Assistant or Associate Director of Donor Communications and Stewardship
Job Location Normal, Il 61790
Posting date 06-12-2018
The Assistant or Associate Director of Donor Communications and Stewardship is the primary person responsible for forming and implementing marketing and communications strategies that raise the visibility of Illinois State University, with a particular focus on donors. Incumbent will develop communications that demonstrate how philanthropy impacts the lives of beneficiaries at the University to inspire external support and strengthen relationships with donors and donor prospects. Associate Director serves as primary point-of-contact for donor and development communication for print, web, and video writing projects from inception through delivery. The Assistant/Associate Director assists Director with planning and implementation of targeted donor events to steward and engage donors.
1. Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, communications, or an equivalent combination of a bachelor's degree with training and expertise in strategic communications planning, management, and/or marketing and media.
2. Three (3) or more years of professional experience in development or business communications, media relations, or related field.
3. Two (2) or more years of professional experience in planning and executing business or development-related events.
4. Excellent communicator, researcher, and problem-solver with versatility and judgement to create compelling, clear and consistent messages for a variety of audiences and fluent writing for multiple mediums (print, electronic, video, etc.) for the purpose of engaging donors.
5. Demonstrated ability to prioritize manage and deliver multiple projects for multiple purposes on schedule with attention to consistency of overall messaging and design. Ability to plan effectively, work quickly and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously under tight deadlines.
6. Strong client relations skills, attention to detail, and deadline and detail-oriented individual, capable of seeing the big picture while also delivering on the details.
7. Critical thinker, self-starter, and collaborator with strong interviewing and information gathering skills, and story-teller with the ability to translate complex concepts and metrics into persuasive communications.
8. Knowledge of standard concepts, practices and procedures related to the position, including:
a. Expertise in use of English grammar, punctuation, and syntax
b. Ability to research, understand branding and positioning strategies for the University and for projects.
c. Ability to "ghost write" for various administrators, staff, and volunteers.
9. Web-savvy and familiar with current and emerging social media platforms.
10. Proven success in planning and executing events from conceptualization to implementation, including but not limited to setting a vision, coordinating staff and volunteers, developing event program, managing logistics (catering, space, transportation, etc.), creating and/or overseeing design of promotional materials, managing event as it occurs, conducting assessments after events.
11. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
Broad based knowledge of educational fundraising.
Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.