Job Listing: Development Associate - Gunston Hall

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Gunston Hall - Mason Neck, Virginia

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – Development Associate

Salary - $40,000 - $52,000; eligible for benefits, paid vacation and sick days

Job Type - Full time Exempt

Apply: To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Scott Stroh, Executive Director, at, by June 16, 2023.

George Mason’s Gunston Hall is seeking an aspirational, energetic, and collaborative individual to serve as the organization’s full-time Development Associate. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Associate is responsible for all organizational 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 Associate 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.

Additionally, Gunston Hall is currently implementing a comprehensive fundraising campaign. Guided by the theme of Forever Revolutionary!, this campaign will directly support the realization of key elements of our Campus Master Plan, enhance our ability to fulfill our mission, and advance our goals of being The Home of American Rights and a center for learning and engagement. The Development Associate, while working closely with the Campaign Leadership Committee and professional fundraising counsel, will be an active leader and participant in this Campaign.

To be successful in this position, the Development Associate must value authenticity, inclusiveness, stewardship, and civic engagement. The Development Associate should bring a positive attitude to their work and promote good will and wellness within the organization. Finally, the Development Associate should be an enthusiastic and willing learner, one who is committed to their own development and growth, and one who is passionate about facilitating the success of their colleagues.

Compensation will be based on qualifications. Performance will be evaluated based on the achievement of team and individual goals specific to the requirements of the position.

Additional benefits of employment at Gunston Hall include:

· Opportunities to experience 554 acres along the Potomac River.

· An organizational commitment to wellness and personal fulfillment.

· Access to comprehensive professional development programs.

· The ability to create flexible work experiences.

· The opportunity to collaborate with a creative team of individuals committed to the organization, our mission, and to each other’s success.

Primary Responsibilities:

· Support and participate in the organization’s comprehensive fundraising campaign.

· Support and participate in annual giving solicitations and associated activities.

· Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.

· Gather and maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.

· Create regular fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.

· Continually update and correct database records.

· Conduct research on prospective corporate, foundation, individual, and other potential donors.

· Schedule and support donor meetings and engagement.

· Write donor profiles based on research.

· Manage the membership program.

· Coordinate production and mailing of annual appeal letters.

· Coordinate production of an Annual Report

· Coordinate production of donor recognition signage and associated materials.

· Assist with tasks related to 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.

Other Responsibilities:

· 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 to achieve goals, manage projects, and meet 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 diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

· A commitment to excellence.

Qualifications for this position include:

· A Bachelor’s degree and progressive experience within a non-profit development office is preferred.

· Experience with Donor Perfect or comparable fundraising software is preferred.

· Experience within a cultural organization, museum, or historic site is preferred.

· Experience with public-private partnerships is preferred.

· A passion for the mission of Gunston Hall is preferred.

About George Mason’s Gunston Hall:

The mission of Gunston Hall 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, and museum shop; and 554 acres of diverse landscape situated along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. For more information, please visit

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Scott Stroh, Executive Director, at, by June 16, 2023.

Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and a wide range of experiences to the workplace are encouraged to apply.