ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
Harvey Mudd College
Location: Claremont, California
Higher Education Institution
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
The Associate Director initiates, researches and produces content for projects that span a variety of advancement and alumni marketing campaigns and media, including print collateral, presentations, speeches, emails, ads, promotional materials, events, social media, videos and websites. Focus is on supporting the College’s long-term advancement objectives, including increasing private support and strengthening Harvey Mudd’s global visibility as well as providing communications and marketing support for the College’s next comprehensive fundraising campaign. The Associate Director is a skilled relationship builder who is an exemplary writer, has an engaging personality, has demonstrated expertise in developing creative material from idea to execution and thinks strategically about how to communicate with various audiences to accomplish key strategic priorities.
Working independently and under limited direction, the Associate Director works collaboratively within Advancement and across the College to achieve shared goals. The ideal candidate is an original thinker, inquisitive and enjoys solving complex communications and marketing problems in collaboration with specialists in design, photography, video and interactive media. The Associate Director understands the power of storytelling and knows how to bring an idea to life on the page, on the screen or in a live event setting.
About Harvey Mudd College:
Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 900 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Associate Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Serves as the primary point of contact and collaborates with Advancement Division staff, including Annual Giving, Stewardship/Events, Development, Planned Giving, Alumni and Parent Relations, and other campus divisions, to create compelling and persuasive copy for fundraising and communications materials to inform and inspire current and prospective funding partners and to advance private support of the College through strategic and on-brand messaging.
Conceives, researches and develops written and multimedia content covering a range of subjects related to the College for print publications targeting various audiences.
Works closely with the Director of Communications/Senior Editor to write compelling content for Mudd Magazine.
Works closely with the Associate Director of Communications and the Director of Public Relations to provide multimedia content for social media and web sites.
Works closely with Website Manager/Editor to regularly audit and update Advancement website content in partnership with content editors from the Advancement Division.
Tracks and captures outcomes and measures of success to inform and evaluate campaigns and initiatives.
Researches, writes and edits copy for special projects and events as assigned.
Ensures consistency with messaging, theme, brand, design and content by helping develop and update the College’s editorial guidelines and standards.
Works effectively as a member of the Advancement team by developing collaborative relationships within the department and across campus.
Maintains and extends professional competencies and effectiveness through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts, attending professional development courses and attending training and/or courses.
Contributes to the overall success of the College by performing these duties in a manner consistent with the mission, goals and stated values of Harvey Mudd College.
Performs all other essential duties as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Demonstrated expertise producing editorial content and adjusting tone and message for all manner of collateral and deliverables, print and digital, across a wide variety of audiences.
Exceptional verbal, written and creative visual communications skills that include an understanding of the importance of language, voice and story and how they fit into marketing strategy.
Superior proofreading, editing, interviewing and writing skills, including the ability to tailor writing to a variety of individual styles and to make a persuasive case.
Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while paying attention to detail and accuracy.
Research and analytical skills.
Ability to use multiple software programs, including Microsoft Office applications, and to work in a Macintosh environment.
Strong computer/database skills, preferably with CRMs and spreadsheets.
Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of communications, publications, media and/or marketing in order to execute the College’s integrated marketing and communications strategy across various channels.
Demonstrated expertise in writing for interactive media, including Web and social media channels.
Excellent customer service and public relations skills. Expert networking and interpersonal skills, including strong consultative skills to work with internal and external constituents.
Ability to develop clear content for specific audiences and to write to the style of key individuals.
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others and conduct interviews with varied constituents, including faculty, staff, students and donors.
Ability to be self-directed and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Demonstrated success working in a team environment and forming positive, effective working relationships.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English or a related filed, or a combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position.
Experience: Seven or more years of experience in communications, marketing, journalism, public relations or media relations, preferably in a higher education or non-profit environment.
Licenses/Certifications: Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and driving record acceptable to the College’s automobile insurance carrier.
While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is regularly required to sit; stand use hands and fingers and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The individual must regularly lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Hours: The regular hours are 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Monday – Friday. Hours frequently vary, including evenings and weekends, due to needs of the department or College.
This is an exempt, full-time, benefits-eligible position.
The anticipated starting salary range is $74,000 - $77,500/year. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Reports to the Director of Communications/Senior Editor
Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information on how to submit an application. Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.
Deadline to apply:
Position will remain open until filled.
All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed at HMC and for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is approved/authorized by the FDA, must be vaccinated against COVID-19, including the COVID-19 vaccine booster and provide proof of vaccination and booster, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.
This job description defines the essential job duties of the position. Harvey Mudd College expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employment is at-will and employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.