Associate Director, Advancement Communications

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Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.

Since its founding by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has welcomed men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Bates was the first co-educational college in New England, and some of its earliest students were former slaves. The college continues to live that promise of inclusiveness.

Bates offers a rigorous and highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.

The college is proud of it deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, a small city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.

The Position

The Office of College Advancement, with counsel and support from the Board of Trustees, the Alumni Council, Bates Fund Executive Committee, and other key volunteers, develops a cohesive strategic plan for alumni engagement, fundraising, and marketing — one which is thoughtful, innovative, and resourceful, and which strengthens the bonds between constituents and the college. Engaged alumni are essential to the continued health and financial well-being of the college.

The Associate Director of Advancement Communications will support the college’s engagement and fundraising priorities by collaborating with the Directors of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement to create a comprehensive and cohesive strategy for communications across teams, as well as team-specific plans and ensure seamless integration with other advancement marketing efforts and communications.

Serve as primary point of contact and liaison to Bates Communications Office. Ensure that Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement communications maintain overarching college brand identity and adhere to BCO strategy. Oversee project management timeline and revision process to adhere to deadlines.

This is a full-time, 12 month position. Travel including day and overnight trips is required.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree.

The ideal candidate will have:

5+ years of experience in advancement in a higher education setting or equivalent marketing/public relations experience.
Experience in institutional advancement or equivalent service/public relations work with donor/volunteer constituencies.
Demonstrated success in planning large events is required.
High attention to detail balanced with a strategic vision for multifaceted programs.
The candidate must have a record of successful collaboration with multiple constituencies, including volunteers, donors, and colleagues.
Ability to craft and manage programs as well as mentor junior professionals.
Flexibility and a sense of humor are both essential.
Excellent communication (written, verbal and presentation) skills. Ability to write concise, logical, analytical reports to convey complex issues. Lead group discussions.
Ability to remain composed, friendly and demonstrate poise under stress while working in a deadline driven environment.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; and experience working with complex data sets.
Impeccable organizational skills and ability to coordinate resources and staff within the college community.
Strong presentation skills and ability to develop dynamic presentations.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.  Must be flexible, collaborative and have a positive attitude.
Ability to work independently and as a team player and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
Keen attention to detail necessary for successful documentation, planning and execution.
Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus) domestically and internationally as needed.
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other non-traditional schedules.
Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
Successful completion of a background check.


Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, 24 days of vacation, 12 paid holidays, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)

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