Description The Office of Development and Alumni Relations Communications (DARC) develops and disseminates strategic messages to promote philanthropy and alumni engagement at Vanderbilt University. Aligned with Vanderbilt's mission and vision, DARC is responsible for university-level advancement communications planning, program management and project execution. Staff members provide strategic counsel within DAR and across the university. In collaboration with DAR's Director of Communications, Writer and Communications Strategist and other team members, departments and divisions, the Associate Director of Communications, Writer and Communications Strategist partners on communications efforts to enhance and support key university initiatives and DAR programs, with particular focus on Planned Giving and Major Gift Stewardship. Duties and Responsibilities Works closely with colleagues in Development and Alumni Relations to maximize effectiveness of development communications and provides development officers and others with the tools they need to most effectively meet Vanderbilt University's philanthropic goals. Coordinates development communications projects needed to support efforts of Planned Giving development officers, members of the Stewardship team (major giving) and other staff. This may include conceptualizing, writing and editing fundraising proposals, leading project teams or creating such projects as talking points, case statements, personalized letters, online content, magazine editorial and ads, and other collateral materials. Advises on communications strategy that will support development programs' strategic objectives. Develop content and materials (e.g. talking points, proposals, letters, speeches, web content) to support efforts across the department in areas such as alumni relations, annual giving, major giving and campaign planning Partners on the development of communications plans to support key philanthropic initiatives or announcements. Works with in-house graphic designers and web programmers or external vendors as needed to produce and distribute development communications materials. Works strategically and collaboratively with colleagues in the Division of Communications and school-based communicators as needed, and with other administrators, faculty and staff throughout the university. Contributes successfully to the DAR Communications team in planning, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive communications program in support of Development and Alumni Relations. Provides assistance with special events or programs related to development as needed. Performs other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Highly motivated team player with strong interpersonal skills for effective interactions working with internal and external individuals. Candidates should have a minimum of three years of communications experience, preferably in higher education, or a record of demonstrated achievement in a field requiring the application of similar skills. Experience in a development or advancement office is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with at least five years of experience. Strong project management skills with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Excellent writing and proofreading skills with precise attention to detail. Ability to work independently, assuming responsibility, prioritizing and carrying out duties with a minimum of supervision. Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills, and the ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University to a wide range of audiences are required. Candidates must also have the capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex environment, exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies, and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of education and to the principles governing Development and Alumni Relations. DAR
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