CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.
About the University
One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor's degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.
About the Division
The mission of University Advancement is to grow the resources, reputation and relationships of the university. The division oversees marketing and communications, development and all fundraising programs, alumni relations, government and community relations, university events, Radio Station 88.5, and the CSUN Foundation, which manages all philanthropic assets of the university.
Under general supervision of the Director of University Communications, the Development Communications Officer is a member of the Marketing and Communications team. The incumbent plays a key role in the overall effort to enhance the university's resources, reputation and relationships; manages university-level development communications; ensures all development materials communicate with consistency and are relevant to the university's key messages and brand; compiles, analyzes and integrates development-related news, events and activities into appropriate media, publications and Web/electronic communications; develops persuasive content for grants and other proposals; serves as a point of contact for university development-related print, electronic and event-related projects, including case statements, campaign materials, magazine feature stories and speeches; researches, implements and presents new strategies that will significantly impact messaging on Web pages and other online content, brochures, invitations and direct mail (electronic and regular mail); leads innovative and process improvement efforts for development acknowledgement letters and reports and other stewardship strategies; manages all aspects of a project including oversight of freelance writers, photographers and graphic designers; and performs other duties as assigned.
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in English/literature, communications, journalism, public relations or a related field required. Equivalent to five (5) years of full-time, progressively responsible relevant experience. Oversight and administration of a program with supervision and/or lead experience. Substantial and progressively responsible experience in project management and experience with donor database integration with various communication methods, preferred. Strong supervisory experience in managing freelance team, workflow and production schedules, is a plus. Higher education or nonprofit development communications experience strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Thorough knowledge of general practices, program, and/or administrative specialty, and operational and fiscal analysis and techniques. Advanced knowledge of policies, procedures, and outside regulations pertaining to development of print, Web and social media. Ability and specialized skills to: take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved; investigate and analyze problems with a broad administrative impact and implications; train others and provide lead work direction; interpret, and apply a wide variety of policies and procedures to develop conclusions and make recommendations; analyze data and make accurate projections using business mathematics and basic statistics; communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Strong proposal and grant writing skills, as well as experience in developing case statements. Ability to: edit HTML and make changes in Web page templates and HTML email newsletters to accommodate content; analyze, interpret, integrate and present data and information for the purpose of creating new methods and strategic short- and long-term development-related communications; lead innovative and process improvement efforts and develop new approaches and solutions; address technical issues from an interactive perspective using advanced research and analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to: work independently, to manage time and work load, to multitask, and to achieve goals in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment often involving working with complex, sensitive and confidential stakeholder information; create, design and organize information for effective presentation in publications, websites and other media; develop, package and produce development-related editorial content for websites; effectively communicate with internal staff and external stakeholders and audiences; quickly and effectively gather information by means of interviews, database research, etc.; work both collaboratively and independently; interact effectively with a wide variety of people on- and off-campus. Superior writing, editing and proofreading skills with the ability to present information clearly and creatively and implement university tone and style; skillful online editor and writer with excellent new media writing and storytelling skills.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
The university offers an excellent benefits package.
The salary range for this classification is: 4693 - 8489 per month.
The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $4693 - $6785, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
HOURS: Full-Time; 40 hours per week; 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. May include some evenings and weekends.
REG: This is a Regular position with a one-year probationary period.
Applications received through January 4, 2021, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
How to Apply
Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link below:
This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.
The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Equal Employment Opportunity
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.
One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to historically underrepresented students and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard of hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.