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Assistant Director of Events and Community Engagement
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 54883
Department: College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)
Assistant Director of Events and Community Engagement
The George Mason University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Events and Community Engagement. 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 Position:
Together with development team in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Assistant Director of Events and Community Engagement will plan and implement alumni relations and fundraising events for the College, with the goal of donor cultivation, alumni engagement and stewardship. In addition to the large signature events, this person will plan strategic engagement and mentoring events, alumni outreach gatherings, scholarship events, and small intimate donor cultivation events. These responsibilities will require and showcase creativity, digital comfort, strong project management skills and the ability to collaborate with a dedicated team.
Responsible for managing and facilitating events for both on and off-campus, both in-person and virtually;
Ensure proper setup for events and other activities – setup includes but not limited to: furnishings (table, chairs, podiums, staging, pipe & drape skirting, etc.), advertising materials (banners, easels, signs, etc.), and aesthetics (cleanliness, blinds/shades adjusted, lighting adjusted, client access);
Secure space, and provide project management, logistic, and administrative services as needed for meetings, workshops, seminars, presentations, and conferences;
Work with Mason and external groups to fulfill event needs such as catering, transportation, facilities management, and more;
Coordinate, facilitate and lead virtual events, webinars and meetings using video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Teams. Understand how to organize breakout rooms, recordings, and facilitate Q&As for those meetings. Investigate other video conferencing platforms, as needed, for larger events;
Design print and electronic marketing materials such as brochures, flyers and postcards, email graphics, social media graphics, or logos in support of events;
Maintain a dashboard that clearly demonstrates project progress and deliverable timelines;
Work collaboratively with all necessary university staff, students, vendors, partners, etc.;
Additional tasks may include drafting/coordinating the distribution of marketing materials, and assisting with event outreach activities;
Update content on CHSS webpages and Anthology registration pages; and
Designing, developing, and executing special projects as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience;
Experience in events management, ideally in a higher education setting;
Experience in a variety of areas to include house management, facilities/contractor coordination, event planning and a strong administrative skill set;
Demonstrated analytical and project management skills, preferably related to fundraising goals;
Demonstrated, effective interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with donors, volunteers and faculty members;
Ability to analyze and solve problems with minimal supervision;
Ability to organize, facilitate and lead video conference meetings, webinars, and other events;
Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment;
Ability to identify and forecast operational needs and manage operations;
Ability to set goals, multi-task, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines;
Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and administrators across multiple disciplines and administrative offices; and
Ability to work well with co-workers and diverse faculty.
Knowledge of Mason event applications and operational needs in university academic buildings;
Knowledge of university policies and procedures;
Familiarity with University scheduling applications (25Live; calendar/scheduling) and events management;
Familiarity with Teams, Zoom, and other video conference platforms;
Advanced skills with Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Canva; and
Ability to manage an event/project from conception through execution to include all aspects of project and volunteer management.
Salary: 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.
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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.
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