Director of Alumni Communications, UOAA



Department: University Advancement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $75,000 - $85,000
Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2019-2020
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
July 8, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:

• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly.

• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Department Summary
University Advancement (UA) supports the University of Oregon’s (UO) mission of providing exceptional teaching, discovery, and service by strategically positioning the university to create awareness, build long-term relationships, and secure resources that increase understanding and further its aims. The division consists of approximately 200 employees primarily working out of Eugene, with offices in Portland and Bend. Departments within University Advancement include: the UO Alumni Association; Development; Advancement Operations; Federal Affairs; and State and Community Affairs. We are committed to fostering equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment that recognizes the value of all members of our community.

The University of Oregon Alumni Association (UOAA) fosters lifelong relationships, deepens engagement, and advocates on behalf of the university and Duck alumni around the world. Launched in 1879, the UOAA is proud of its long history of keeping alumni connected to the university and to one another, offering a wide array of opportunities for service and engagement. With a membership of over 27,000, the UOAA serves as an important connection to the university for more than 220,000 alumni worldwide. Our vision is to be among the very best alumni relations programs in the world, uniting and engaging Ducks in all stages of flight.

The department of University Communications is charged with telling the University of Oregon’s (UO) stories to a broad range of audiences and positioning the university to succeed and thrive. The department utilizes and manages a comprehensive suite of communications tools, including public relations, branding, advertising, licensing, digital media, and more for the benefit of the university.

Position Summary
This position will report to the UOAA Executive Director and the University Communications Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Brand Strategy.

University Advancement relies on the story of the powerful impact of philanthropy at the University of Oregon. The Director of Alumni Communications in the UOAA is responsible for telling that story via the creation and execution of a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy to support the entire UOAA team.

The director will be a member of the UOAA Leadership Team and will create and implement communications strategies and outreach across a variety of channels and platforms (traditional and emerging) to a variety of alumni constituents. They will partner with colleagues within Advancement and across campus to meet the overarching goals of expanding the university’s community of alumni, family, and friends; increasing levels of engagement and recognition of UO alumni; and increasing philanthropic support of Oregon’s priorities.

The director will provide communications expertise and insight that will inform and evaluate overall messaging and media use. The director will collaborate with the development of communications and development offices across the campus.

The director will be the primary liaison between the UOAA and University Communications. In this role, the director is responsible for ensuring that the priorities, communications, and marketing strategy and objectives are shared with University Communications leadership while working to identify opportunities for coordination, collaboration and amplification. The director will also work with the central communications team to ensure compliance with University of Oregon brand standards and consistent messaging on UO-wide initiatives.

This position will work closely with staff who produce content for external audiences that has the potential to serve alumni. Building strong working relationships, the director will help focus and amplify the effectiveness, consistency, and visibility of messaging to and of alumni of the University of Oregon.

This position supervises a staff of three.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism, public relations or related fields OR five years’ equivalent experience.
• Five years of experience in communications or a closely related field.

Professional Competencies
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to craft clear messages for broad audiences from a variety of academic source content.
• Ability to distill complex issues into clear and persuasive messages for these different constituents.
• Ability to think and act strategically, understanding the needs of different constituents, and the ability to think creatively to address those needs.
• Strong project and intake management skills, with the ability to take creative ideas from conception to execution.
• Demonstrated abilities in, and a strong commitment to, using data analytics as part of strategy formulation.
• Demonstrated ability to work with print, digital and social media strategies, tools and platforms and knowledge of current and emerging best practices.
• Demonstrated ability to work with content experts such as faculty in representing their work and research in ways that will encourage different constituents to understand the impact of philanthropy in relation to this work.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues from different departments and units to deliver successful projects.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment managing a variety of projects at once while simultaneously always searching for operational efficiencies.
• An entrepreneurial, problem-solver mindset.
• Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.
• Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience in higher education alumni communications.
• Strong understanding of a research university.
• Advanced degree.
• Experience in annual giving, mass marketing, and/or membership programs
• Supervisory experience

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits .

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination .

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at http://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report .

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