Associate Director, Communications for Institutional Advancement, Doheny Campus
About Mount Saint Mary's University:
Mount Saint Mary's is the only women's university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary's provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. www.msmu.edu
Mount Saint Mary's University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is thoroughly committed both to providing equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees, and to providing a work environment that is free from harassment, discrimination and retaliation. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
Applicants must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. The University will not assist applicants with any visa matters. A background check will be required.
The Associate Director of Communications, IA, will be responsible for producing content for multiple channels, including publications, digital media, website, newsroom, social media and additional collateral to build the university's brand, increase engagement with external and internal audiences, and support the IA team.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops and creates communications and marketing materials for Institutional Advancement. Provide leadership to IA-wide marketing efforts. Represent IA Communications on the university-wide MarCom Council.
Creates engaging content that reflects and builds the brand for print, digital media, web, marketing materials, and other Mount Saint Mary's University materials. The associate director will be required to write powerful, engaging, well-researched and accurate content within tight deadlines, with the support of consultants that s/he will oversee and manage.
Serves as the lead writer and project manager for The Mount magazine, the President's Report, the faculty/staff monthly e-newsletter, the Mount digital Newsroom, and other publications (print and digital) as needed. Manage the day-to-day planning, writing, editing, production and distribution of key publications as noted, as well as writing and uploading stories to the digital Newsroom.
Tracks key performance indicators (KPIs) for the purpose of measuring marketing effectiveness.
Interviews people on campus, at events, and by phone for potential articles, spotlights and press releases. Write profiles designed to engage external and internal audiences.
Publishes stories, photos and/or multimedia storytelling on the University website and digital Newsroom. Monitor and update content of pages maintained by Institutional Advancement, including the University magazine web pages.
Reviews and copy edit materials from IA departments as well as other campus departments, as needed, to ensure the University's brand, editorial and design standards are followed.
Manages work of independent contractors, including designers, photographers, writers, editors, digital developers, videographers, printers and others, as needed, to accomplish University marketing goals.
Conducts research for office projects, as needed, such as print publication usage and effectiveness and bids for independent contracts as necessary.
Maintains, and promotes the use of the Brand Toolkit, and the University Editorial and Style guides
Assists with media outreach as needed.
Assists Institutional Advancement staff at special events (including but not limited to script management, pre-and post Newsroom highlights, onsite staffing, and more).
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
Assists Associate Vice President, Director of External Relations, Vice President and President with various tasks, as assigned.
Ability to work evenings, weekends, and flexible schedule, as assigned.
Perform other job-related duties, as assigned.
In-depth knowledge of communications for internal and external constituents, overall marketing and branding, and journalism.
In-depth project management experience with print publication production.
University magazine experience a plus.
In-depth experience of word processing and spreadsheets (MS Word, Excel).
Knowledge of graphics applications (InDesign, Photoshop).
Knowledge of database and Raiser's Edge programs a plus.
Abilities and Skills:
Effectively organize, prioritize and handle multiple tasks requiring thought and concentration to meet established deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Exercise sound and quick decision making.
Think critically, and write clearly and concisely.
Be a creative problem solver.
Serve as an analytical, detail-oriented team player who can also work well independently.
Handle difficult situations comfortably, professionally and with poise.
Build rapport and interact successfully with a wide variety of people.
Excellent skills in writing clear and compelling copy, as well as editing, fact checking, and proofreading copy.
Excellent organization and prioritization ability.
Exemplary customer service.
Skilled in oral/written communication, journalism, marketing, interviewing.
Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, English, literature, journalism or related field.
Master's degree a plus.
Must have a minimum of five (5) years' experience working in communications, marketing, media/public relations, publications/editing/writing.
Licenses and Certifications:
California driver's license.
Work Location: Doheny Campus (Downtown Los Angeles)
Start Date: Immediately
Applications Deadline: Open until filled
The University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student population and workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of learning. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply to be a student or to work for the University.
Please submit the following requiring documentation as part of your application:
Three (3) writing samples (one feature-style article, one news article, one of applicant's choice)
Mount Saint Mary's University is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts university which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. The Mount is the only Catholic university primarily for women in the Western United States. It is also nationally recognized for its academic programs, its culturally diverse student body, and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders.