Advancement Communications Specialist - University Advancement


Washington University in St. Louis

Job Description

Position Summary:
The Advancement Communications Specialist has significant responsibility for developing and managing marketing and digital communications for Washington University’s annual giving efforts. This includes two primary areas of responsibility: a) researching, writing, designing, and scheduling print and electronic solicitation materials; b) collaborating closely with Annual Giving Programs as a member of the team to plan and implement a strategic annual campaign of mail and electronic publications. These activities will result in advancing Washington University’s strategic plans to acquire and retain donors and raise tens of millions of dollars per year.

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
– Researches and writes materials for a high volume of solicitations and other efforts annually. Materials include solicitation letters, postcards, and broadcast emails to a variety of constituents. In collaboration with Annual Giving Programs staff, other fundraising staff, and vendors, ensure solicitation materials across University Advancement meet department and university quality standards in a timely manner.
– Creates, designs, and prepares electronic artwork for print and electronic reproduction.
– Manages schedules and approval processes for multiple projects to meet strict deadlines.
– Coordinates production with printers, mailing houses, and other suppliers.
– Collaborates with the Director of Advancement Communications to develop creative concepts for direct mail and electronic solicitations. Collaborates closely with Annual Giving Programs as a member of a team to plan and implement a strategic annual campaign of mail and electronic publications. Provides recommendations for new strategies to effectively market fundraising efforts.
– Performs other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Advancement Communications and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement Communications.

Preferred Qualifications:
– Three years of experience in publications or closely related field.
Exceptional creativity demonstrated by effective visual communications developed for higher education, not-for-profit, or similar audiences.
– Strong research and writing skills demonstrated in feature, brochure, marketing, and/or direct mail copy.
– Demonstrated ability to develop and implement production schedules for multiple projects, to manage competing priorities, and to meet demanding deadlines.
– Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and broadcast email system, such as MyEmma.
– Ability to work independently to coordinate projects from inception to completion with exceptional accuracy and attention to detail.
– Experience in overseeing print production.
– Strong organizational skills.
– Exceptional listening and verbal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of colleagues.
– Enthusiasm, integrity, and a strong commitment to the goals of higher education.
– Desire and perspective to collaborate as a member of a creative team.
– Deadline driven.

Required Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree or, preferably, a master’s degree in journalism, communications, or in the sciences.
– At least five years of professional experience as a publications editor, including familiarity with type specifications, printing, and production techniques.

Company Overview

Washington University’s collective success is greatly attributed to the passion and outstanding efforts of our community. Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence and dedicated to carrying out our missions of research, teaching and patient care.

WashU prides itself on being a place where people matter and serious work is done. Our people work together in an inclusive community that celebrates diverse perspectives, collaboration and innovation. We are a community of individuals inspired to work together to develop big ideas and tackle challenging problems.

We value the well-being of our people. Washington University strives to create a positive employee experience where faculty and staff thrive, both personally and professionally. Our faculty and staff find meaning, connection and vitality in their work and life with a healthy work-life balance and support to learn, grow and make an impact at WashU, the community and the world.

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