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Manager, Advancement Communications

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Advancement

The Manager of Advancement Communications provides strategic, well-written, creative, and persuasive communications to support fundraising efforts for Pepperdine University and its advancement staff. Through informative and persuasive communications for print and digital resources, this position encourages many constituencies to support the mission of Pepperdine and the students we serve. The work of this position reflects and advances our mission and is used as a positive influence in making friends and raising funds for the University. Communications prepared by the manager are used by senior administrators and major gift officers, as well as in printed publications, representing the University's highest standards.


  • Serve as principal writer of scripts, donor profiles, and other communication elements for special events including fundraising dinners, graduations, dedications, Founder's Day, and other University programs.
  • Manage promotional, marketing, and fundraising projects with advancement liaisons, alumni affairs, and academic deans; coordinate mailing and committee communications for the duration of each project.
  • Compose and update annually thank you letters for special interest groups including, but not limited to, the Pepperdine Associates, Boone Center for the Family, Center for the Arts, and Friends of the Family League.
  • Interview students, faculty, alumni, and donors for University Advancement communications such as newsletter articles, gift proposals, and outreach materials.
  • Compose and produce custom thank you letters on behalf of the president and senior vice president for advancement and public affairs.
  • Monitor University Advancement's pledge system, tracking payments due and following up with prospect managers to confirm appropriate follow up with the donor; compose and produce gift reminders.
  • Research and write fundraising proposals and letters of inquiry, cover letters, and supplementary narratives used by leadership and major gift officers.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor's degree; 3-5 years of communications and marketing experience. Superior written and oral communications skills, creative writing, marketing, and public relations in higher education; strong independent judgment.

Preferred: Degree in journalism, English, communications, or marketing/public relations preferred; experience in an educational or nonprofit setting preferred. Use of fundraising software, e.g. Raiser's Edge; aptitude with word processing and presentation software for PC and Mac, knowledge of Adobe creative applications, e.g. InCopy and InDesign; understanding of web, multimedia, and social media technologies and trends. 

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening.

This is a regular, exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience 

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