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Marketing and Communications Manager

Alumni Programs and Annual Fund


Reed College seeks a Marketing and Communications Manager in our Alumni Programs and Annual Fund group. The Marketing and Communications Manager is responsible for understanding the department’s goals and developing strategic solicitation and communication plans to help achieve these goals. This role reports to the Executive Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Programs and supervises the work of two full-time staff members. This is a fun job—you’ll engage with new ideas and work with interesting and talented people.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt role with work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. The salary for this position is $65,000 per year. 

Who You Are

  • Attention to detail is one of your hallmarks. You sweat the details.
  • You enjoy managing a large portfolio of multiple projects and contending with competing deadlines doesn’t faze you.
  • You set realistic planning and project deadlines for yourself and others and you always meet or exceed them. You don’t need others to motivate you to get your work done on time. 
  • One of your talents is translating dense content into plain language. You are able to synthesize feedback from many people to develop concise communication and solicitation pieces that meet departmental goals.
  • You have a strong and demonstrated knowledge of communications, a willingness to understand direct marketing fundraising, and you value the role that philanthropy plays in higher education.
  • You are able to adapt your strategies based on data and results.
  • You have leadership experience that demonstrates cultural responsiveness and you have participated in strategic planning.
  • You are a talented writer.
  • You are personally committed to equity and it shows in your work.
  • You have collaborated harmoniously with diverse creative and technical teams in your past roles.
  • You prefer a team environment rather than working alone.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop strategic communications plans based on Reed’s alumni engagement and donor goals.
  • Plan and oversee marketing strategies for alumni engagement and solicitations. Includes print materials; direct mail; email; website; social media; events; text; and a communications calendar.
  • Manage a team responsible for soliciting gifts via mail, email, crowdfunding, and phonathon.
  • Partner with the Public Affairs office in the review of existing materials and work closely with them to create new concepts and solicitation materials.
  • Contribute creative, innovative, and technologically savvy ideas to the development of alumni engagement communications and solicitations.
  • Work collaboratively with a wide swath of partners across the Reed community, including Development, Public Affairs, College Relations Information Systems, faculty, alumni, and the Center for Life Beyond Reed.
  • Evaluate and share outcomes of engagement and solicitation communications using metrics and data collection tools.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.