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Position summary: The Development Communication Officer position provides expertise in managing multifaceted marketing and communications campaigns MICAâs comprehensive campaign, development programs, gift planning and major gifts, alumni relations and annual giving fundraising. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for Advancement with dotted line to the Vice President for Advancement, the Development Writer is part of a professional team with a mission to increase the engagement of the College's multiple stakeholders through effective communications that promote broad philanthropic support for the College, and generally inspire strong relationships with the College.
Summary of Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Works with the College Advancement senior staff and Comprehensive Campaign team to determine their communications needs, to recommend solutions, and to execute strategies to meet defined goals
Serves as the principal liaison between Strategic Communications and Advancement, ensuring that the goals, initiatives, priorities and communications projects of Advancement are managed effectively
Works with Senior Leadership to develops an Advancement communications plans that prioritize resources on top donor prospects, but that reach all current and potential donors, managing those plans to ensure on-time and on-budget completion of all deliverables
Oversees a broad range of communications for MICAâs comprehensive fundraising campaign for and bears significant responsibility, for research, development, drafting and finalizing of materials from proposals, case statements, appeal letters, acknowledgments, grants and other communication materials
Coordinates closely with Communications to ensure cohesive, consistent graphic design strategies for fundraising and engagement communications
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Works on drafting solicitation materials, correspondence, promotional packets, donor profiles, development policies and other materials needed to communicate various messages for the Advancement initiatives and for the Comprehensive Campaign for 2026
Articulates and executes written correspondence, scripts and material for the President, Trustees and Campaign committee as relates to prospect, donor and campaign materials
In collaboration with Strategic Communications, manages the preparation and production -- from concept to completion -- of fundraising collateral, including major gift proposals, prospectuses for financial aid and other key areas, annual reports, brochures, one-pagers, and donor profiles for print and website
Works with Strategic Communications on the implementation on new material, updates and announcement for the website and social media initiatives for advancement projects
Writes key donor and prospect letters for the VP of Advancement and the President of the College to advance the work of the Comprehensive Campaign
Oversees initial drafting and editing of advancement communications-generated and/or specialized campaign content
Contributes appropriate news and story ideas from Advancement to appropriate teams within Strategic Communications, ensuring that content created is directed for the alumni, parent and donor audience
Ensures that institutional and campaign messaging is consistent and appropriately tailored to reach segmented audiences
Recommends ways to measure the effectiveness of the specific communications vehicles used and new opportunities for reaching our target audiences
Monitors project schedules for all participants to ensure that all contributors meet deadlines
Assists in helping prepare background briefs, talking points, scripts, PowerPoint presentations and other materials for use by the president and other senior leadership in their engagement with trustees, alumni, donors, parents and other key constituencies
Ensures effective internal copy review for Advancement, consistent with College standards and style
Participates in staff meetings for the College and for Advancement, as well as meetings for communications strategy, campaign planning and donor strategy, as appropriate.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent writing, oral and interpersonal communication skills are necessary
Must be an exceptionally strong writer - persuasive, clear and swift - as well as an excellent editor, attentive to message and style standards
Must be highly organized, able to juggle many priorities simultaneously, and comfortable establishing procedures for others to follow
Must be proficient in navigating databases and the Internet
The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work with students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and other constituencies
Superior interpersonal and negotiating skills and poise are necessary
Must perform well under pressure while managing competing priorities with a high degree of accuracy and diplomacy
Must maintain a high level of professionalism, honesty, and reliability and be able to handle confidential information with discretion.
Excellent research and proofreading skills
Bachelor's degree in a related field is required
Demonstrated years in public relations, marketing, alumni relations and/or development and fundraising, with significant writing responsibility is required; higher education experience is preferred
Have a record of conceiving and producing strategic, sophisticated and effective content for advancement projects.
Familiarity with non-profit organizations and the arts
Experience in higher education fundraising
Familiarity with fundraising databases, particularly Raiserâs Edge (RE)
Reporting to this position: no direct reports
Conditions of Employment:
Conditions: Satisfactory Background Check
Physical demands and work environment:
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Required training: Handbook orientation, Anti-Harassment, Hazard Communication, Emergency Plans & Fire Prevention, Personal Protection Equipment. (additional training may be added, SEE: EHS Manager training schedule)
Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status (disabled, Vietnam-era, or otherwise). Furthermore, the College does not tolerate any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. This policy applies to all programs, facilities, and activities provided by Maryland Institute College of Art, including but not limited to admission, educational programs, and employment.
Applicants must apply online for each job in which they are interested. You will not be considered for any job for which you have not specifically applied. We do not accept applications via email, U.S. mail, or fax. Successful candidates for any staff or faculty positions will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.
Internal Number: R380
About Maryland Institute College of Art
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.