Development Assistant, George Mason’s Gunston Hall
George Mason’s Gunston Hall is seeking an ambitious, energetic, and collaborative individual to serve as the organization’s part-time Development Assistant. Gunston Hall is implementing an exciting 20-year Campus Master Plan and building a growing Development Department to lead the fundraising initiatives necessary to fulfill its vision and fully implement the Plan.
Working under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Development Assistant is responsible for all administrative aspects of development activities and plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Development Department, participating in all fundraising activities, and coordinating strategic functions in support of Gunston Hall’s development and fundraising initiatives. In performing these duties, the Development Assistant is expected to demonstrate a commitment to organization, accuracy, detail, the ability to meet deadlines, the ability to work as part of a high functioning team, exemplary communication skills, and a passion for the mission of Gunston Hall.
Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
Gather and maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.
Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
Continually update and correct database records.
Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate foundations and individual donors.
Write donor profiles based on research.
Assist in revising and enriching membership program.
Coordinate production and mailing of annual appeal letters.
Assist with tasks related to foundation grant proposals and reports.
Assist with event planning, execution and follow-up including the maintenance of guest lists, gathering and preparation of registration materials, and other duties as assigned for fund-raising events.
Handle administrative details associated with the Board of Regents Development Committee meetings (i.e. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc.).
Support strong relationships with all donors, members, prospects, and stakeholders.
Administrative and other duties as assigned.
Support strong relationships with members of the Gunston Hall Board of Regents.
Support strong relationships with members of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) and the national office of The NSCDA.
Support strong relationships with the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Serve as a representative of the organization and articulate Gunston Hall’s mission and goals for a wide range of audiences.
We are seeking an individual with the following attributes:
Demonstrated success in diverse and vibrant settings.
Exceptional organizational and data management skills.
Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
Ability to organize and prioritize work
Ability to work independently with little supervision
Ability achieving goals, managing projects, and meeting targeted deadlines.
Experience creating comprehensive, usable, and data driven reports by targeted deadlines.
Experience creating, supporting, and sustaining environments in which a unified team works for organizational excellence.
Experience providing and supporting exemplary guest service.
Exemplary communication skills.
A positive attitude, energetic personality, motivational spirit, and creatively open mind.
A commitment to excellence.
Qualifications for this position include:
A Bachelor’s degree and progressive experience within a non-profit development office is required.
Experience with Donor Perfect or comparable fundraising software is required.
Experience within a cultural organization, museum, or historic site is preferred.
Experience with public-private partnerships is preferred.
A passion for George Mason, Gunston Hall, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, history, historic sites, and associated themes and topics is preferred.
Gunston Hall was the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and proponent of a national Bill of Rights. Its mission is to utilize fully the physical and scholarly resources of Gunston Hall to stimulate continuing public exploration of democratic ideals as first presented by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights. The organization operates as a public...-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.