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Associate Director of Institutional Engagement Communications

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Position Information

Job Title Associate Director of Institutional Engagement Communications
Department Institutional Engagement
Posting Type Internal/External
Employment Type Full-Time
Job Summary (Overview)

If you have an appreciation for art and design and an interest in writing for myriad audiences and communications platforms, consider this exciting opportunity.

The Associate Director of Institutional Engagement Communications will be a vital member of the Institutional Engagement team, responsible for helping to advance the strategic work of the office by generating compelling and inspirational communications. Working with a committed team of advancement professionals, the Associate Director will be the office’s primary writer and will work closely with colleagues in the President’s Office, the Media Group, and academic departments to produce high quality print and electronic communications materials from inception to delivery.

The ideal candidate will be a savvy writer with a talent for collaborating, who brings a can-do spirit to the team and its dynamic work.

With an in-depth understanding of RISD’s strategic priorities, the Associate Director will:

Imagine, develop and produce a variety of high quality, innovative and engaging print and electronic written fundraising communications for both internal and external audiences. These materials will result in increased brand awareness and presence; elicit affinities and connections; and mobilize resources/support (create appeal).

Ensure that all materials adhere to the highest editorial standings.

Engage with and interviews other members of the Institutional Engagement team to understand institutional goals and priorities and to create content for funding proposals, stewardship materials and reports, brochures and letters.

Manage and complete additional writing projects from inception to delivery.

RISD is one of the world’s leading institutions of art and design education and the Office of Institutional Engagement is tasked with helping to maintain and grow that global reputation for excellence and innovation.

Essential Functions/Duties

1. Develop, write and oversee the production of strategic communication materials to serve the needs of Institutional Engagement and as requested by the Vice President and Directors of Institutional Engagement.

2. Compose correspondence and respond to inquiries, issues, requests and designated correspondence on behalf of the President, Vice President and Directors.

3. Provide editorial review of all printed and electronic fundraising materials and communications. Make modifications and suggestions to ensure materials are of highest quality and greatest appeal.
4. Create and recommend key messaging points and incorporate them in fundraising communications.
5. Increase awareness of funding priorities and initiatives through development communications materials: general fundraising materials, campaign materials and brochures, fundraising proposals and appeals, and stewardship reports and materials.

6. Research and draft communications, speeches and remarks that are sensitive to and inclusive of a broad range of diverse audiences.

7. Review and approve recommended solutions for how to best inform donors about the present-day impact of their philanthropy.

8. Serve as primary Institutional Engagement liaison to Media and Communications team in coordination of production and other activities.

Job Qualifications Required

Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Five to seven years of experience in writing fundraising communications, media relations, communications and/or a related field.

Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills with expertise in use of English grammar, punctuation and syntax.

Experience working with designers to produce digital and print materials.

Superlative diplomatic and communication skills, including an ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals (individual donors, business leaders, public figures, faculty and staff), within a broad range of cultural environments.

Ability to quickly and effectively gather data through interviews or research.

Proven ability to interact with members of the community representing diverse backgrounds and interests.

Demonstrated expertise in the use of Microsoft Office programs, presentation software, Apple systems and the Google environment.

Ability to manage multiple projects, priorities and deadlines.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Job Qualifications Preferred

Master’s degree in English preferred.

Pre-employment Requirement

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

Other than regular hours (typically 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri.)
Hours/week and months/year

Full-time; 12 months/year

Salary Grade 10/AD
Union No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S00113P
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
EEO Statement

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents