12463: Director of Development Communications

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Director of Development Communications - Archive
Strategic Communications

Posting: 12463
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-03-14

Title:  Director of Development Communications
Department:  Strategic Communications
Reports To:  Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communications
Term:  1.0 FTE for 12 months (renewable annually)
Salary Range:  $75,000 – 87,000
Review Date:  Search will remain open until filled.  Search committee will begin reviewing applications Dec. 4, 2012
Start Date:  As soon as possible

General Responsibilities:

The University of Oregon seeks applications for the Director of Development Communications.  Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communications, the director has primary responsibility for the planning and implementation of strategic communications and marketing programs to promote philanthropic giving to the University of Oregon.  The director is responsible for the direction and administration of the Development Communications program, including overall management of budget, resources, and personnel.  This position will provide strategic vision in the development and production of customized donor proposals, newsletters, stewardship reports, and materials for donors.  In addition, the director will lead the creation and management of digital multimedia communications, communications training for development staff, and communications to the campus community using a variety of marketing strategies and channels. 

Working in coordination with the Vice President for University Development, development staff and university administrators, this position is the lead communication, marketing, and campaign communication strategist for University Development.  Day-to-day direction regarding development’s strategic communications priorities will be provided by the Senior Director of Development Operations for University Development.  The director carries a substantial writing and communications portfolio, provides strategic counsel, and helps prioritize projects and allocate resources.  The director is responsible for ensuring coordination between the Development Communications program and overall university communications efforts. 

Qualifications:  Required qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, marketing, communications, or English; and a minimum of seven years' experience in communications, marketing or publications (preferably in development communications).  Other qualifications include: a demonstrated ability to define marketing and strategic communications goals and objectives, identify target audiences and develop and implement strategic communications plans to accomplish goals; strong journalistic or public relations writing and editing experience; and substantial experience in directing websites and other electronic communications media for marketing and communications purposes.  In addition, the successful candidate will have demonstrated supervisory and budgetary experience; demonstrated leadership experience, particularly with cross-departmental teams; and a commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.  The ability to travel and work evenings/weekends is also required. 

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with gift proposal or other fundraising writing; experience in a public higher education setting; have experience producing marketing plans and materials for philanthropic and fundraising purposes, especially major capital campaigns; demonstrated experience leading or being a key member of communications teams responsible for supporting at least one multi-year comprehensive capital campaign, preferably at a public institution; and experience using marketing research to manage communications priorities.  Prior to hire, the finalist in this position is subject to a criminal background check.

The salary is commensurate with experience and will range from $75,000 to $87,000.  The university offers an excellent package of employee benefits.  We are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity.  For questions regarding this position contact University Development at 541-346-3016.

The search will remain open until filled.  The search committee will begin reviewing applications Dec. 4, 2012.  To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses of three professional references.  Additionally, applicants need to provide a minimum of three work samples, with descriptions of the specific role you had in the development and creation of the materials and written answers to the supplemental questions listed below. 

To ensure consideration, applications should be received by Dec. 3, 2012.  Application materials should be sent to:

Search Committee, Dir, Dev. Communications
University Development
University of Oregon
1720 E. 13th Avenue, Suite 312
Eugene, OR  97403

Or by email to:  uodevelopment@uoregon.edu


To assist us in making the selection for the Director of Development Communications position, please respond to the following questions on a separate sheet(s) of paper.  Number your responses to correspond to the questions.

1.     Describe your experience planning, implementing, measuring and evaluating strategic communications and marketing programs; in particular, programs designed to promote philanthropic giving.

2.     Describe your experience as a writer and editor.

3.     Describe your experience managing a team of creative professionals.

4.     Describe your experience promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.

The University of Oregon is an AA/EO institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We invite applications from candidates who share our commitment to diversity.