Assistant Director of Development Communications
Department: Alumnae/i Affairs & Development Office
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Position Type: Administrator
Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled
Posting Number: 1001703
About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke free, tobacco free campus.
Position Summary and ResponsibilitiesReporting to the Associate Vice President for Development Communications, this position provides operational, administrative and creative services support. A member of the Development Communications, Donor Relations and Web Services team, the Assistant Director provides support for writing, designing, and production as needed, including working on fundraising appeals, direct mail pieces, donor reports, acknowledgements, solicitations, web, imagery and video as required. The Assistant Director collaborates with College Communications to develop creative content and marketing concepts within strategic, thematic, and branding frameworks.
Build and foster collaborative relationships with other content developers and department managers to ensure seamless integration of content across channels within strategic, thematic, and branding frameworks.
Participate in strategic communication and branding development meetings.
Develop and coordinate detailed production schedules for all projects and campaigns. Monitors and tracks projects to ensure their accurate and timely completion. Responsible for maintaining the "master view" of all projects at any point in time.
Have a deep understanding of the culture at Vassar, the goals of the programs, details relating to production, and the status of the department's efforts.
Work with external print companies and internal and external designers tied to material production and distribution.
Prepare print specifications for print bids and quotes; seek cost-effective bids, secure estimates, and assign print vendors to projects.
Craft and proofread emails and other written communications.
Develop and produce outreach materials and collateral for use in solicitation, cultivation, outreach, and stewardship activities.
Organize and help execute comprehensive crowdfunding campaigns.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in communications or a related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of two years related experience. Strong computer skills are required including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel; proficiency and prior experience with Publisher, InDesign or Photoshop a plus. Comfortable and conversant with digital and social media, with an understanding of their use in philanthropic marketing, stewardship, and communications. Strong writing, oral, and organizational skills essential. Experience shooting and editing video also a plus. Experience in higher education preferred. Must be able to interact effectively with a diverse internal and external community. Comfortable in a collaborative environment, ability to work independently, and demonstrate an ability to manage deadlines and multiple, competing priorities.
Required Applicant Documents
Contact Information for 3 References
Optional Applicant Documents
Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for three (3) professional references (Word or PDF format required.) Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.
For full consideration applicants should apply by:
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Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):
All applicants must apply online at: https://employment.vassar.edu.
Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.