The Director of Advancement Communications leads the university's advancement communications strategies, programs, and services. The Director develops, executes, and supports comprehensive communications plans and projects that increase engagement and achieve advancement objectives with key constituent groups, including alumni, donors, and friends. The Director oversees budgets, personnel, and resources responsible for producing integrated communications media that inspire giving among diverse constituencies in support of the university's fundraising campaigns and philanthropic activities. The incumbent cultivates and stewards relationships with key stakeholders to inspire a culture of creativity, collaboration, and innovation as part of a broader, synchronized, multi-disciplinary team of communications and advancement professionals.
Typically a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. Master's degree preferred. Degrees in marketing, communications, or business management preferred.
Minimum 7 years communications experience in a non-profit setting required, higher education experience preferred. Evidence of successful communications positions of increasing responsibility required.
Significant experience working in communications role(s) that support advancement, development, and/or fundraising activities required.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and independently with internal and external constituencies and with professionals of varied disciplines to accomplish tasks and projects.
Demonstrated experience managing and executing across multiple communications and marketing channels and media; highly developed skills in communications writing and editing.
Highly collaborative style with experience developing and implementing communications strategies successfully; a background that demonstrates relationship-building, consensus-building, flexibility, and managing through influencing.
Evidence of high energy leadership style with a track record for leading both strategic and tactical communications efforts.
Self-starter, able to work independently and entrepreneurially; experience creating, developing and implementing new initiatives.
Demonstrated computer competency with common production software suites, such as photo editing software, email marketing tools, and analytics reporting software.
Ability to produce high quality deliverables with meticulous attention to detail. Must be metrics-driven and results-oriented with demonstrated analytical skills.
Ability to provide quick turnaround and updates for multiple requests while maintaining strong reputation of high quality work.
Self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a cross-functional team.
Must be able to perform successfully in a fast-paced, intellectually intense, and service-oriented environment. Experience working successfully within a complex organization. Willing and able to adjust to changing demands and shifting priorities.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends to support programming, events, and major project deadlines.
Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 5,962 undergraduate, 2,129 graduate and 1,278 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation's most beautiful and green campuses.