Information & Responsibilities
Reporting to the Vice President, CalArts Campaign, the Director of Advancement Communications inspires donor and volunteer engagement by providing coordinated, strategic, integrated marketing and communications solutions in support of the Campaign for CalArts. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker and superb writer with excellent interpersonal and project management skills.
The position has primary responsibility for telling stories about the impact of giving, writing case statements and proposals, and creating stewardship and marketing materials for the Institute’s donors and prospective donors. Projects will include developing letters in the voice of senior leaders, writing and editing proposals, case statements, direct appeals, website copy, stewardship reporting and event collateral. The position requires the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, serving as the lead on projects that involve colleagues in design, web, video, and/or digital services and require input from various internal stakeholders.
Prior experience in planning and managing complex marketing/communications programs, coordinating the roles of multiple project contributors, setting priorities and schedules, and meeting deadlines with a minimum of supervision is required.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Primarily focuses on writing, structuring, and organizing fundraising proposals and materials that may contain specialized academic or artistic material and other key communications that are created for individual donors, foundations, or corporate foundations. These frequently involve writing or editing specialized academic or artistic material in support of fundraising by the Advancement team and diverse campus units.
• Understanding the Institutes fundraising goals, articulating how these goals advance the mission of CalArts, and conveying the impact of philanthropy to a variety of audiences.
• Demonstrated sound judgment in situations that require independent decision-making, problem solving, and handling confidential and sensitive materials.
• Demonstrated ability to lead and apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
• Working collaboratively with various teams within the Office of Advancement to develop targeted communications products.
• Tailoring written materials to inspire different audiences through a variety of channels. Coordinating reviews by internal and external partners and incorporating feedback.
• Managing production of communications projects and publications, tracking schedules and budgets, and adhering to deadlines.
• Leading project meetings and participating in regular department-wide and team meetings.
• Working closely with in-house design, online, and video teams.
• Consults with and advises Advancement team and faculty, regarding their communications needs in order to develop strategic approaches for proposals and other projects that utilize customized content and messages.
• Political savvy, integrity, discretion and pragmatic consensus building skills required.
• Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills and a highly professional image with the ability to interact with faculty, staff, donors and volunteers at all levels required.
• This position requires someone with a strong commitment to and passion for the mission of California Institute of the Arts.
• A professional understanding of and appreciation for Philanthropy is preferred.
• Experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite with InDesign skills strongly preferred.
• Strong social media and email marketing skills; understanding of and ability to analyze social media and email marketing data required.
• Experience storyboarding, scripting, and producing/directing videos preferred,
• Strong writing, editing, and proofreading experience.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google and Adobe applications.
• Critical thinking skills required.
Minimum level of education required is a Bachelor's degree. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
This position requires a minimum of 5-7 years of professional experience in writing, communications or donor relations, preferably in a large or complex institution, or the equivalent level of experience in other non-profit or for-profit environments.
How to Apply
Position is available immediately. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please indicate in the subject line: Director of Advancement Communications in order to be considered.
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.