Director of Executive Communication, Impact Giving & Engagement - University Advancement
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: Clayton, Missouri
Internal Number: JR76902
The Senior Vice Chancellor for University Advancement oversees all aspects of Impact Giving & Engagement, which includes Principal Gifts, Campaign Initiatives & Engagement, Regional Advancement Programs, Planned Giving, Donor Relations, Corporate Relations, and Foundation Relations. The SVCâ™s purview extends to all communication, both for and with, the universityâ™s top volunteer leadership outside of St. Louis. This includes determining strategic content and developing creative messaging for the use of these volunteers to advance the universityâ™s greatest priorities across the country in a way that resonates with their specific audiences, promotes engagements, and inspires action to further fundraising efforts.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Advancement, Impact Giving & Engagement, this position is responsible for creating program remarks for special events, talking points and content for meetings, as well as any additional needs of the SVC such as creating and editing presentations for internal and external audiences, preparing comprehensive briefings on top-level donors for Washington University and University Advancement leadership, and correspondence with principal gift donors and prospects, among other constituencies. In addition to the Executive Director and Senior Vice Chancellor, this position will work closely with colleagues throughout Impact Giving & Engagement, as well as other Advancement departments, most notably Advancement Communications and Regional Special Events, to ensure that messaging is consistent and meets the highest level of excellence.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Develop creative and inspiring remarks for leadership volunteers, as well as other communications as needed, including presentations, letters, and emails. Remarks will, in large part, be written in conjunction with the planning of special events. This will require being up to date on university fundraising priorities, including Make Way and the forthcoming comprehensive campaign, and notable highlights and milestones which are furthering the universityâ™s mission.
Prepare and manage the communication needs of the Senior Vice Chancellor. This will include, but not be limited to dynamic presentations for internal and external audiences, thorough and accurate briefing materials for top-level donors, and correspondence with high-level donors and other constituencies. This will require the ability to research complex situations such as those involving gift commitments and designations, among others, and synthesize the information into clear, concise, and thoughtful communication via letter, email, or talking points for the SVC.
With the Executive Director of Advancement, serve as the point person for the content development process. This process must be highly efficient and adhere to strict deadlines, while, at the same time, allow for pivoting and flexibility. This will require extensive attention to detail and project management skills, as well as close collaboration with colleagues across Impact Giving & Engagement and University Advancement.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Five years of experience in written communication, preferably for advancement within the higher education or the nonprofit sector.
PowerPoint presentations, talking points, and other materials for various audiences.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure, juggle competing priorities, manage projects, organize time, and identify resources for projects.
Proven track record of effectively working and leading in a large, complex, dynamic and sophisticated organization.
Extensive knowledge of comprehensive fundraising campaigns, volunteer engagement, and fundraising.
Experience collaborating with internal partners on projects.
Intellectual curiosity and ability to think strategically, be creative, and effectively plan and implement high quality programs.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Clearly conveys information in a way that is accurate, engaging, reflects the audience, and helps others understand and retain the information.
Ability to translate a vision and to influence and inspire others to action, as well as a willingness to learn about all aspects of the work being done.
Well-developed project management skills.
Wide-ranging knowledge of academic units, current affairs in higher education, and research, as well as genuine interest in the ongoing affairs at the university.
Commitment to fostering collaboration and teamwork, as well as ability to gain cooperation among diverse groups in order to achieve desired outcomes.
Minimum of five years of related experience.
$73,700.00 - $125,900.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
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All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an 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.
Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
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WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.
Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!
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WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.
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