Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations

Job Scope 

The Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations develops and executes fundraising strategies aligned with the College’s strategic plan in consultation with the President and the Foundation Board of Directors. The executive director is expected to establish and maintain positive relations with the Foundation board, alumni, donors, and the public. The executive director also serves as the public relations officer and oversees the Marketing & Communications Department to ensure marketing is designed that represents the College positively to all stakeholders, including prospective and current students as well as business and community leaders and the public at large. The executive director also works closely with the President and the Board of Trustees’ External Affairs Committee to develop and execute strategies for strong political advocacy across the six counties of the Southern Alleghenies.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  1. Provide leadership and strategic direction for the College’s Foundation including collaboration with the President’s office staff and oversight of the operations, budget, and systems that support efficient and effective use of resources.
  2. Provide strategic guidance and leadership for all annual, campus, and capital campaigns as well as special events designed to secure donations, expand community support, and build endowment funding for the College.
  3. Secure major financial gifts for the College, including planned giving and bequests, naming opportunities, sponsorships, and in-kind contributions to support student scholarships, College programming, and College initiatives.
  4. Responsible for oversight and coordination of grant writing for the College.
  5. Lead the planning and execution of Foundation events.
  6. Provide leadership and support for the Foundation Board and all committees of the Board.
  7. Collaborate with the Student Financial Services Office to administer scholarships funded through individual endowments and/or grants.
  8. Build goodwill in the community, recognize donors, and assist the President in cultivating potential major donors.
  9. Ensure that external audiences are cultivated to enhance the College’s visibility and reputation locally, statewide, and nationally.
  10. Develop and execute strategies for political advocacy in collaboration with the College President and the Board of Trustees.
  11. Develop marketing and public relations strategies in collaboration with the marketing department and the College President.
  12. Review and approve marketing materials in consultation with the College President.
  13. Attend and network through a variety of College and community events such as conferences, receptions, cultural events, productions, etc. and engage with civic organizations and professional associations that will advance the College.
  14. Monitor state and local legislation actions and assess College impact. Serve as a communications conduit between the President and legislative offices.
  15. Develops, implements, maintains, and promotes the College’s alumni organization.
  16. Other duties as assigned.

Direct Reports

  • Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations 

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, Human Relations, Communications, Finance, or related field is required. A Master’s Degree is preferred.

Experience & Knowledge: The right person for the position would have as many of the following preferred experiences and knowledge sets as possible: (1) ability to work with Boards to develop fundraising strategies and a working knowledge of fundraising best practices; (2) Significant experience working with public officials; (3) working knowledge of marketing strategies; and (4) strong communications skills especially as related to public presentations.

Professional experience within a community college or university setting is preferred. Demonstrated capacity to interact with governmental, community, and non-profit leaders in a collaborative and team-oriented management style.

Significant experience and proven effectiveness in building networks and establishing trust with constituents and stakeholders of the College. The Executive Director must have demonstrated success in building trusting relationships with community leaders and public officials from diverse backgrounds.

Computer Skills: MS Office and ability to learn College-specific programs.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: State Police Criminal Background Clearance, Driver’s License

Physical Demands: Must be able to talk, hear, and operate a computer. Occasional lifting up to 10 lbs. Ability to drive and attend various functions and meetings. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment: Typical office environment with a quiet to moderate noise level.

Location: Richland Campus

Deadline to Apply: Friday, July 26, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, fully completed employment applications received by the deadline with all required application materials will receive guaranteed priority consideration.

Application materials required for full consideration:

  • Employment Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

To Apply: Click here for the Employment Application.

Please note that employment applications referencing ‘see resume’ or similar phrases are considered incomplete and may not be considered. For guaranteed priority consideration, applicants must submit a fully completed employment application with all required application materials by the deadline.

Please do not call in regards to the status of your application. Only those candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Benefits: The College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage to full-time employees and their dependents. Benefits package also includes short-term/long-term disability, retirement, life insurance, generous paid time off, and 11 paid holidays.

Please do not fax or mail any documentation. Official College transcripts or High School transcripts are required upon hire.

Employment is contingent upon submission and satisfactory review of any background check clearances as may be required by Pennsylvania Act 153. Please refer to our Pre-Employment Background Check Information page for more detailed information.

Successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College for any position now or in the future.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College promotes a drug-free workplace.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.