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Assistant Director of Communications


Reporting to the Director of Development for the Penn Libraries, the Assistant Director of Communications is an integral member of the Office, primarily responsible for writing and press for the Office.
working under limited supervision, the Assistant Director of Communications will draft acknowledgments, briefings, proposals, marketing pieces, stewardship reports and other writing assignments as they arise on behalf of the Development Office. Also responsible for donor/fundraising web development and management.
In collaboration with the Libraries Communications Director and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts this position will create and maintain Development related publications, including the Development aspect of the Penn Libraries' newsletter and serve as project manager for promotional materials, like donor gifts and notecards and calendars.


Bachelor's degree with 2-3 years of related experience, preferably in fundraising and grant making writing, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous experience in Libraries and/or higher education desirable. Excellent written and communication skills are essential (writing samples required). Expertise with computers and software packages, Microsoft office suite and web development is required. Must have ability to manage multiple projects in a goal- and deadline-oriented environment, and to work independently and as a strong team player. Should be able to analyze and concisely articulate issues and to work with a diverse group of constituents. Familiarity with Libraries and with fundraising and stewardship cycles, and especially annual giving appeals a plus. Ability to learn the needs and priorities of the Libraries and translate those into written proposals is required to successfully carry out the job. Occasional weekend and evening work required.
Strong experience with Microsoft Office suite. Innovative and creative design skills, or at least some knowledge using design software a plus. Ability and experience working with website content management system, like Drupal. Familiarity with digital software like Constant Contact.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package, additional information available at

To Apply:

Potential candidates are invited to submit a letter of application that addresses the needs and qualifications of the position, along with their resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who can address the suitability of the candidate for the position described, as well as complete an on-line employment application at:

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.