Associate Director, Development Communications at University of Miami

Posted in Other 8 days ago.

Location: Miami, Florida

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The University of Miami is considered among the top-tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, innovation, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes to making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 16,000 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations supports and promotes the mission, purpose, and priorities of the University of Miami through fundraising and engagement by building and nurturing strategic philanthropic relationships to improve and transform the lives of individuals and communities. We are committed to values central to the Division-Service, Gratitude, Trust, and Partnership-which guide our strategic thinking, decision-making, and day-to-day interaction with each other and our stakeholders.

General Overview:

The Associate Director of Development Communications assists the Senior Director of Communications in all communications related to the Office of Medical Development & Alumni Relations, including Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. This includes directing the workflow of the department in the Sr. Director's absence, representing the Sr. Director in meetings and/or exchanges with pertinent administrators regarding departmental requests, and coordinating assignments with the other writers, as needed. In addition, the Associate Director will serve as the lead writer for more donor and alumni-associated projects. This includes, and is not limited to, articles, events, campaigns, and other projects regarding donors, prospective donors, and medical alumni.

The Associate Director of Communications assists in all development-related publications, audio-visual materials,and digital and electronic media, and is responsible for helping to innovate and develop donor or alumni-related campaigns.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the representative/delegate for the Sr. Director of Development Communications, directing the workflow of the department, representing the Sr. Director at meetings, and coordinating assignments with the other writers or colleagues, as needed.

  • Serve as lead writer for donor and alumni-related assignments as requested by the President, Sr. Vice President of University Advancement, Associate Vice Presidents, , and Development Officers.

  • Assist with talking points and speeches for the President, Sr. Vice President of University Advancement, Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, CEO of UHealth - the University of Miami Health System - and other leaders, as needed

  • Assist Sr. Director with writing assignments, such as donor or alumni articles, web and social media content, direct mail campaigns, and nominations for awards.

  • Assist Sr. Director with writing assignments, and other elements necessary to the development and presentation of the the University of Miami Medicine Magazine

  • Interview and develop relationships with key donors and alumni who are featured in medical school publications.

  • Participate in developing audio/visual and electronic media strategies for online and print fundraising projects.

  • Participate in script writing, producing, and field producing of department video creations.

  • Assist with the concept, writing and design of a monthly e-newsletter.

  • Assist with writing and the design of fundraising material, including powerpoint presentations, CASE statements, and web communications.

  • Help source and maintain content for the Division's alumni social media sites and create deployment strategies based on knowledge of analytics.

  • Assist with writing of collateral pieces for Division special events, such as the Donors and Scholars Luncheon and Medical Alumni Weekend.

  • Assist with editing and proofreading of invitations, programs, proposals, and other items, as needed.

  • Assist with researching subject matter and interviewing of physicians and donors for published articles.

  • Participate and attend evening and/or weekend events and activities, as needed, in support of the mission of the University and Division of Development and Alumni Relations.

  • Assist with maintaining strong lines of communication between the President and University Communications team, Miller School communications team, and communication officers of various schools and colleges.

  • Assist with the digital archiving of communications articles, photos, and other collateral.

  • Assist with securing estimates, consulting agreements, and invoices from independent contractors and ensuring proper routing through University channels for payment.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities, as necessary.


Candidate must have a bachelor's degree and three years' effective and relevant work experience is required. Equivalent combinations of education/experience may be considered. Must have excellent command of the English language, both oral and written. Ability to communicate in Spanish is an asset. Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Access, required.

The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, tuition remission and more.

UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.

Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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