Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
The senior associate director will lead the development of communications strategies and materials—including planning, art direction, graphic design, writing, and editing—in support of top fundraising and engagement priorities. Lead the development and execution of branding and design strategies. Cultivate and strengthen relationships with all groups within Alumni & Development Programs. Prepare correspondence and other communications as assigned. Support department leadership.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead the development of strategic design concepts, print design standards, and templates. Provide graphic design direction to colleagues.
Collaborate with department leaders and other colleagues to ensure strategic alignment of written materials. Plan, write, edit, and proofread solicitation pieces for use by the chancellor, the executive vice chancellor for Alumni & Development Programs, other university leaders, and frontline fundraisers. This includes shaping and implementing communication strategies for major gifts.
Design and produce print materials in support of fundraising and engagement efforts. Includes brochures and proposals for gifts of seven figures or more.
Interview high-level donors, faculty, and volunteers and write stories about them for high-profile university vehicles.
Direct and produce annual A&D annual report for the Executive Vice Chancellor to share with the Board of Trustees.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum of ten years of experience with strategic communications, donor communications, or related areas.
Strong English writing, editing, and proofreading capabilities.
Strong graphic design capabilities for print vehicles.
Exceptional writing and editing skills with demonstrated ability to write clear and persuasive communications.
Demonstrated graphic design ability.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and manage complex, often competing priorities.
Respect for confidentiality and a strong sense of professional ethics. High degree of diplomacy, discretion, and tact.
Demonstrated accuracy and commitment to detail.
Proficient with Microsoft Word and other standard office programs. Proficient with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
Advanced degree preferred.
Combined 10–12 years of experience as a writer, editor and designer, preferably in a large, complex organization.
Previous work experience in higher education.
Previous work experience with non-profit fundraising, with a basic understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies.
Knowledge of current best practices in donor communications and stewardship.
Expertise in persuasive writing and strategic communications.
Graphic design experience using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Print production experience.
Demonstrated creativity in writing and communications strategy.
Understanding of Washington University history and culture.
The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Development Communications Department of the Alumni and Development Programs at the Danforth Campus.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Please submit a cover letter with your application materials for this position. In addition, submit 3-5 relevant writing samples and a PDF that captures 3-5 relevant print design projects. Alternatively, portfolio links may be submitted in lieu of uploaded samples.
Note: You may upload your cover letter and other documents after submitting the application by selecting “Add attachment” on the My Activities page, accessible by clicking in the My Activities box on the upper right hand side of your home page at https://jobs.wustl.edu/.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplin...ary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.