The Executive Director of Advancement Communications is the university's senior advancement communications leader and oversees Advancement Communications, campaign communications, strategies, team members, resources, and efforts. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President of Communications and partnering closely with the Senior Vice President of Advancement, the position directs comprehensive initiatives and programs that support University Advancement priorities and objectives. The incumbent serves as a senior leader, strategist, and partner with SVP and UA leadership and ensures integration and alignment between areas and with university communications goals, policies, and protocols. The Executive Director inspires creativity, collaboration, and positivity with key constituencies and is accountable for assuring the highest standard of communications outcomes that support the university's fundraising efforts and philanthropic activities.
POSITION SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITITES:
Lead and be accountable for all aspects of advancement communications (including, but not limited to personnel, budget resources, initiatives, deliverables, progress, and outcomes), assuring seamless partnership and collaboration with MarComm and University Advancement. Devise, develop, and direct university-wide strategic advancement plans and initiatives, focusing in four core areas: revenue, pipeline, operations, and board relations. Oversee and coach team members to synchronize efforts.
Lead and manage comprehensive campaign communications strategy and program, including project management, internal and external resources, development of campaign narratives and messaging, editorial, and promotions. Develop systematic solutions that segment multi-channel communications streams to general and specific target audience. Devise personalized communications streams that support development objectives with specific, high-priority prospective donors.
Review, edit and approve print and digital communications and marketing products in support of university-wide advancement activities and programs that engage identified target audiences and/or individual donors. Ensure projects are completed by identified deadlines and on budget. Assure successful outcomes by adopting best-practice project management methodologies, quality assurance metrics, and risk mitigation plans. Assure the integrity, high-quality, and consistency of the university's image, tone, style, narrative, visual identity, and brand.
Act as the primary liaison, point-of-contact, and thought leader with University Advancement on all communications matters. Serve as the communications and strategy advisor to the SVP of UA. Work closely with the SVP of UA and the UA senior team to determine priorities and set divisional expectations accordingly.
Collaborate with senior university leaders, internal, and external stakeholders to develop comprehensive fundraising campaigns in alignment with the university strategic priorities, mission, and vision.
Seek opportunities to engage university communications colleagues to ensure fundraising objectives are integrated into broader communications and marketing activities, external relations, and leadership activities. Work closely with PR and Internal Communications to deconflict timing issues or challenging optics associated with strategic or significant advancement communications.
Proactively advise and strategize on advancement-related topics, staying abreast of emerging trends, developing professional networks, and delivering presentations that inform, educate, and inspire.
Serve as a senior communications leader, public information officer, spokesperson, and perception management professional for University Advancement.
Minimum eight years' communications experience in a non-profit, fundraising setting required, higher education experience preferred. Evidence of successful communications positions of increasing responsibility required. Proven track record of working closely with executive leaders preferred.
Significant experience working in communications role(s) that support advancement, development, and/or fundraising activities required. Evidence of achieving successful fundraising and engagement outcomes by designing communications strategies and products 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.
Typically a bachelor's degree. Master's degree preferred. Degrees in marketing, communications, or business management preferred.
COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:
To ensure the safety and well-being of our community, Loyola Marymount University requires that all students, faculty and staff are vaccinated or have been approved for a qualifying medical or religious exemption.
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.