems.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume/CV, 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.New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements."

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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