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Associate Director of Development Communications

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Associate Director of Development Communications
Department Senior VP Health Sciences (6801)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The Associate Director of Development raises significant levels of philanthropic support for the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The Associate Director of Development will partner closely with the University of Arizona (UA) Foundation and the UAHS Development Team to create and exceed fundraising goals and objectives.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Work closely with the Director of Strategic Development Communications to implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance the University of Arizona’s Health Science fundraising priorities.
  • Partner with UAHS leaders to support development and campaign priorities with special emphasis on advancing major and principal gift relationships.
  • Collaborate with development team to create solicitation, cultivation and stewardship messages across an integrated platform.
  • Create content, text and design documents as appropriate for essential communication to donors and prospects; including visions, proposals and other targeted messaging.
  • Facilitate visioning engagement with leadership and faculty through direct consultation, active participation in relevant committees and other means.
  • Develop and facilitate internal communications.
  • Ensure all materials produced are of a consistent and uniform professional quality in accordance with university branding.
  • Work with design, print and video vendors (internal and external) as needed to provide production support for fundraising activities and collaterals.
  • Provide backup to Director of Strategic Development Communications for key functions, including media and board support.
  • Draft content for annual social media plan.
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, marketing, media relations, or public relations.
  • Eight (8) years’ experience in marketing communications or related communication fields and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated skills in development-oriented writing , with a combined strength in attention to detail and writing speed.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to diverse audiences.
  • Skill in organizing work and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working in development, research, or healthcare institutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven experience in all aspects of marketing communications and production.
  • Proficiency in major social media applications.
  • Ability to partner with high level leaders and produce effective communications within tight deadlines.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $60,000 - $80,000 Annually, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22300
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Melissa McGee,

Open Date 12/21/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/02/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Marketing, Media Relations, or Public Relations?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Upon hire, will you have at least eight (8) years’ experience in marketing communications or a related communication fields and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents