The Associate Director, Advancement Communications, will primarily, help lead the strategic development marketing and, secondly, communications efforts intended to maximize fundraising success at Chicago Booth and is responsible for communications with alumni and friends. Important components of this position include, managing the assignment of projects to team members; ensuring the execution of all marketing and communications projects by orchestrating an efficient and thorough process; overseeing key communication vehicles such as the e-mail system, electronic newsletters, the social media platform, and print materials for event and program communications; developing, executing, and evaluating an annual advancement marketing and communications plan.
The Associate Director works closely with other Chicago Booth and University of Chicago teams to ensure a strategic, uniform platform for communicating.
The Associate Director sets alumni and donor communication goals and standards; participates in high-level and interdepartmental projects; and manages a specialized team. Provides strategic insight and cross-program analyses, and makes recommendations to optimize resources throughout Chicago Booth Alumni Relations. The Associate Director develops business processes for anticipating and meeting Chicago Booth's Advancement and Alumni Relations' needs. Ensures that all team members have a solid understanding of communication systems and processes. The Associate Director is hands-on in supporting the considerable workload of the team.
Expert in all the ways Booth alumni and donors are communicated to across the school.
Develops content and strategize on creative and interactive ways to engage with alumni and prospective donors; particularly related to alumni websites, emails, social media, online communities and networks, surveys, and collateral.
Collaborates with other colleagues on all events and alumni programs to determine communication approach. Develops communication plans and executes tactically.
Analyzes and reports back to appropriate parties on communications' effectiveness.
Collaborates with Booth Marketing as appropriate to optimize the effectiveness of marketing pieces they develop for alumni programs. Practices a standard of communication that is uniform and consistent with the school's branding and priorities.
Participates in the annual strategic planning process for the Advancement Communications team.
Manages the Assistant/Associate Director(s), which includes monitoring his/her workloads on a weekly basis, ensuring work is of the highest quality, identifying appropriate professional development opportunities, and ensuring that their efforts are aligned with the strategic priorities of the team. Identify the appropriate talent to pair with each marketing and communications project requested by the Director and other Advancement colleagues. Provide guidance for professional growth.
Develop appropriate infrastructures, systems and materials as required; accept other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement Communications.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
A minimum of five years of experience in a related field required.
Experience with communication mediums and methods required.
Project management experience required.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Analytical and quantitative skills, including ability to manipulate, analyze, and interpret data and statistical models required.
Strong leadership qualities, including the abilities to delegate and to execute, required.
Superior verbal and written communication skills and the demonstrated ability to articulate required.
Complex ideas clearly, accurately, and concisely required.
Ability to self-motivate and work well with and through others required.
Scrupulous attention to matters of discretion and confidentiality required.
Strong attention to detail required.
Flexibility and adaptability to work with new programs in an emerging and changing environment required.
Knowledge of current trends in communications, including benchmarking and metrics required.
Successful experience in developing, directing, and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals required.
Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required.
Willingness and ability to staff evening and weekend events on occasion required.
Knowledge of the Chicago Manual of style and excellent editing skills required.
Skill in assessing quality of visual communications preferred.
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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