JOB SUMMARY: It begins with good communication. The Director of Communications and Stewardship reports to the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations and is responsible for managing a full range of activities designed to inspire alumni and illustrate how donors can and do empower Lasell University to fulfill its mission to immerse students in experiential and collaborative learning that fosters lifelong intellectual exploration and social responsibility. This position is a creative architect responsible for developing compelling development and alumni relations communications and for driving high-impact stewardship activities that supports lifelong donor involvement.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements below describe the principal duties of the person assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all job duties and responsibilities. Lasell University has the right to add or change the job responsibilities at any time.Works as part of an integrated team to establish overall goals and strategies for increasing support to the University;
Provides strategic support to staff in implementing donor recognition, donor stewardship, and other related activities;
Develops high impact reports and customized stewardship materials, including endowment reports;
Oversees coordination of donor recognition and stewardship events, with the support of administrative staff;
Oversee the Alumni web design and content management, social media, and electronic newsletters;
Manages a team of two talented communications staff, providing mentorship and guidance, and ensuring that the team balances productivity and excellence. Engages consultants as needed.
In coordination with the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations and Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund, devises a comprehensive solicitation and gift acknowledgement process that encourages philanthropy and donor retention;
Work closely with the University Marketing and Communications team, ensuring strong coordination and integrated communications activities.
Supervisory Responsibility: The Director of Communications and Stewardship supervises the communications staff which currently consists of two people.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED BY THE JOB: The ideal candidate will be a seasoned communications professional ideally within the nonprofit or higher education field. Strong writing and editing abilities, excellent storytelling abilities, strong project management experience, excellent organizational skills, experience in developing communications plans, experience in creating video, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while providing quality and timely execution for all, strong proofreading skills, flexibility to change as needed. We believe in Lasell University, and each other, and we're looking for a team member who shares our desire to work hard, have fun, and connect with others in support of this thriving institution.
Minimum Education level: Applicants with a bachelor's degree or master's degree (preferred) also need a minimum of three years of communications experience preferably in the nonprofit or higher education field.
Ability to oversee a broad spectrum of activities concurrently; a proven track record in setting and achieving ambitious goals; and the ability to manage a multitude of tasks and meet required deadlines.
Strong interpersonal skills that allow for effective management, team building and quality relationships with a variety of constituencies;
Ability to adapt one's communication styles, approaches, and skills in a manner that reflects an appreciation for, and commitment to, our increasingly diverse workplace and alumni community;
Ability to exercise exceptional discretion, confidentiality and judgment in dealing with sensitive issues;
Strong working knowledge of computers;
Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.
Lasell University is committed to equal opportunity in every aspect of hiring and employment. Lasell proactively reviews its policies and practices to assure that decisions with respect to every dimension of employment are made without regard to age, color of skin, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic predisposition, marital status, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran's status, status as a victim of domestic violence, and all other protected groups and classes under Federal and State Laws and executive orders.
About Lasell University
An innovator in education for over 150 years, Lasell University today is a comprehensive coeducational university offering professionally oriented bachelor's and master's degree programs. Our 50-acre campus is located in suburban Newton, Massachusetts-within eight miles of downtown Boston at the heart of the Route 128 high-tech corridor.
We are known for helping students make the connection between classroom lessons and real life through hands-on activities such as internships, practicum, service learning, and meaningful projects.