Senior Associate Director, Advancement Communications and Marketing - University Advancement
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 2021254
Carnegie Mellon is enjoying its most productive fundraising years in its history, surpassing the initial fundraising goal for its $2 billion Make Possible campaign more than 18 months ahead of schedule.
University Advancement (UA) supports the entire CMU community in building relationships with key constituencies and securing the financial resources the university needs to continue its ascent. As the division grows, we are seeking a senior associate director, Advancement Communications and Marketing. This is an exciting opportunity if you thrive in an interesting and fast-paced work environment.
Reporting to the executive director, Advancement Communications and Marketing, you will be responsible for researching, writing, editing and managing a variety of integrated communications projects for the University Advancement division. Projects will include fundraising collateral, solicitations, video shoots, social media and texting campaigns, press releases, feature stories, digital marketing and direct mail pieces, and website content with the goal of cultivating and stewarding significant philanthropic support and engagement for Carnegie Mellon and its mission and objectives. You will supervise one full-time staff member, as well as freelance writers. You will also work closely with colleagues on other teams across the division, including Development, Gift Planning, Donor Relations, Business Engagement, and Alumni and Constituent Engagement, among others.
Your core responsibilities will include:
Managing editorial calendar and leading content development that tells alumni, donor and other stories that advance division and university goals for engagement and fundraising.
Working closely with University Advancement partners to anticipate communications needs and delivering appropriate collateral.
Liaising and developing relationships with other content creators in University Communications and Marketing and the CMU colleges and schools.
Leading select print and digital communications and marketing projects from inception to completion.
Writing, editing, copyediting and proofreading materials for a variety of channels.
Managing established and cultivating new freelance writers.
Supervising video and photo shoots, in conjunction with ACM multimedia producer and design team.
Providing communications best practices, style and grammar guidance to junior members of the Advancement Communications and Marketing team, freelance writers, and division partners.
Performing related duties as assigned.
Passion, excellence and flexibility are vital qualities within University Advancement. A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; collaboration; and cultural awareness are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact and work with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
You should demonstrate:
The ability to:
interact and collaborate effectively within the University Advancement division, as well as with other members of the campus community
distill complex academic or scientific concepts into compelling communications understood by non-academics
work well with others and contribute in a high-performing team environment
meet inflexible deadlines
manage difficult situations while maintaining composure
work well under pressure with frequent interruptions
pay close attention to detail
keep and maintain accurate and detailed reports and records
manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, while prioritizing work for self
understand and follow directions, and ask for clarification when needed
work with sensitive information, maintain confidentiality and use discretion.
Exceptional writing and editing skills
Strong analytical, research and problem-solving skills
You should be able to travel domestically and be willing to work outside of normal business hours as needed.
A bachelor's degree is required; preferably with a specialization in communications, marketing, journalism, or related field.
Five to eight years of communications, marketing or journalism experience.
Experience in higher education and/or large institution fundraising preferred.
Demonstrated understanding of best practices and metrics for communications.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and web content management systems preferred.
Successful background check
Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits, available to all full-time Carnegie Mellon University employees. Experience the full spectrum of advantages, from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to enticing retirement savings programs. Unlock your potential with tuition benefits, and take well-deserved breaks with generous paid time off and holidays. Rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance. For a comprehensive overview of the benefits awaiting you, explore: https://www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance.
At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role & responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique key skills and the diverse perspectives you bring. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it's about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.
Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?! Apply today!
Staff - Regular
Full Time/Part time
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Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.