Assistant or Associate Director of Communications

University of Tennessee Foundation, Knoxville, Tennessee

Date PostedApril 11, 2019
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

Assistant or Associate Director of Communications-UTK

Regular Full-time, Pay Grade Band A


The University of Tennessee Foundation is seeking a creative professional to join the advancement communications team for the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus. As a storyteller, the team member will be responsible for writing feature stories to highlight the impact of private support, creating materials for stewardship and development initiatives and to serve as a liaison between the communications team and other team members to provide branding resources for the Knoxville Office of Advancement. 

Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement Communications, the creative team member will assist with press releases of campus-wide initiatives, research and create content for advancement publications including impact stories, fundraising proposals, other communications for major donors. 


Maintaining a consistent message and brand to develop and provide tools for use by other staff is charged to this person as well. The ideal candidate will build strong partnerships and train staff on best practices and use of branded templates.





 Required qualifications: 

Candidates must have bachelor’s degree with a master’s degree preferred. 

Assistant Director – 3 years of experience as listed below. Associate Director – 4 years of experience as listed below. Title will be determined based on qualifications and experience. 

Experience in a writing, content development or communications role is preferred. Experience in higher education and/or nonprofit experience is preferred. 

Desired qualifications: 

Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills are required. Time management, the ability to manage multiple projects, and a positive attitude are essential. The right candidate will be process driven, have a creative mindset, be able to perform under pressure, possess time management skills, and have a strong desire to advance The University of Tennessee. The ability to write and be a creative thinker is desired. 

In order to be considered for candidacy, please upload a cover letter, resume, and a minimum of 2 writing samples in addition to the online applicant profile. 

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the University of Tennessee Foundation’s legal duty to furnish information.

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