Assistant Director, Donor Communications - 502229
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.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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
Pay Grade 6 (Hiring Range $44,775.00 to $59,325.00 annually)
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.
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