Communications and Development Officer for the University Libraries Bookmark and Share

George Mason University,
Fairfax, Virginia

Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Posted: 08/01/14
Deadline: 09/12/14

Communications and Development Officer for the University Libraries

The George Mason University Libraries seek a creative, dedicated and collaborative individual for the position of Communications and Development Officer whose primary responsibility is to contribute to the Libraries’ advancement program through development of funding proposals to individual donors, foundations/corporations, and grant proposals to governmental agencies. In addition, this position will also execute a strategic communications program in support of the University Libraries’ advancement program and strategic plan in consultation with the Libraries’ senior administrative leadership team, and library faculty and staff. This program will include internal and external communications and marketing initiatives that build affinity and support among students, faculty, alumni and friends. The position reports to the Director of Development, University Libraries.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills including matching writing style to audience and purpose;
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating print and online communications;
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills;
  • Three to five years of communications/marketing experience;
  • Ability to work independently and at the direction of others, solve problems with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines;
  • Organizational skills including close attention to detail, managing multiple/complex projects, delegating and assigning tasks, and ensuring deadlines are met; and
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of university/academic culture; knowledge of academic research libraries and their role in the mission and life of a university; and
  • A background in communications, journalism, or a related field.

Appointment/Benefits/Application Information:
12-month professional faculty appointment without rank. Salary: competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits information and application instructions are available at All applications for this position (FA42Bz) MUST be submitted online at Review of applications will begin on September 12, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.