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The George Mason University Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations invites qualified candidates to apply for a new full-time position, Director of Parent and Family Philanthropy. The University Advancement division is a comprehensive development and alumni relations enterprise with a staff complement of approximately 135 full-time employees. Functional units within Advancement include development/fundraising, alumni relations, stewardship and donor relations, advancement communications, special events, gift processing, research, prospect management, gift planning, corporate and foundation relations, information systems and management, and infrastructure services.
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.
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.
This position also offers:
Potential for flexible telework and hybrid telework scheduling;
Competitive salary; and
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:
Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development, Central & Units, the Director of Parent & Family Philanthropy leads the fundraising, engagement, and stewardship program that drives university-wide attainment from parents and families of current and graduated Mason students. This position implements the strategy for the overall program, while leading through example as a front-line major gift officer.
This position collaborates closely with frontline fundraisers to oversee parent and family philanthropic engagement. This position is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of 75-90 prospects for the university. This position requires one-on-one engagement with the portfolio. This entails collaborating closely with fellow school/unit fundraisers, deans, faculty and administrative staff of the university to accomplish fundraising goals, in addition to working closely with prospect research and development/alumni relations colleagues in identifying, cultivating, and tracking major / principal gift prospects. This position plays a critical role in developing meaningful connections with parents, families, and friends of the university while developing strategies to progress them through the pipeline to result in stronger engagement and philanthropic support (outright and planned gifts).
In addition, this position works closely with the Director of Development for University Life and the Parent and Family Council. In particular, utilizing the Council to help grow the Parent and Family Philanthropy Fund. This position creates, manages and implements a comprehensive stewardship/engagement program for members of the Parent and Family Council, in concert with senior leadership of University Life, to make them feel like valued members of the University community. This position's additional responsibilities include the preparation of briefings for university leadership, collaborating on the development strategy and management within several units in the portfolio, and participating in working group activities within the development that advance university fundraising. This role is essential for achieving ambitious goals for philanthropic support for faculty support, student support, academic programs, and capital priorities, and will handle sensitive and confidential information.
Working with the Office of Annual Giving, this position leads the university's efforts to increase annual individual giving from parents and families;
Manages an assigned portfolio of current and past parents rated at the leadership, major, and principal gift level. Identifies, qualifies, cultivates, solicits, closes, and stewards prospects for leadership, major, and principal-level gifts;
Meets or exceeds fundraising metrics as set by Central Advancement;
Assists with the Office of Annual Giving to meet yearly financial and participation goals for parent annual giving;
Directs all aspects of parent and family giving program, including formulating and implementing strategies for short- and long-term fundraising outcomes, devising performance metrics, and closely coordinating parent engagement with the Office of University Life, Office of Annual Giving, University Advancement leadership, senior university leadership, as well as frontline fundraising staff;
Ensures compliance with prospect management guidelines for data entry and metric tracking;
Works collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, unit development staff, alumni relations staff, and other University representatives to engage prospects $25,000+ level;
Collaborates with marketing/communication teams to develop relevant materials and external content for social media and website;
Utilizes emerging digital media opportunities in the overall solicitation plan;
Ensures that the University's brand and overall marketing and communications strategy is used consistently in parent and family giving materials;
Cultivates partnerships with other departments across campus; and
Manages a stewardship program for annual Parents and Family donors.
Master's degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience;
Demonstrated experience soliciting and closing six-figure philanthropic gifts;
A background in all forms of major gift fundraising, including knowledge of direct marketing strategy, creative development, production, and program metrics which consist of creating dashboards and reporting;
Demonstrated effective interpersonal and leadership skills, along with the ability to work with diverse internal and external constituencies;
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of new and emerging fundraising techniques and technologies;
Demonstrated written, communication, organizational, and analytical skills;
Skill with complex data and donor management software platforms; demonstrated extensive analytical skills, vision, flexibility, and the drive to exceed yearly goals;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative, team environment with a high degree of collegiality; honesty and transparency; ability to work collaboratively with multiple teams and volunteers;
Ability to organize and interpret data sets relating to goal setting, projections, and results;
Ability to think critically, strategically and creatively about the development and growth of the Parent & Family Philanthropy program;
Demonstrated presentation skills;
Ability to exercise good judgment, demonstrate an understanding of the ethical principles associated with working in development, and to use discretion in interactions with members of the George Mason University community;
Ability to travel, occasional work on evenings and/or weekends may be required; and
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Experience in Higher Education;
Experience managing high-level donor events; and
5-7 years of experience in managing parent and family giving programs integrating the full strategic complement of solicitation channels.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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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.
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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.
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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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