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Director of Advancement and Campaign Communication

Haverford College invites applications for our full-time (37.5 hours per week), exempt, benefits-eligible Director of Advancement and Campaign Communications opportunity. 

Haverford Offers Great Benefits: The College offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes possible work-from-home opportunities, automatic 10% retirement contribution to your retirement account upon eligibility (no match required), a 50% tuition benefit for dependent children upon eligibility, 14 paid holidays (including the week before New Year’s Day off), Health Savings Account contribution of $650 for individuals and$1300 for families (no match required), affordable medical plans, and a beautiful arboretum campus with walking trail and easy public transportation access. Please visit the Benefits page ( for more information.

Work Location: This position will be eligible for a hybrid work schedule, pursuant to the College’s Work Location Policy.

About Institutional Advancement

The next decade will be a time of significant transformation and growth as Haverford approaches the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1833. This is an exciting time to join Haverford’s Institutional Advancement (IA) team – a team whose work helps to strengthen the unique learning experience at the core of the College’s mission. With a people-first, data-driven approach to philanthropy, the IA team builds and stewards relationships with the College’s deep constituency base. Under new leadership and with a focus on the future, the IA team is expanding its impact by leading a comprehensive, multi-faceted campaign aligned with Haverford’s strategic plan, Haverford 2030. As the campaign ramps up, the team is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated philanthropy professionals who want to innovate and usher Haverford College into a new era.

Built upon a Quaker foundation of hands-on, values-based learning, Haverford fosters a transformative, inclusive community of inquisitive students, exceptional faculty, and dedicated staff who are wholly invested in the institution. Haverford instills in its students self-directed leadership and active engagement within the College and beyond, leading to an alumni constituency, including parents, families, friends, and more, who believe deeply in the College’s mission and are committed to Haverford’s long-term success and sustainability in an ever-changing landscape.

About the Position
The Director of Advancement and Campaign Communications will be responsible for setting and leading an exciting marketing and communications strategy and program that advances the fundraising efforts of Haverford College’s Institutional Advancement (IA) division for colleagues and programs in alumni and family engagement, special events, annual giving, campaign programming, donor relations and stewardship, major gifts (including parent and athletics giving), and planned giving. In partnership with Haverford’s College Communications team, the Director will lead all marketing and communication efforts for IA to prepare for the upcoming campaign, increase stakeholder engagement in ongoing fundraising and alumni engagement activities, complement and reinforce college-wide messages, engage audiences in new ways, and extend messaging across all digital and traditional media and channels.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee all marketing and communication efforts for IA including needs assessments, design, production, and implementation, ensuring compelling and consistent messaging across all external communications and marketing materials while using data to drive decision-making and planning
  • Partner with Haverford’s College Communications team on strategies to ensure messaging is aligned with other Haverford communications, including the Haverford website, Alumni Weekend, and other college-wide and IA-specific special events
  • Collaborate with the IA senior leadership and directors on the development and management of comprehensive short and long-term fundraising marketing and communication plans including detailing goals, tactics, timelines, budgets, and projections to increase alumni and constituent engagement and philanthropic support
  • Lead the development and management of marketing and communications for the forthcoming comprehensive campaign, including overseeing all external vendors and partners, while working closely with colleagues across IA, the President’s office, and the College Communications team to ensure consistent messaging aligned with the overall communications strategy for Haverford College
  • Ensure the strategies and content for Advancement Communications are conceived of and designed with a lens toward inclusivity, utilizing targeted segmentation strategies employed to engage underrepresented communities, especially BIPOC and LGBTQ+, women, young alumni, and international alumni
  • Other duties as needed to perform the functions of this position

Line of Report: The Director of Advancement and Campaign Communications reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. This position has one direct report and will oversee communications-related vendors, including editors and proofreaders.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience
  • Six years of experience in communications

Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement innovative short and long-range communication and marketing strategies that broadly impact a division or organization
  • Experience building and implementing strategic marketing and communications plans including oversight of others and project management
  • Excellent communication skills including extensive experience with writing and editing
  • Ability to work independently and lead others in effectively prioritizing work and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to think and engage critically, strategically, and creatively about the work across Institutional Advancement and within the context of the Campaign and broader Haverford community
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a deadline-driven work environment while managing multiple projects and competing priorities with a high-level of attention to detail
  • Ability to work with confidential materials and situations with sensitivity, diplomacy, and discretion
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Office Suite, mass email programs (such as Mailchimp)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in fundraising communications strategy including writing proposals and appeals
  • Knowledge of alumni engagement and fundraising programs
  • Familiarity with a liberal arts or higher education setting
  • Understanding of database management (specifically within Raiser’s Edge) and website host/platform management

We are aware that some people are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career trajectory, such as having skills and abilities gained outside a classroom context, or an equivalent skill set. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications.

Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid U.S. Drivers’ License and ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Record check
  • Must be willing to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to serve in an “on call” capacity for all emergency communications needs

To Apply: Interested applicants are invited to submit an application including a cover letter and resume by visiting The application deadline is January 3, 2024. Application review will begin after the deadline has passed. Please email with questions about submitting your materials. Should the search committee be interested in pursuing your candidacy, you will hear from them directly. Finalists will be asked to provide three professional references.

Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and providing equal opportunities and access to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status. Women, non-binary and transgender individuals, people of color, Indigenous people, and those with other or multiple historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities are especially encouraged to apply. Haverford College and our consortial partners are located on Lenape lands.

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