The 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 scheduling
Outstanding 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.
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.
Bachelor's degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
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.
Experience in constituent relations, three years preferred;
Experience in higher education;
Experience working with databases and/or CRMs.
Salary: $50-$55,000; commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
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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
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
We prepa...re Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.
George Mason: Patriotism Personified.
George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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We are an open and welcoming community. We partner with public and private organizations in our region and around the world. We proactively engage with our community. We define our success by how many talented students with potential we serve, not how many we leave out.
Social and Cultural Venues.
Our venues bring world-class performances to the community through vibrant concerts and events. Community members are invited to take part in many artistic and cultural offerings at Mason. Spaces are also available to rent for your next event.