Associate Director, Executive Communications

Northwestern University

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Position Details

Associate Director, Executive Communications
Chicago Illinois
Evanston, IL

Job ID: 44092

Location: Evanston, Illinois

Department: Alumni Relations & Development

Salary/Grade: EXS/8

Please note: The target budgeted salary for this position is $75,000 - $80,000 annually. Offers will be based on candidate experience and education, as well as equity within Northwestern University.

Job Summary:

The associate director of executive communications is an accomplished writer, editor, and strategist with broad-based responsibilities for planning, managing, and implementing a wide range of communications on behalf of Northwestern Alumni Relations and Development. In collaboration with the senior associate director of executive communications and other Marketing and Communications colleagues, the associate director of executive communications manages a portfolio of projects, interacting directly with internal and external clients and senior administrators throughout the University. The associate director leads the development of editorial content for the University’s fundraising efforts and enhances the overall communications efforts for engaging Northwestern alumni, with an emphasis on executive communications, including high-level fundraising proposals and collateral, white papers, and leadership messages.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop, direct, and execute the overall editorial content strategies for the Northwestern alumni and donor audiences.
  • Work with ARD colleagues to create strategic editorial content plans for both print and digital media, consistent with Northwestern and ARD brand standards.
  • Serve as an integral part of ARD Marketing and Communications to ensure close collaboration and strategic alignment among team members and colleagues throughout ARD.
  • Act as a business partner with colleagues throughout ARD in the development and implementation of the department’s strategic marketing and communications vision.
  • Coach team members and colleagues in proposal development, including assignment and prioritization of projects, editing of team members’ work, and other responsibilities. 


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Eight years of marketing/communications or other relevant experience. 

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment and collaborate closely with others on the team, across groups, and one on one.
  • Organized with ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills; ability to distill complex academic information into consumer-friendly marketing communications.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong attention to detail. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education advancement or comparable setting. 
  • Experience writing fundraising proposals and/or in marketing planning and production.


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