George Mason’s Gunston Hall, a National Historic Landmark located on scenic Mason Neck in Fairfax County, Virginia, is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for an entrepreneurial and action oriented leader to build a sustainable program of philanthropic giving. We are seeking a passionate and innovative leader with the vision, energy, and ability to inspire, develop, and implement a vibrant and strategic program of institutional advancement. In addition to building a robust annual fund, and in consultation with the Commonwealth of Virginia and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, we have adopted a new 20-year master plan that calls for more than $60 million in capital projects.
The ideal candidate will possess a compelling vision for a dynamic program of philanthropy at a cultural organization, a passion for building and sustaining relationships, an enthusiastic commitment to cultivating and soliciting support, a dedicated commitment to exceptional service, a sincere desire to meet community needs, and a strong belief in the importance of ongoing personal and professional development.
Description of Duties:
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is a senior leadership position responsible for the design, planning, execution and evaluation of Gunston Hall’s development and membership programs. Primary areas of emphasis include donor stewardship, developing fundraising campaigns, soliciting and closing major gifts, building relationships with internal and external stakeholders, managing department staff, cultivating an active portfolio of 50-75 prospects and donors, growing the membership program, managing fundraising events, and collecting and managing confidential information.
In line with organizational objectives, values, and standards of excellence, we are seeking an individual possessing the following:
Demonstrated success designing and implementing solicitations, campaigns, and events resulting in major gifts and measurable financial results.
Demonstrated success cultivating and sustaining strong relationships with diverse constituencies.
Exceptional organizational and data management skills.
Demonstrated and successful leadership in diverse and vibrant settings.
A track record of developing and achieving goals, managing projects, implementing budgets and business plans, and meeting targeted deadlines.
A commitment to pursuing entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives.
Exemplary communication skills and a commitment to effective team-based communication.
Experience creating, supporting, and sustaining environments in which a unified team works for organizational excellence.
A positive attitude, energetic personality, motivational spirit, and creatively open mind.
Review of candidate materials will begin immediately with an application deadline of December 20, 2019. Please email your application to Scott Stroh, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application should include a resume, salary requirements and a letter of interest addressed to Scott Stroh.
Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.
Qualifications for this position include:
A Bachelor’s degree and minimum of five years progressive experience and demonstrated success in fundraising are required.
Experience within a cultural organization, museum, or historic site is preferred.
Experience with public / private partnerships is preferred.
Knowledge of George Mason, Gunston Hall, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and historic sites is desirable.
Knowledge of prospect research software and donor database management preferred.
Must be available to work weekends, holidays and/or evenings as needed.
Must be able to travel as needed.
About George Mason's Gunston Hall
The mission of Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason, is to stimulate the exploration and understanding of principles expressed by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a National Historic Landmark, Gunston Hall was built by George Mason from 1755-1759. Today, the site includes Gunston Hall; reconstructed outbuildings; a visitor center, museum, event facility, museum shop; and 550 acres of diverse landscape situated along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.gunstonhall.org.