Executive Director, Advancement Communications and Donor Relations
The executive director for Advancement Communications and Donor Relations will develop and lead a comprehensive advancement communications and donor relations strategy as a member of the University Advancement leadership team. This role will be a key architect of Bentley University’s strategy to communicate the central role philanthropy plays in advancing Bentley’s mission.
The executive director will be a strong collaborator with members of the university’s Marketing and Communications senior leadership team, leveraging the power and resources of the full Marketing and Communications division to achieve University Advancement objectives. The incumbent will ensure that the ongoing communications strategy for University Advancement complements that of the university and that all branding and identity guidelines, design specifications, tone and voice standards set by Marketing and Communications are consistently followed.
The executive director oversees the Stewardship and Donor Relations team and is the chief strategist for Advancement Communications and will direct the work of a team of dedicated Advancement Communications professionals nested within the university’s Marketing and Communications function.
The Advancement Communications and Donor Relations function is charged with communicating the impact of philanthropic support from case and proposal development through reporting to existing donors. The Executive Director is a consummate story-teller who can creatively and compellingly communicate complex messages across mediums from print and digital to in-person events.
The incumbent will be a positive leader who is able to work collaboratively across the organization with a commitment to excellence and accountability. This role is best suited to someone who is agile, adaptable, solution-oriented, and committed to innovation and continuous improvement. The incumbent should be excited to shape a team committed to becoming a peerless advancement organization and will be a keeper of a strong, positive culture committed to personal and professional growth in a fun, collegial, and flexible work environment.
This role reports to the Vice President for University Advancement and will collaborate closely with the university's Vice President for Marketing and Communications to ensure consistency in the communication of the university's overall brand and message to alumni and donors.