Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
The Advancement Communications Specialist will be a strong writer and strategic storyteller with a creative mindset who is responsible for producing editorial and creative content that supports and advances the Dean’s key priorities and fundraising goals. The specialist will manage a wide variety of projects and research, write, and produce content to support the development goals of Arts & Sciences and enhance engagement with alumni and supporters. Through cultivating strong relationships with school leadership and colleagues in University Advancement and the A&S Advancement office, the specialist will manage and execute new communications projects and enhance the impact of existing communications channels.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Produce creative and editorial content related to A&S alumni and Advancement, including content for a new alumni magazine; manage communications projects that involve multiple stakeholders and varying types of content (editorial, creative, multimedia, digital, etc.); achieve and maintain consistent branding and editorial voice throughout Advancement communications projects.
Support donor/prospect communications, including writing and editing copy, gathering information and data, and contributing to strategy and templating for A&S Advancement mailings.
Support speechwriting and development of presentation materials for A&S leadership and for A&S Advancement events.
Manage A&S Advancement web and social media presence, including promotion of events through digital platforms.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Strong communications capabilities.
Minimum of three years of experience with strategic communications, donor communications, or related areas, preferably in higher education or other large, complex organizations.
Five years of experience as a writer and content creator, including creative/branding work.
Demonstrated creativity in writing and communications strategy.
Previous work experience in higher education.
Previous work experience with non-profit fundraising, with a basic understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies.
Knowledge of current best practices in donor communications and stewardship.
Understanding of Washington University’s reputation and strengths.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Arts & Sciences.
The hiring range for this position is $48,087 - $62,517 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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