Assistant Director, Donor Communications - 502229

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University of Richmond
Location
Richmond, VA
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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Assistant Director, Donor Communications - 502229

SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, the Assistant Director, Donor Communications a key member of a highly collaborative team, working closely with partners not only within the Advancement Division, but across campus. Under the supervision of the director, the Assistant Director, Donor Communications will work on a variety of projects that will require collaboration across divisions and direct interfacing with unit-based leadership and high-profile constituents. This role will work to ensure a cohesive, branded visual identity and a consistent tone and message across donor facing communications, including digital and print collateral as well as written content.

The Assistant Director, Donor Communications contribute to, and collaborate on, a range of creative projects, using their writing skills and an eye for design to help create individualized funding proposals, impact reports, newsletters, web content, Presidential and Vice-Presidential acknowledgement letters, and other content and collateral for external audiences.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

VIP Custom Correspondence

  • Researches and drafts the President’s and Vice President of Advancement’s acknowledgement letters for significant gifts and commitments, as well as for special constituencies such as trustees, trustees’ emeriti and UR Alumni Association board.
  • Proofreads and provides editorial suggestions on presidential collateral produced by development officers and other colleagues as part of presidential stewardship.

School and Unit Communications Liaison

  • Collaborates with school and unit-based communicators to share information, streamline efforts to engage and thank our donors, and maintain our messaging, tone, and style.
  • Assists in the refinement, training, and documentation of acknowledgment policies and procedures across Advancement, working to draft and update templates and/or provide editorial suggestions for school and unit-based communicators.

Fundraising and Broad-Based Donor Correspondence

  • Assists in developing and producing printed and written donor facing content that conveys complex fundraising priorities clearly and persuasively, and that presents concise rationales for philanthropy.
  • Supports the institute’s fundraising efforts by researching, drafting, editing, and preparing various communication pieces for high level donors and donor prospects.
  • Works closely with internal partners to develop and produce content for individualized funding proposals, stewardship and impact reports, case statements, and other fundraising collateral.
  • Maintains a clear understanding of all advancement and fundraising goals, priorities, strategies and messages, as well as keeps up-to-date on campus developments impacted by donor funds.

Digital Content

  • Assists in developing and producing online content that conveys complex topics clearly and persuasively, and that demonstrates the impact of philanthropy at UR.
  • Interviews donors, faculty, staff, students, alumni and others to produce written stories of philanthropy and donor impact.
  • Serves as the primary developer of the quarterly donor e-newsletter, curating content through relationships across campus.
  • Maintains an updated website for donor engagement and donor resources.
  • Coordinates with the social media managers across campus to share messaging around key donor events through their various channels.

Brand and Messaging Adherence

  • Reviews print and digital donor facing collateral to ensure consistency with the University’s brand and style, as well as with the messaging and tone from Advancement.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Collaborative team player with a high degree of initiative. Superior writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and CRM database management; ability to handle multiple projects and be deadline oriented; high level of attention to detail and follow through in all aspect of work produced on behalf of the University President and Vice President for Advancement, and frontline fundraisers; high degree of initiative and problem solving skills; demonstrated writing skills; ability to work well under pressure and handle last minute projects and shifts in priorities; excellent interpersonal as well as verbal and written communication skills; a keen eye for design; ability to work independently and in team environment. A working knowledge of design programs like Canva or Adobe Creative Suite.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 3-5 years of development or communications experience preferred
  • Experience project managing with vendors

WORK HOURS:

  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
  • May require an occasional night and weekend throughout the year, primarily for event support

SALARY STRUCTURE:
Pay Grade 6 (Hiring Range $44,775.00 to $59,325.00 annually)

ABOUT UR:

At the University of Richmond, we’re creative, inclusive, and determined. We’re Spiders, and our mission is to create positive change in the UR community and beyond. Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond (www.richmond.edu) blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. There’s only one place like Richmond.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

Organization

Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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