The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism seeks an Assistant Director, Stewardship and Development Operations to join a dynamic and productive team. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Assistant Director develops and implements the stewardship program, assists frontline fundraising staff through proposal development and proactive prospect research, and provides overall operational support towards the departmentâs fundraising and alumni engagement objectives.
The ideal candidate for this position has excellent writing skills, a demonstrated interest in the field of development, and familiarity with Salesforce or comparable relationship management system. Prior experience working in a non-profit and/or higher education setting is a plus. S/he will possess a positive attitude and work well under pressure in a high-performing and collaborative environment. To ensure success, the Assistant Director will be organized, an exceptional communicator, have superb research skills, and be adept at managing multiple tasks and deadlines.
Role & Responsibilities
As the primary development writer for the department, plans and implements all stewardship activity. Writes thank you letters and impact reports, oversees student worker acknowledgements for annual fund gifts, and drafts and sends quarterly email updates to our donors. Drafts Deanâs outreach and remarks for select events.
Maintains giving menu language for fundraising priority areas, and develops donor-specific giving menus and proposals as requested. Drafts case statements or one-pagers for new giving opportunities as they are identified. Updates the Annenberg giving webpage periodically.
Proactively conducts major gift and foundation prospect research. Reviews daily gift reports to identify new prospects for assignment. Helps manage donor pipeline by running regular reports to best inform fundraising efforts and coordinates weekly prospect strategy meetings.
Collaborates with the USC Annual Giving team in support of the schoolâs annual giving goals. Develops language for the Deanâs Communique, Day of SCupport initiative, Tele-fund talking points and annual giving evergreen fundraising page, among others. May plan and implement school-based annual giving mail and/or email campaigns. Serves as schoolâs representative on USC Annual Giving Council.
Serves as donor liaison for development and alumni relations events, including Move-In Day, Commencement, Trojan Family Weekend and Critical Conversation Series Salons, among others. Creates invitation lists, sends email and/or paper invitations, maintains RSVPâs, liaises with Communication and Marketing team as appropriate, and may draft remarks and/or talking points.
Serves as departmentâs primary liaison to University Advancement Stewardship and Annual Giving Offices.Â
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USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, transit subsidy program, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. For additional information, see our website: https://annenberg.usc.edu/.
USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
Minimum Education:Bachelor's degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:1 yearPreferred Education:Bachelor's degreePreferred Experience:2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Volunteer or support group administrative or management experience.Preferred Field of Expertise:Marketing or non-profit management experience.
Internal Number: REQ20087420
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.