The George Mason University, Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations is hiring two (2) Engagement Officers. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Engagement Officers are responsible for soliciting annual gifts from, and identifying engagement opportunities for Mason's constituents, focused on alumni. 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 Office of Annual Giving generates annual financial support for academic programs, student scholarships, and special campus initiatives. Funds are raised through telephone, direct mail, online, and micro-campaigns. Annual Giving is responsible for alumni donor participation, which is a campus priority.
The Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations is responsible for all aspects of fundraising for George Mason University which includes the successful discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all donors. 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.
The Engagement Officers will design a strategic approach to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward our alumni, faculty/staff, and parents as partners, advocates, and investors. These positions will play a vital role in helping the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations achieve its engagement and fundraising goals. They will serve as liaisons to various Units throughout the University.
Manage a portfolio of alumni, faculty/staff, and parent constituents to encourage them to make an annual gift;
Stay connected, informed, and involved and assist in recruiting and expanding Mason's professional network;
Connect with individuals in and outside of the assigned portfolio based on University priorities through email, social media, mailings, phone calls, and face to face meetings/events;
Solicit annual gifts between $500-$2,500 (Mid-Annual Giving levels);
Communicate the strategic vision of George Mason and our commitment to developing innovative programs to advance and support our students and graduates;
Work with unit advancement colleagues to communicate regularly in regard to referrals and results and to discover additional engagement opportunities throughout the year;
Identify alumni and parent prospects for volunteer, advisory, and board roles;
Utilize technology that includes Affinaquest Salesforce, Advancement's internal database to run queries and exports to identify constituents for engagement, and maintain excellent information within the internal database to improve outreach and engagement;
Gather alumni information and success stories to support effective research and the recognition of alumni accomplishments and promote giving, including follow-up and sharing information on story leads with university, advancement, alumni relations, and academic unit communications teams. Identify alumni who are candidates for the Alumni in Action spotlight program and facilitate the interview for the story;
Actively enhance professional development by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, attending appropriate conferences, participating in webinars and professional organizations, building relationships with colleagues at George Mason and other institutions universities, fundraising meetings, etc.;
Assist with and promote University, Advancement, and Unit level events;
Maintain awareness of University fundraising priorities (University and school/unit), alumni programs/events, and volunteer opportunities across the university, Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations, and within assigned School/Units;
Utilize technology to run queries and reports to identify alumni for engagement, and maintain excellent information with the internal database to improve constituent outreach and engagement;
Share discovery information with schools, colleges, and units for use with strategic decision-making related to engagement and philanthropic outreach;
Conduct interviews with all candidates who express interest in the directors at large positions during the GMUAA board election cycle;
Work with Units and the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations to help fill volunteer opportunities and leadership roles; and
As appropriate, assist with major alumni events, including (but not limited to): Fall/Reunion Programs (fall), Homecoming (spring), Celebration of Distinction (spring), Goldrush (fall), Mason Day (spring), Graduation/Commencement (fall & spring), and Giving Day.
Bachelor's degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required;
Demonstrated experience with fundraising;
Demonstrated professional experience in sales, customer service, marketing, nonprofit organizations, recruitment, or preferably in Higher Education;
Experience building and measuring the success of programs;
Exceptional interpersonal skills;
Strong communication skills, including written and verbal;
Strong networking skills;
Strong relationship-management skills;
Strong commitment and experience with providing quality customer service;
Strong organizational and time management skills;
Ability to prioritize multiple assignments simultaneously;
Ability to work autonomously, and be self-motivated to see projects through to completion;
Proven ability to exercise sound and proper judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information, matters, and documentation;
Ability to be creative, engaging, adaptive, and resilient;
The ability to work effectively as part of a team, with volunteers, and donors;
Should possess strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to adapt in a fast-paced, multi-faceted, and dynamic organization;
Technology and social media savvy;
Experience working with volunteers, preferably those serving on a board;
Ability to work with a diverse range of individuals; and
Strong commitment to cooperative teamwork.
Some volunteer management experience;
Strong affinity for George Mason University; and
1-3 years experience with fundraising.
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.