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Assistant Director of Advancement Communications

Vassar College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 26, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Vassar College

Assistant Director of Advancement Communications

Department: Office of Advancement
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Work Schedule:
Employee Type: Administrator
Posting Date: 04/24/2023
Union Representation: Not Applicable
Posting Number: AS361P
Pay Rate:

About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape.Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other historically underrepresented groups.Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.Note: Vassar College has a universal vaccination policy requiring a COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster, for all employees except for those exempt for medical or religious reasons.Vassar College offers a comprehensive benefits package for administrators which includes: 22 vacation days for full time employees - prorated if not full time, unlimited paid personal and sick time for use at the supervisor’s approval. 14 paid holidays per year which includes the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. A choice of three health plans (EPO, PPO, High Deductible), Participation in FSA, Dependent Care, and Transit programs. Voluntary, employee paid dental insurance plan. Life Insurance and Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance Employer paid short-term and long-term disability programs. 403(b) defined contribution plan after one year of service. For more information, visit: New hires will be automatically enrolled in the SRA at a 4% employee contribution per paycheck. Tuition Benefits- Eligible after applicable waiting period. For more information, visit:

Position Summary and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Advancement Communications, the Assistant Director of Advancement Communications provides creative services support for Vassar's Office of Advancement. This position is responsible for video and image editing, creation of social media content, designing digital and print materials, and creating web content.
The Assistant Director for Advancement Communications collaborates with the team's content creators along with teams across Advancement and the College to develop creative content and marketing concepts within strategic, thematic, and branding frameworks. Additionally, this position serves as a thought partner to the Associate Vice President for Advancement Communications.
  • Collaborate with Advancement and Communications teams to create video concepts in support of alum engagement, appeals and campaigns, donor relations, and events.
  • Edit Advancement related videos for use in email and online appeals, events, donor reports, social media, and more.
  • Develop and produce digital and print collateral in support of the Office of Advancement to include brochures, donor reports, invitations, email and print donor appeals, and event signage.
  • Design and manage department greeting cards and stationery, including creating an online system for department ordering of materials.
  • Work with external print companies and internal and external designers tied to material production and distribution.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with department stakeholders on assigned projects through strategic communication and branding development meetings, email, and project management software (Asana).
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with and fluency in communicating about the College's goals and priorities.
  • Ensure that the College's values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging are woven into all of Advancement Communication materials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • A minimum of three to five years of related experience, preferably in a nonprofit or higher education environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in graphic design or a related field.
  • Proficiency in working with software systems, web content management, photo management and video editing (e.g., social media, InDesign, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro MailChimp, Encompass, Microsoft Suite, and WordPress).
  • Experience and knowledge of advancement/fundraising communication and marketing strategies and best practices.
  • Storyteller capable of inspiring and motivating an audience (e.g., alums and donors) through words and images.
  • The ability to create concise content and review materials in a timely manner.
  • Proficiency in project management tools, including Asana. Demonstrated ability to manage projects across multiple teams to a successful completion.
  • Ability to quickly learn the tone and style of the College for use in communications and design.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse community of internal and external constituents, work independently, maintain confidentiality, and strong organizational skills.
  • Able to effectively manage deadlines and multiple, competing priorities.
  • Appreciation for Vassar’s mission and Advancement’s Vision, Mission & Values; commitment to the College’s values around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.

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