Advancement Content Creator

Summary

Position Title

Advancement Content Creator

Department

University Advancement

Status

Full Time/Exempt

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Director of Annual Philanthropy and Advancement Communications, provide communications strategy and support to the Office of University Advancement- specifically the Engagement Team as well as fundraising campaigns, annual philanthropy, stewardship and donor relations.

Essential Job Duties

  • Support University Advancement communications roadmap in coordination with Director of Annual Philanthropy and Advancement Communications
  • Develop social media strategy for University Advancement including coordinating social media efforts for Advancement with overall University strategies in mind including strategic messaging as well as analysis and ROI (@jualumni)
  • Cultivate content and update web pages for University Advancement
  • Partner with Engagement, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Annual Philanthropy, and Major Gifts teams to develop, manage and optimize the content calendar for email, social media and printed communications
  • Coordinate with campus partners and Marketing & Communications to draft content and design email communications including monthly e-newsletters for alumni, GOLD Phins, and families, as well as periodical newsletters for corporations, campaigns, and specific affinity groups
  • Compile annual analytics for social media and email performance
  • General support of University and Advancement events including Homecoming & Family Weekend, Thank -a-Giver day, Commencement, etc.
  • Development of printed materials (one-pagers, invitations, flyers, etc.) and online content
  • Assist in identifying and sharing alumni and donor success stories and spotlights for print or digital
  • Create and maintain event registration pages
  • Manage printing, promotional items, vendors, etc.
  • Design creative collateral for events and select fundraising proposals
  • Partner with Major Gifts team to formulate electronic and printed communications for donors and other campus partners
  • Oversight of the collateral and communications approval process to ensure accuracy, branding and voice consistency
  • Work closely with the Office of Marketing and Communications as appropriate on joint projects and initiatives
  • Represent the interests of University Advancement in meetings with the Office of Marketing and Communications; contribute to editorial and design teams
  • Gather and Prepare content for digital Class Notes
  • Curate content through event photography as needed
  • Supervise any additional staff added to the Advancement Communications team, including student workers
  • Other duties as assigned 

Goals and Objectives of the Position: 

  • Shape perception, engagement and fundraising through external communications
  • Support the goals of the University Advancement Office and the mission of the University

Difficulty & Complexity: 

  • This position requires a high degree of professionalism, confidentiality and an ability to interact with a variety of entities and individuals to significantly increase the visibility of the University.
  • Incumbent must be capable of conveying appropriate messages and representing the University to encourage and facilitate interest in and support of the University’s mission and goals.
  • This position has a significant effect on the University’s ability to engage current and future donors in a meaningful way and is responsible for enhancing the University’s ability to identify, establish, create and maintain strong relationships.

Environmental Demands:

  • This position requires event participation and staffing; a healthy life style and physical mobility are necessary.
  • Work venues vary from office, to social events, to presentations, to large and small meetings and interactions with individuals, involving a variety of environments.
  • Evening/weekend work is sometimes required.
  • The ability to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously 
  • No risks or discomforts are imposed upon this position by the physical surroundings or job situation.

Special Skills

  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the areas of digital and social media.
  • Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals are essential.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors, and interact via electronic communications, telephone and in person with institutional peers.
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills in order to develop proposals, professional reports, strategic plans, and correspondence.
  • Ability to use social media effectively, keeping up with industry trends and measure analytics across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and/or Canva
  • Photography and video editing experience

Physical Requirements: 

  • Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications and computer display screens
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone
  • Ability to lift and load event materials as well as set-up/break-down event displays.

Minimum Education Requirement:

 A bachelor’s degree and experience in events and strategic communications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to candidates with higher education social media and marketing experience
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and OLX

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

Covid Vaccination Information: Faculty and Staff

All Jacksonville University employees who work at any JU facility must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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JU Vaccination Policy

To Apply

 Please submit a staff application, resume, cover letter, and portfolio or 2-3 writing samples or design projects to Sierra Aitken at saitken@ju.edu