Job Code: 4272 Grade: H, 100% Exempt Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description Job purpose: Can you tell a great story? Tailor messages for diverse audiences? Use the power of storytelling to connect with donors and inspire philanthropic support?
The ideal candidate for the Assistant Director, Engagement position is a writer and copyeditor with an understanding of philanthropy. In Stanford's Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER), this position reports to the Assistant Athletics Director, Engagement. As a member of this team, the Assistant Director, Engagement is responsible for writing and editing direct appeals, telling stories about the impact of giving, and creating marketing collateral for the university's donors, prospective donors, alumni, parents, and friends.
The Assistant Director, Engagement will serve as a core member of the team producing annual fund appeals, fundraising proposals, stewardship communications, and other marketing collateral for DAPER. Other projects will include writing donor impact stories, drafting letters on behalf of senior leaders, and creating a broad range of collateral such as white papers, case statements, website copy, and event collateral. The position may also assist in developing video and online projects. Experience with nonprofit fundraising content is strongly preferred.
Your responsibilities will include:
Work in regular collaboration with the athletics development staff and other partners within DAPER and the Office of Development to create targeted communication strategies.
Research, write, and edit content, including major gift proposals, direct appeals, and stewardship communications.
Understand and help analyze trends and best practices in the creation and distribution of fundraising and stewardship materials, making salient recommendations to internal partners to drive results.
Tailor written material for diverse audiences and a variety of channels. Edit content provided by other sources, and adapt and repurpose as needed.
Incorporate feedback and manage reviews by various internal and external clients.
Manage production of own stories, publications, and communications projects, and adhere to deadlines. Set and track project schedules and budgets.
Work closely with in-house design, online, and video teams. Maintain records on internal spreadsheets and databases.
Other duties may also be assigned.
To be successful in this position, you will bring:
Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
Outstanding copywriting skills and proofing for print and digital media, including both long- and short-form content.
An understanding of development communications, including direct marketing principles and practices.
Proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.
Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
Solid project management/production management experience, including working closely with clients and designers and overseeing complex projects. Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, coordinate the roles of various project contributors, set priorities and schedules, and meet deadlines with a minimum of supervision.
Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe InDesign.
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines with excellent time management skills.
Why Stanford is for you: Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.
How to apply: We invite you to apply for the position by clicking on the Apply for Job button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and a resume with your online application. The cover letter should briefly describe why you believe you are a good fit for this position. About DAPER: Each position in DAPER is responsible for playing its role in promoting the integrity of Stanford's intercollegiate athletics programs and for the reputation of Stanford University. The responsibilities of this position include insuring that all activities are conducted in a manner that furthers the University's reputation for integrity, and enhances positive relationships between the University and its faculty, staff, students and alumni. Additionally, each position must comply with NCAA and Pac-12 rules and regulations. Application materials: Please include three writing samples with your resume and cover letter. Further samples will be requested as needed.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job. Additional Information
Location: Office of Development, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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