Senior Associate Director, Editorial Manager in the External Relations and Development department
February 6, 2018
New York, New York
Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Executive Director for Advancement Services, the Senior Associate Director, Editorial Manager, provides editorial leadership, content quality standard setting and assurance, research capability, copywriting expertise, project management strength, and strategic oversight of all these areas for Advancement Services and in support of other departmental units. The Senior Associate Director must possess a demonstrated ability to: research, formulate, and craft clear, informative communications on a variety of platforms; project the School's identity effectively and consistently; review and ameliorate the quality of preexisting and new content; collaborate with and support colleagues across the department and School; balance multiple and concurrent projects; and produce deliverables in a timely fashion. S/he will be responsible for continuous improvement, and will be expected to develop, recommend, implement, and document strategic changes to practice and procedures. S/he will work closely with the Senior Associate Director of Prospect and Donor Relations, aligning products and standards, and will anticipate and foster beneficial collaborations with Advancement Services, External Relations, School, and affiliated University units, bringing practice and innovation back to the unit and department. S/he will provide expertise, training, support, and guidance as needed. This individual will meet core and partnership values of teamwork, integrity, accountability, and respect. As a member of the team's senior staff, s/he will motivate others to uphold the highest standards, modeling departmental values and building the culture.
Responsibilities: 1.Applies in-depth institutional knowledge, and editorial, writing, and project management expertise to all aspects of Prospect and Donor Relations materials production and distribution, including stewardship reports, correspondence, proposals, campaign-related materials, and other content. Contributes to or leads the creation and/or dissemination of fundraising- and engagement-related collateral as needed, such as bespoke materials for unique occasions, remarks, speeches, and various copywriting projects. 2.Oversees the Advancement Services unit's copyediting needs as well as those of other underserved department units, ensuring consistent, superlative quality output and adherence to School style. 3.Ensures the timely, thorough, continuous, and transparent tracking and reporting of existing and new Prospect and Donor Relations projects and tasks delivered on behalf of both internal and external constituents. This includes entering content, contact, and task-related data into the fundraising database, and also to the shared, tracking system(s). 4.Collaborates with other teams within the office and across the School to develop and provide the most efficient and effective project delivery. Interacts with University Development, other University departments, and peer institutions to achieve goals, exchange information, improve in-house practices, and keep the department abreast of changes to standards and approaches. 5.Provides support where needed for Prospect and Donor Relations and External Relations events.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Minimum four-to-six years related experience required, preferably with progressive leadership and related experience in journalism, public relations, publishing, and/or higher education.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Must have excellent written and oral communication, organizational, interpersonal, and analytical skills; an ability to work with changing priorities and multiple projects in a high volume environment is required. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality. Sensitivity and good judgment are essential. High proficiency using Microsoft Office including Publisher is required. Must demonstrate tact and diplomacy. Some evenings and weekends required.
Preferred Qualifications: Expertise in development, prospect, donor relations, and/or stewardship writing and project management in a fast paced fund-raising environment preferred. Masters degree preferred. InDesign experience preferred.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_167352
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