Vanderbilt University Associate Director of Communications, Writer and Communications Strategist in Nashville, Tennessee

Associate Director of Communications, Writer and Communications Strategist (Job Number: 1900045)

Description

The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are require

The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University’s teaching and research programs.

In collaboration with Development and Alumni Relation’s (DAR) Director of Communications, Writer and Communications Strategist and other team members, departments and divisions, the Associate Director of Communications, Writer and Communications Strategist partners on communications efforts to enhance and support key university initiatives and DAR programs, with particular focus on Planned Giving and Major Gift Stewardship.

Key Functions andExpected Performance:

  • Worksclosely with colleagues in Development and Alumni Relations to maximizeeffectiveness of development communications and provides developmentofficers and others with the tools they need to most effectively meetVanderbilt University’s philanthropic goals.

  • Worksclosely with colleagues in Development and Alumni Relations to maximizeeffectiveness of development communications and provides developmentofficers and others with the tools they need to most effectively meetVanderbilt University’s philanthropic goals.

  • Coordinatesdevelopment communications projects needed to support members of theStewardship team (major giving) and other staff. This may includeconceptualizing, writing and editing fundraising proposals, leadingproject teams or creating such projects as talking points, casestatements, personalized letters, online content, magazine editorial andads, and other collateral materials. Advises on communications strategythat will support development programs’ strategic objectives.

  • Developcontent and materials (e.g., talking points, proposals, letters, speeches,web content) to support efforts across the department in areas such asplanned giving, alumni relations, annual giving, major giving and campaignplanning.

  • Plays a leadrole in the development of communications plans to support keyphilanthropic initiatives or announcements.

  • Works within-house graphic designers and web programmers or external vendors asneeded to produce and distribute development communications materials.

  • Worksstrategically and collaboratively with colleagues in the Division ofCommunications and school-based communicators as needed, and with otheradministrators, faculty and staff throughout the university.

  • Contributessuccessfully to the DAR Campaign Communications team in planning,implementing and evaluating a comprehensive communications program insupport of Development and Alumni Relations.

  • Providesassistance with special events or programs related to development asneeded.

  • Performsother duties as assigned.

SupervisoryRelationships :

This position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of Communications, Writer and Communications Strategist.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, is required.

  • Candidates should have a minimum ofthree years of communications experience, preferably in higher education, or arecord of demonstrated achievement in a field requiring the application ofsimilar skills.

  • Experience in a development oradvancement office is desirable. Preference will be given to candidateswith at least five years of relevant experience.

  • Strong project management skills with theability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to execute complex projectswithin established processes, including delegation of tasks, materialsorganization and managing deadlines.

  • Excellent writing, editing andproofreading skills with working knowledge of editorial style and preciseattention to detail.

  • Working knowledge of print and electroniccommunications production processes from project inception tocompletion/delivery.

  • Ability to work independently, assumingresponsibility, prioritizing and carrying out duties with minimalsupervision.

  • Excellent organizational skills, oral andwritten communications skills, and the ability to articulate the needs,interests, and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University to a wide range ofaudiences are required.

  • Candidates must also have the capacity toperform in an intellectually rigorous and complex environment, exhibitpersonal characteristics enabling effective interaction with importantconstituencies, and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement ofeducation and to the principles governing Development and AlumniRelations.

  • Valuesthe importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and iscommitted to equity, diversity, and inclusion

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at https://hr.vanderbilt.edu/benefits/2018-Benefits-Overview_Future-Employees.pdf .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 42217 - Communications

Job: External Affairs & Communications Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action