Director of Development Marketing and Communications
The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) seeks a Director of Development Marketing and Communications to plan and execute written fundraising communications to its donor audience. The Director of Development Marketing and Communications will lead a team of writers and a graphic designer with broad responsibilities to communicate IHS program strategies and results to a current and prospective donor audience through effective, high-quality proposals, direct-marketing pieces, donor reports and presentations, and other marketing materials. Qualified candidates will be up to the task of driving the critical marketing and writing capability needed to achieve continued, significant growth.
The Institute for Humane Studies is a recognized leader in the development of talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and in advancing the principles and practice of freedom. IHS, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization, based at George Mason University, that promotes the study of economic and individual freedom across a broad range of academic and professional disciplines.
Each year IHS awards nearly $1 million in scholarships to students at universities around the country. IHS also sponsors free summer seminars, awards public policy and journalism internships, and provides various forms of career assistance. Through these programs, IHS promotes open inquiry, critical thinking, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem-solving to advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous society.
Responsibilities will include:
- Ensuring a consistent and compelling brand across development communications with donors.
- Leading a team of 3-5 writers and a graphic designer to produce fundraising materials (proposals, reports, brochures, newsletters, presentations, etc.) to drive revenue growth.
- Acquiring and integrating information from IHS program personnel to effectively communicate program strategies and progress to supporters and prospective supporters.
- Collaborating with the Director of Foundations Strategy, Director of Major Gifts, and Director of Development Operations to plan proposals, reports, and marketing materials for the IHS donor audience.
- Working with senior IHS leadership and the Director of Development to craft persuasive messages.
- Assuring high-quality, on-deadline delivery of all donor-oriented marketing materials.
Candidates must possess the following attributes:
- Demonstrable, extensive (~7+ years) experience in developing and leading strategic marketing and communications programs and teams
- Strong appreciation for classical liberal principles (individual rights, free markets, limited government, voluntarism, and peace)
- Strong writing capability
- Entrepreneurial spirit
- Ability to balance shifting and competing priorities
- Capacity to adjust strategies and tactics quickly in response to new information
- Track record as a skilled, proven manager and leader
- Development/fundraising experience is helpful but not required
This is an exceptional opportunity to apply a strong communications capability to contribute substantively to the growth and effectiveness of a results-oriented, mission-driven organization—with a 2013 budget of $11.3 million, up 58% in three years. At IHS, you can grow professionally and intellectually, excel at what you’re good at, and help make the world a better place.
Salary will be competitive for a senior-level nonprofit position in the Washington, DC area and will be commensurate with experience. IHS provides exceptional benefits to all individual employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100 percent of the health insurance premium and tax-free reimbursement of all deductible expenses, and paying 100 percent of the dental insurance premium). IHS also provides all employees with flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and one free course per semester at George Mason University.
The Institute for Humane Studies is located in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., two blocks from the Virginia Square metro stop (on the Orange Line). IHS is a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional and personal growth.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials:
- Cover letter detailing:
- Your interest in this position
- A compelling case about why the mission of IHS resonates with you
- Your salary requirements
- Two samples of your persuasive writing
Materials should be emailed (total size must be under 5MB; larger items should be linked to instead of emailed) to Claire Kittle, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: email@example.com.