Wells College seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Assistant Director, Advancement Communications. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
Develop and assist the Office of Advancement’s communication and marketing plans in close partnership with the College’s Marketing and Communications Department, for outreach to alumnae and alumni and friends in support of Wells College’s engagement and philanthropic efforts.
With the director of alumnae and alumni engagement, and vice-president for advancement, develop a strategic communications plan that tells the College’s story in an inspiring, engaging way.
Produce and design materials for any ongoing fundraising efforts, including websites, case statements, solicitations, and other print and digital collateral.
Plan and produce content for advancement-related platforms on social media and on the alumni.wells.edu website. Perform content maintenance and updates as needed.
In consultation with the director of leadership and planned giving, produce planned and leadership giving marketing materials.
In consultation with the director of the annual fund, develop solicitation letters, emails, videos, web content, podcasts and other print and digital media.
Coordinating with the director and assistant director of alumnae and alumni engagement, produce the monthly e-newsletter (A2A) and collaterals in general for donor prospects including, fact sheets.
Produce materials for inclusion in the College’s alumnae and alumni publication, Wells Notes, including assisting with class notes information.
Provide logistical and communications support of advancement events, such as invitations, responses, preparation, follow up) including, but not limited to reunion, fall weekend, president’s circle, campaign events, off-campus club events, and special events.
Coordinate work with outside vendors (printers, web design, etc.) Help supervise and coordinate freelance employees, including videographers, photographers, and writers. Develop freelance schedules for major advancement events.
Assist in maintenance and cataloging of digital assets used for marketing purposes, including photography, digital files, and other collateral.
Support and assist with alumnae and alumni information management. Become proficient with using the College’s mainframe EX database system. Provide information to keep database current and accurate.
The ideal candidate will exhibit a strong work ethic and be flexible while undertaking a variety of tasks in a fast-paced office environment. The ability to self-start, innovate, meet deadlines and work under pressure is essential. The candidate will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills; an ability to handle highly confidential information in a professional manner; above average computer skills (including proficiency with publishing software, Microsoft Office Suite, and an understanding of database systems). Above average writing skills preferred with required experience in graphic design, HTML/web design, and development of print and digital marketing and methods. Higher education or nonprofit experience is preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, marketing, or a related field. Two to three years of related experience. Proven competency in digital marketing methods is desired.
Wells College is a small coeducational liberal arts college located in the village of Aurora, New York, which offers affordable, family-friendly living within a half hour's drive of Ithaca and within a 75 minute radius of Rochester, Syracuse and numerous other colleges and universities – an area rich in natural, educational and cultural resources. Wells College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. The College seeks to promote diversity in all of its hires to create a multicultural teaching, learning, and working environment; members of under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications should be submitted online at www.wells.edu/employment and include a cover letter, resume, writing examples and the names and contact information of three references. All materials submitted should be in PDF. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.