Associate Director – Advancement Communications, Duquesne University

Position Summary:

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Advancement Communications
Position Status: Full-time
Position Number: 10-534
Hours: Varied
FLSA Status: Exempt
To Apply:

The Associate Director reports to the Executive Director of Advancement Communications and is responsible for completing a wide range of assignments for key Advancement departments including (but not limited to) Annual Giving, Major and Planned Giving and Alumni Engagement. Tasks are primarily (but not exclusively) focused on digital outreach via the Web, email and social media applications.

The Associate Director must be able to work independently, as a supervisor, and as a team member to develop and implement communications plans that assist these units in building relationships with individuals and organizations and securing funding from a variety of sources.

The position requires an experienced and organized writer and proven self-starter, capable of exercising creativity and innovation within established University branding standards. It involves significant interaction with members of the University Advancement team and with University administrators, faculty, staff, at all levels, as well as alumni and friends, parents of students and other stakeholders outside of the immediate University community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Develops and executes comprehensive and coordinated digital communications plans for all areas of University Advancement, aligned with University-wide integrated marketing strategy, to increase constituent engagement and giving. Integrates electronic communications strategies with planning for print collateral.

Establishes relevant metrics, conducts analysis, and develops reports on digital engagement performance to evaluate current and future strategies and tactics and identify potential donors and volunteers.

Consults and assists in master marketing planning and execution for Homecoming and other major Alumni relations initiatives.

Works with the Communication and Marketing Committee of the Alumni Board of Governors and other alumni volunteers to assess communication and marketing strategies, identify areas of growth and expand the reach of alumni communications.

Supervises one full-time professional (Advancement Communications Coordinator) and is responsible for recruitment, training and supervision of Advancement Communications student intern or work-study.

Assists Executive Director with planning for Advancement Communications initiatives.

Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.


Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in journalism, communications, public relations, English, marketing or a closely related field.

10 years of related professional experience.

Preferred qualifications:

Related professional experience in a University Advancement, corporate, agency or nonprofit setting.

Knowledge and experience with Adobe Creative Suite applications for print (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and/or video production (Premiere Pro).

Alternately, the successful candidate will possess any equivalent combination or training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Related professional experience which demonstrates strong writing, creative, organizational, interpersonal and project management skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel).
  • Extensive knowledge of online community management/broadcast email tools (such as iModules), web content management systems (such as Ingeniux) and social media applications and platforms (including—but not limited to—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse colleagues and stakeholders at all levels and to work independently or as a team member, depending on project requirements.
  • Ability to handle confidential materials and information with the utmost discretion; willingness and capability to articulate the mission and goals of a private Catholic University.
  • Sensitivity to the need of each individual to be treated with dignity and respect as it relates to diversity in general and the Mission of the University specifically.
  • Willingness to contribute actively to the University Mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The Mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.

Work is generally performed at a desk or work station.

Occasional working attendance at evening and/or weekend events will be required.

Off-campus travel (usually within the Pittsburgh area) to attend University events may occasionally be required.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region’s HERC (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.

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