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Assistant Director- Development Communications - (STA008161)

University of Houston
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 17, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Alumni Affairs, Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time
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Serves as a leader within the Strategic Initiatives Team guiding communication strategies that support the goals of the overall division including but not limited to; developing and executing effective messaging and creating a variety of written content for media relations, communications and digital enterprises of the UH System and its leaders. The University of Houston's Donor Engagement program seeks to appreciate, inform, meaningfully engage and recognize current and prospective donors in the life of the University of Houston. The University recognizes its fiduciary responsibility to care for the investments that have been made and entrusted to the institution. Consistent contacts and programs for donors and prospective constituents are critical and valuable components of the fundraising efforts and are focused on building lifelong relationships with donors, instilling in them pride for the institution, and trust that their gifts are being carefully and responsibly managed. The Donor Engagement program is organized into the following component areas: Donor Recognition and Events, Gift Impact and Compliance, and Development Communications. This team is a part of the Division of University Advancement's Strategic Initiatives department, which encompasses strategic planning and projects, campaign initiatives and planning, donor and volunteer engagement.

  1. Provides strategic leadership and oversight within the Development Communications team in regards to annual communications planning, priorities, and Division needs.
  2. Drives content strategy and creation to support Division priorities and fundraising goals.
  3. Oversees top donor communications through the conceptualization, execution, and delivery of key touch points such as proposals and custom impact reports as requested by Division Leadership.
  4. Develops and implements a comprehensive annual philanthropic communications calendar for strategic communications in coordination with Division priorities; collaboratively working with university leadership and staff to ensure all communications reflect a cohesive and consistent image.
  5. Assist the Director of Development Communications in developing, creating and editing written content to increase awareness and understanding of the contributions and roles of the UH System.
  6. Establishes and maintains processes for identifying, developing and delivering Advancement Marketing storytelling via video, web, social and other rich media technologies.
  7. Produce compelling written materials to be used in a variety of media, including social media posts, news releases, statements, video scripts, correspondence and presentations.
  8. Collaborates with internal departments, as well as with campus partners and external vendors to build consensus and effectively coordinate communications.
  9. Manages staff, contract, and vendor partners to execute departmental priorities.
  10. Monitors, analyzes and adapts to evolving changes in the area of strategic communications, integrated marketing, branding, university image, and other communication efforts/activities. Performs other job-related duties as required.


Qualifications :

Education: Requires a thorough understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of an analytical, technical or professional discipline; or the basic knowledge of more than one professional discipline. Knowledge of the discipline is normally obtained through a formal, directly job-related 4 year degree from a college or university or an equivalent in-depth specialized training program that is directly related to the type of work being performed.Experience: Requires a minimum of five (5) years of directly job-related experience.Certification/Licensing: None.

May be Eligible for Alternative Work Arrangements

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