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Specialist, Advancement Communications

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Work type: Restricted
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Advancement, Communication/PR/Marketing

The Specialist, 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 specialist are used by senior administrators and major gift officers, as well as in printed publications, representing the University's highest standards.


  • Compose and produce custom thank-you letters for significant gifts on behalf of the president and senior vice president for advancement and public affairs.
  • Monitor outstanding pledges made to the University, tracking due/overdue payments and working with prospect managers to confirm appropriate follow-up with the donor; compose and produce gift reminders when deemed appropriate by prospect managers.
  • Compose and edit 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.
  • Produce and manage content for the Advancement section of the University website, particularly human-interest stories that involve interviewing students, faculty, alumni, and/or donors.
  • Research and write fundraising proposals and letters of inquiry, cover letters, and supplementary narratives used by leadership and major gift officers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

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 in creative writing, marketing, and/or public relations; strong independent judgment.

Preferred: Degree in journalism, English, communications, or marketing/public relations; experience in an educational or nonprofit setting; has had original work published for an external audience 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. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Restricted, Nonexempt, 40 hour per week position.

Expected Pay Range: $21.63 - $24.04 per hour 

The above pay range reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this position at time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on relevant factors such as work experience, market conditions, education/training, and skill level. In addition to base pay, Pepperdine offers a robust and highly competitive benefits package.

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