Director of Advancement Communications, (Hybrid Eligible)

Director of Advancement Communications, (Hybrid Eligible)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Director of Advancement Communications, (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Associate Director D

Job Description Summary
The Director of Advancement Communications is responsible for overseeing a communications program that targets donors, alumni, and volunteers and generates support for the School's priorities. As part of a multi-function team including donor relations, events, graphic design, and digital media, the Director will work closely with the Executive Director to promote the reputation of the School and foster engagement among its supporters and alumni. The Director of Advancement Communications will also collaborate closely with SASOA's major gift officers and senior management team and will manage one direct report.

Job Description

Penn Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world's leading research universities. The largest of Penn's academic divisions, SAS is the home of 27 departments that represent a full range of disciplines. The College, SAS's undergraduate division, enrolls 6,500 students and is the largest undergraduate school at Penn. SAS also includes the Graduate Division, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies and numerous research centers and programs. The School's Office of Advancement recognizes the importance of the liberal arts as the source of knowledge that changes the world and education that changes individual's lives and is committed to generating enthusiasm and support for the School and its mission.

  • Lead the School's advancement communications program, with a focus on highlighting fundraising priorities and managing a range of projects and initiatives to support alumni/donor engagement.
  • Oversee the work of one staff writer.
  • Provide creative input and write marketing copy in support of the School's annual fund programs.
  • Develop compelling web and print-based content to promote giving opportunities at the School and manage processes for maintaining updated materials in print and electronic formats.
  • Produce/oversee production and distribution of development and alumni engagement e-newsletters.
  • Develop major gift proposals to encourage donor investment in the School.
  • Draft remarks for all advancement events involving the Dean.
  • Manage content for the School website's alumni-facing content and contribute to the continuing enhancement of that site.
  • Coordinate with other members of the SASOA Communications team to incorporate fundraising objectives into the School's social media efforts.
  • Work with major donors to the School, fundraising staff, and other internal stakeholders to announce significant gifts; seek additional opportunities for publicity for gifts and/or major donors.
  • Liaison with the Director of Donor Relations to ensure consistency in messaging, accurate and appropriate recognition of donors in School and center University publications, and coordination of resources across the donor relations and communications teams.
  • Serve as SASOA liaison with DAR Marketing and Communications. Work in partnership with Penn DAR Marketing and Communications staff to leverage opportunities for visibility of School donors and initiatives in University-wide publications and portals.


Bachelor's degree and 5 to 7 years of work experience in writing and producing publications are required, along with a strong portfolio of development communications projects, preferably in higher education. Excellent written and oral communication skills required; previous management experience strongly preferred. The position requires excellent professional judgment and the ability to communicate with tact and sensitivity with a broad range of constituencies including donors, faculty and senior administrators. Successful candidates must be highly creative and organized, with a proven ability to balance multiple concurrent priorities and work effectively in a large, complex institutional setting. Successful candidates will also reflect the core operating values of the SAS Office of Advancement, which include: demonstrated mutual commitment to excellence; professionalism, creativity and adaptability; respect for the roles and responsibilities of individual members of the SASOA team; a collaborative and collegial style, and transparency in communication.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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