Assistant Director, Advancement Communications | California Institute of Technology - Military Veterans

at HERC - Southern California

Pasadena, California

Assistant Director, Advancement Communications Caltech Job Category: Fulltime Regular Exempt Overtime Eligible: Exempt Benefits Eligible: Benefit Based Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community. Job Summary The Division of Advancement and Alumni Relations fosters a thriving and engaged community of support for the California Institute of Technology . By connecting the people who share and support Caltech's mission and values, we ensure the Institute receives the necessary resources to achieve Caltech's aspirations and sustain its excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship in perpetuity. The Advancement Communications team seeks an exceptional communications professional to help us achieve our mission. Reporting to the Senior Director of Editorial Services, the Assistant Director helps execute AAR's communication strategy, with a focus on inspiring philanthropic support for Caltech by sharing the stories of our donors and their impact on the Institute and the wider world. As part of a three-member team, the Assistant Director manages a wide variety of communications projects, including maintaining the Caltech Giving website and helping develop and implement multimedia communications strategies to promote, celebrate, and directly solicit support for the Institute. Projects include text and video content highlighting the impact of philanthropy at Caltech, website and social media content, brochures, print and electronic newsletters, event invitations, case statements, white papers, and principal and major gift proposals. The Assistant Director works closely with colleagues in Advancement and Alumni Relations (AAR) and throughout campus, including the Office of Strategic Communications, and with freelance creative service providers. The position requires superb writing and editing skills and demonstrated abilities to clearly communicate scientific concepts and complete complex projects under time constraints. Applicants must be able to produce communications that utilize both reason and emotion to inspire Caltech's constituents. As candidates advance through the consideration phase of the application process, they will be asked to submit a portfolio of written work and complete a writing exercise. Essential Job Duties Communications Management: Maintain the all-AAR Communications Calendar. Maintain AAR's digital asset management system. Maintain Advancement Communications' project intake and tracking systems. Track and report on digital communications performance metrics, such as email open and click-through rates and web page views. Collaborate with Advancement Communications teammates to continually improve communications based on the above and other analytics. Assist in day-to-day supervision of consultants, freelancers, and vendors. Collaborate with Advancement Communications teammates to plan and implement high-impact digital and print storytelling. Uphold Institute messaging, tone, style, and brand guidelines. Stay abreast of Caltech news, along with national and global developments in science and technology. Actively seek out Caltech stories that support AAR's goals. Maintain a clear understanding of all AAR and fundraising goals, strategies, and messages. Other duties as assigned. Writing and Editing: Research, conduct interviews, write, and proofread impact stories, gift announcements, brochures, e-newsletters, web and social media content, annual fund solicitations and other mass-market fundraising efforts, white papers, case statements, and other communications to support Caltech's advancement enterprise. Analyze requests for assistance, develop realistic deadlines, and complete work on schedule. Independently incorporate changes, comments, and critiques from multiple reviewers, including donors as well as academic, advancement, and communications colleagues. Exercise sound editorial judgment on content strategy, appropriate points of emphasis, and persuasive impact. Describe complex scientific and technical subject matter clearly and accurately and present concise and persuasive rationales for philanthropy. Digital Communications and Social Media: Prepare content for digital dissemination, including: Building emails in iModules (now Anthology Encompass); Building e-newsletters; And preparing social media copy and collateral. Maintain the Caltech giving website and the campaign microsite, continually refreshing and improving content, such as impact stories, gift announcements, and videos, to deliver a best-in-class experience to Caltech's constituents . Basic Qualifications College degree, preferably in English, journalism, communications, or a related field Three or more years of experience in a professional communications role Proven superior writing and editing skills Ability to communicate about a wide range of science and technology topics Proven experience producing multimedia content that integrates copy, photography, illustrations, and infographics Ability to manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously, coordinate the roles of various project participants, set priorities and schedules, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision Excellent interpersonal and communication skills Ability to facilitate mutual understanding and work effectively with a wide variety of people, including faculty, administrators, development colleagues, donors, alumni, students, and friends of the Institute Understanding of the overall advancement enterprise-particularly within an academic setting-and ability to work within that framework Authentic curiosity about science and technology, and an appreciation for the extraordinary intellectual accomplishments and contributions of Caltech donors, faculty, students, alumni, and volunteers Preferred Qualifications Science or medical writing experience. Advancement writing experience. Strong working knowledge of social media platforms (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Hootsuite, Snapchat). Proficiency using marketing automation platforms (such as iModules) and content management systems (such as Wagtail). Experience working with graphic designers, videographers, and photographers. Highly Desirable Qualifications Understanding of graphic design concepts and ability to positively influence the designs of communications projects. Proficiency using desktop publishing software, specifically Adobe InDesign. Proficiency using video editing software, specifically Adobe Premiere and Premiere Rush. Required Documents Resume Cover Letter To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Copyright 2022 Inc. All rights reserved. Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency jeid-e62dd991bdad0e4c86716e9a0e7ab07f

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