Title: Director of Alumni and Development Communications
Department: Shidler College of Business
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports To: Director of Alumni Engagement, Shidler College of Business
The Director of Alumni and Development Communications is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, strategic, customer-centered communications strategy to enhance the advancement program at the Shidler College of Business.
This position will employ the most effective techniques in communicating to all stakeholders of Shidler to include alumni, prospective donors, donors, friends, board members, and students. The communications director is a team player who understands the role that strong publications and communications play in enhancing public perception of the institution.
Serves as the primary liaison between the Shidler Advancement team, Shidler College External Relations team, and the UH Foundation communications team for communications content and execution. Content will be driven by the Shidler Advancement team and the Shidler College External Relations team in varying degrees based on events, initiatives, and donors.
Serves as managing editor of the semi-annual Shidler Business alumni magazine publication. This includes the project management of each issue that includes but is not limited to content creation, design, writing and production of the publication. Requires working closely with Shidler’s External Relations staff, designers, and student interns.
Develops and manages strategic communications and e-blast distribution timeline in partnership with Shidler colleagues and the UH Foundation communications team. Reviews e-blast analytics and provides recommendations and feedback on communications efficiencies, as well as needs for improvement.
Working with the Shidler webmaster, enhances and updates the Shidler College website content relating to the advancement program to communicate in a timely, strategic, and effective manner with key stakeholders. As appropriate, will also work with the UH Foundation DTS staff to strengthen the Shidler web pages that pertain to Advancement.
- Drafts and executes news releases, PSAs, radio, and television coverage as appropriate.
- Drafts and executes social media content; manages strategic schedule on all platforms.
- Drafts remarks for College leadership at advancement events and donor celebrations.
- Support and staff event execution as needed.
- Trains and supervises student interns as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years successful experience in PR, copy writing, journalism, communications, marketing, or digital communications.
- Proven record of accomplishment in program marketing and web communications management,
- Proven team leadership skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with alumni leaders, donors and volunteers,
- Excellent oral and written communications skills are necessary as well as skill in recruiting, training, and effectively managing volunteers,
- Work requires high energy and stamina to work long hours, including some weekends as well as some flexibility for possible travel,
- Proven project management skills, ability to work with various stakeholders and on multiple projects,
- Prior knowledge in e-communications, digital marketing, public relations and copy writing is strongly preferred. Experience in MailChimp or WordPress is a plus,
- Prior experience in alumni relations is preferred,
- Willing to exemplify and live the values of the UH Foundation (accountability, excellence, integrity, service, teamwork, and trust),
- Graduates of the University of Hawaii System are encouraged to apply.
Based at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the director will work primarily in an office environment and will need to sit or stand for extended periods while either working at a computer, attending a meeting, or performing desk work. This position might involve some travel, mostly by auto. Employee must have a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. The employee may need to work some evenings and weekends and must be able to work to the demands of the position, which may exceed a 40 hour work week.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest that provides evidence of the qualifications, a resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to: email@example.com
University of Hawai‘i Foundation, Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 11270
Honolulu, HI 96828-0270
f: (808) 748-0727
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The University of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation
The primary purpose of the University of Hawaiʻi's ten-campus system is to provide an environment in which faculty and students can discover, examine critically, preserve, and transmit the knowledge, wisdom, and values that will help ensure the survival of the present and future generations with improvement in the quality of life.
The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaiʻi System. Our mission is to unite donors' passions with the University of Hawaiʻi's aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaiʻi and our future generations.
The University of Hawai‘i Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.