The Assistant Director of Donor Communications supports various
donor communications strategies for the University of Colorado.
This primarily entails overseeing the creation of compelling,
memorable, and imaginative communications that share CU’s story
with donors so they’re inspired to support what matters to
Primary duties include managing, creating, and optimizing
philanthropic donor communications through messaging platforms,
stories and narratives, creative and process strategy, partner
relationships, and project development. This position
supervises a small team that creates written, visual, and event
content—and frequently creates that content, too.
This role is a vital part of a Marketing and Communications team
that pushes new creative boundaries with every project. We are a
visionary and inventive group whose work backs our mission:
inspiring donors to support CU to improve lives in Colorado and
around the world.
This position reports to the Executive Director of Marketing and
Communications and is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified
The CU System Office of Advancement provides excellent customer
service, strategy, expertise, and efficiency to our partners on
CU’s campuses and at the University of Colorado Foundation. We
support CU’s fundraising and engagement goals through advancement
operations that include constituent research and development, data
management, business intelligence, technical architecture, annual
giving, planned giving, marketing and communications, IT, budget
and finance, and more. We believe that a healthy office culture is
foundational to our success. We create this by bringing together a
diverse team of colleagues and infusing our core values—Work
Together, Think Big, Be Good and Have Fun—into our work every
Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but
are not limited to:
Develop a broad donor communications strategy that results in
strong brand, identity, and direction for CU advancement
Direct the development of donor communications platforms,
including all their components, such as messaging, channels,
audiences, timelines, and deliverables.
Oversee the execution of creative output, including writing,
editing, design, photography, video, illustration, and animation
while ensuring they meet quality and brand guidelines.
Partner with annual giving, planned giving, events, stewardship
and campus teams to develop creative for donor communications.
Write, edit, and produce creative materials in varied media to
support fundraising, including gift solicitation, stewardship, and
Manage team members (2 full-time equivalent [FTE] professionals)
and hire and train employees within the department.
Support multi-campus advancement leadership communications
related to presidential-level engagement.
Determine both short- and long-term project roadmaps for the
donor communications team.
Collaborate with marketing colleagues to develop enhanced
audience-analysis and marketing-intelligence strategies.
Hire and manage contract freelancers and vendors, as needed.
Help author strategic performance plans to support the
objectives of CU, System Advancement, and the team.
Maintain quality oversight by conducting regular reviews of team
members’ work to evaluate for accuracy and overall delivery of
services and customer experience.
Provide regular feedback to team members and coach for
To be successful in this position, candidates will need
Expert team leadership skills.
Expert project management skills.
Expert verbal and written communication skills.
Expert writing, storytelling, editing, and proofreading
Knowledge of strategic communications principles related to
higher education or philanthropy.
Ability to develop strategic donor communications plans that are
predicated on consistent messaging, precise audiences, and
Ability to create original compelling and inspirational content
for donor audiences.
Ability to think visually and create content ideas related to
page design, graphic design, photography, web, audio, and
Ability to generate content ideas through brainstorms, research,
interviews, and other means.
Knowledge of layout and graphic design principles.
Knowledge of brand-adherence principles.
Knowledge of principles related to photography, video
production, website design, social media, eComm platforms, and
content management (CMS) tools.
Collaboration skills, including the ability to work with various
partners, including donors, fundraisers, executives, peers, and
Exceptional interpersonal skills and abilities: communication,
listening, teamwork, transparency, integrity, and
Ability to create goals that can be identified, measured, and
Strong organizational, time-management, and problem-solving
Strong knowledge of and skill using Microsoft Office
Knowledge of Associated Press (AP) or similar grammar style and
Please ensure your resume includes any and all relevant
experience to be accurately assessed against these
qualifications. You must meet all minimum requirements listed
at the time of application to be considered for this role.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher
education in communications or field of study related to the work
performed, or equivalent professional experience (the educational
requirement may be substituted for professional experience on a
year for year basis).
Five (5) years of professional communications experience, which
Three (3) years of experience writing and editing content for
One (1) year of experience in a lead or supervisory role, which
may include assigning and reviewing the work of others, providing
guidance to internal and external team members, and/or assisting
management with performance reviews.
Seven (7) years of professional communications experience, as
Two (2) years of experience in a lead or supervisory role, as
Experience working in higher education or at a nonprofit.
Experience managing external vendors or internal clients
Understanding of and experience with hypertext markup
language (HTML), cascading style sheets (CSS), and user
interface/user experience (UI/UX) principles.