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Reporting to the Chief of Operations and Strategy in Health Sciences Advancement (HSA) and working in partnership with Health Sciences and HSA and Advancement leadership, the Director of Communications will be responsible for researching, analyzing and developing a broad variety of donor communications with the goal of increasing philanthropic support for UC San Diego. Independently oversees a large, complex communications program requiring a wide variety of communications media, including written, visual, digital and electronic, and associated technical applications. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy for a highly visible program.
The incumbent will provide high-level counsel to leadership regarding Advancement's principal and transformational development communications with a focus on donor strategies at the $1M-100M+ level. In collaboration with executives and colleagues across campus, works closely with Advancement, Health Sciences, and academic leadership to research a broad range of topics and create compelling, donor-specific content to assist Advancement leaders and development officers in meeting the university's philanthropic goals. Works directly with internal stakeholders to develop content strategy that weaves the donor's philanthropic intentions together with campus/department/program funding priorities and the university's mission.
The Director of Communications will oversee all written communications, and direct other HSA Communications team members on written aspects of communications projects to support fundraising efforts for UC San Diego Health's strategic priorities. As a key strategic partner to Advancement, Health Sciences and School of Medicine leadership, serves as a conduit between high-level academics and the lay individual/donor and must be able to analyze, interpret, translate, synthesize, and compose information from a variety of fields using advanced communication and marketing concepts.
Assists with the determination of topics, themes and messages that will appropriately reflect UC San Diego's institutional character. Understands and is able to apply principles of target marketing to development communications. Researches, writes and/or edits high-level communications, publications, and/or reports with complex or sensitive subject matter to audiences that are either broad or highly influential. Requires subject-matter expertise and an in-depth understanding of the audience and the communication strategies that will best serve the institution with that audience.
Work is of considerable difficulty and often requires political acumen and sensitivity. Works closely with the other professional communications staff members within Advancement, UC San Diego Health, University Communications and Public Affairs and across academic units to create a cohesive team environment and generate synergy among all participants in order to meet the university's overall objectives.
Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
Must have access to reliable transportation.
A Bachelor's Degree in related area; and/or equivalent experience/training.
Proven experience with and advanced knowledge and understanding of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
Advanced knowledge and understanding of technical applications to direct professional technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.
Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long and short term strategic communication plans.
Advanced skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.
Strong personnel management skills to provide guidance to maintain a strong team. Ability to hire, train, supervise, evaluate staff, and dispense appropriate disciplinary action when necessary.
Demonstrated experience in conducting interviews and gathering the research requisite for a broad range of development communications.
Demonstrated ability to identify, understand, analyze and inte
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