Assistant Director for Advancement Communications

Vassar College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 16, 2021

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

Vassar College

Assistant Director for Advancement Communications

Department: Office of Advancement
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Work Schedule:
Employee Type: Administrator
Posting Date: 09/15/2021
Union Representation: Not Applicable
Posting Number: AS135P
Pay Rate:

About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is deeply committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, diversity and inclusiveness. Vassar seeks to create a pluralistic community for all staff, faculty and students. Vassar College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, and applications from women, individuals with disabilities and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.  Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. Note: Vassar College has a universal vaccination policy requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees except for those exempt for medical or religious reasons.

Position Summary and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Advancement Communications, the Assistant Director for Advancement Communications provides creative services support, as well as administrative and operational support. A member of the Advancement Communications, Donor Relations and Advancement Web Services team, this position is responsible for creative work such as writing, designing, and production as needed, including working on appeals, direct mail pieces, donor reports, acknowledgements, solicitations, web, imagery and video as required. The Assistant Director for Advancement Communications collaborates with various departments 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 and Assistant Director of Advancement Communications. This position is for the duration of an upcoming capital campaign, currently anticipated to close in 2026, with the possibility of a renewal/extension beyond that date. Responsibilities:
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with and fluency in communicating about the College's goals and priorities.
  • Coordinate with other content developers and department managers to ensure seamless integration of content across channels within strategic, thematic, and branding frameworks.
  • Ensure that the College's values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are woven into all of Advancement Communication's materials.
  • Participate in strategic communication and branding development meetings.
  • Work with external print companies and internal and external designers tied to material production and distribution.
  • Responsible for maintaining and overseeing stationery needs for the Advancement Department.
  • Craft, proof, and edit emails and other written communications.
  • Develop and produce outreach materials and collateral for use in solicitation, cultivation, outreach, and stewardship activities across multiple audiences and segments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or a related field.
  • A minimum of three to five years related experience.
  • Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Mailchimp, social media platforms, Microsoft Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience shooting and editing video is also a plus, as is experience with social media campaigns.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Interest in marketing, branding, video, design and project management is a plus. Strong print design background is desired.
  • Requires the ability to interact effectively with a diverse community of internal and external constituents.
  • Must be a team-player, have a professional, problem-solving demeanor, good judgment and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, strong organizational skills, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to effectively manage deadlines and multiple, competing priorities.

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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