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Development Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Digital Marketing and Projects Manager, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

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Development Director
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Director of the Center for Documentary Studies, the Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing a multifaceted and comprehensive giving program to fund identified CDS priorities. The Development Director sets strategies and manages all development activities for CDS, including individual, foundation, and corporate giving. The Development Director also is a frontline fundraiser who develops and manages a portfolio of major-gift donors. The Development Director works with the Director and senior leadership at CDS to ensure that these activities are coordinated with staff, the board of directors, other supporters of CDS, and Duke University Development. The Development Director supervises two development associates and a development assistant.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Based on CDS program and institutional priorities, the Development Director establishes ongoing long- and short-term goals and work plans for a comprehensive fund-raising program. The Development Director strategizes and directs all fundraising activities, including major-gift cultivation and stewardship, individual annual giving, planned giving, membership programs, corporate giving and sponsorships, and foundation and government grants.

This planning and strategy work includes creating a multiyear development plan that increases funding to support the strategic direction of CDS, and monitoring and evaluating all fundraising activities to ensure that fundraising goals are being achieved.

The Development Director serves as main point of contact with University Development, collaborates closely with University colleagues on shared prospects, represents CDS’s development strategies in University-wide settings, and equips University Development gift officers to solicit gifts on CDS’s behalf.

Major Gifts & Annual Giving
Cultivate and maintain relationships with major donors and other key supporters, while continuing to grow an active portfolio of top prospects and major-gift donors.

Manage and oversee an ongoing annual giving program to support a variety of needs, including unrestricted giving for operations. This includes managing the development team to build the prospect/donor list through direct mail, presentations, events, and other means; identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts prospects; and developing and implementing strategies for moving donors up the gifts ladder.

Ensure the successful design and delivery of membership programs to cultivate and steward donors.

Grants
Identify, research, cultivate, and solicit foundation involvement in CDS resource development. Work with other staff to coordinate grant activity with regional and national foundations and government and corporate sources.

Corporate
Help to develop and expand corporate sponsorships for appropriate CDS programs.

Special Events
Help to plan and attend/lead special events, training, and various community events as part of the development program at CDS.

Data Management
Work with the development team to implement and manage information systems and ensure accurate donor data base, campaign systems, research, tracking, segmentation, and other information necessary to support a complex, dynamic fundraising program.

Public Relations & Marketing
Participate in community activities to enhance CDS development efforts. Keep abreast of developments in business, community, and public affairs and apply this knowledge to the success of CDS development activities. Help to develop regional and national partnerships to increase CDS fundraising potential. Work with the CDS communications team to craft messaging and materials for fundraising success.

Education/Training: Work requires communications, analytical, and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program.

Experience: Work requires a minimum of five years of experience in fundraising, with proven, measurable results; demonstrated administrative, planning, and organizational skills; ability to work with and motivate staff, board of directors, and other supporters; and ability to travel. Major donor experience essential. Direct mail, capital campaign, and grant writing experience preferred. Sensitivity, familiarity, and appreciation of the documentary arts and fundraising in higher education will be a definite plus. Communications or philanthropic marketing experience highly desired.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:

  • Entrepreneurial abilities to lead, inspire, and support CDS staff and supporters to successfully reach fundraising goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and respect for cultural diversity in daily work activities.
  • Good communications, storytelling, and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to maintain cordial, productive working relationships with other staff while adhering at all times to strict confidentiality of privileged management and donor information.
  • Ability to maintain and enact on-going principles of effective customer relations, treating all prospects and donors, supporters, and community partners with respect, dignity, and honesty.
  • Ability to support and reinforce the CDS mission in daily work activities.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

TO APPLY:

Two (2) steps are necessary. Please note applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

1) Send cover letter, resume, and three references to docstudies@duke.edu (with Development Director in the subject line) or to the mailing address below. (References will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge).

                 Development Director Search
                 Center for Documentary Studies
                 1317 West Pettigrew St
                 Durham, NC 27705

2) Go to the Duke University jobs site https://hr.duke.edu/careers/apply and follow the instructions to submit an application for the following requisition number: 401371078.

DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Digital Marketing and Projects Manager
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Communications Director, the Digital Marketing and Projects Manager plans, develops, creates, and implements multifaceted strategies, projects, and tools—including social media channels and digital content—to raise the profile of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) and to promote and market all programs and activities of the organization. The Digital Marketing and Projects Manager carries out various external communications and media relations, assists in large-scale project management, and manages the development of—and creates—videos, digital imagery, and other original multimedia documentary content for multiple uses. The Digital Marketing and Projects Manager works with staff, faculty, and students to implement social media and other digital-content strategies for all CDS programs, projects, and events; the goals are to increase awareness of the mission and programs of CDS and to build new audiences locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Through strategic/marketing planning, the Digital Marketing and Projects Manager will ensure the consistent and appropriate delivery of high-quality, accurate, effective messages across CDS programs and activities. This is a full-time position with Duke University benefits.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide primary assistance in the management of, and content creation for, CDS’s experimental online publishing site. Serve as project manager for the site, overseeing and fine-tuning the site’s asset management, editorial, and production schedules and processes. Develop and implement marketing strategies and tools to promote the site. Conceive of and create multimedia content for use on the site; manage equipment purchased for use in creating content. 
  • Conceive of, create, and produce original content—videos, photos, audio, other—for CDS web and social media sites; document select CDS events and programs to generate content for broad communications usage; work with staff, faculty, and students to coordinate other social media content and digital projects.
  • Coordinate and lead digital marketing efforts for CDS, including social-media channels covering all CDS programs, with scope ranging from local to international; expanding and advancing the use of current CDS social-media channels—Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, and Instagram; and following industry trends and exploring emerging developments (new technologies, methodologies, markets) in order to maximize overall social-media strategy.
  • Plan and implement strategies to develop new audiences and attract new participants for CDS programs and events, with a particular focus on expanding outreach to reflect our country’s demographics; help to plan, coordinate, and distribute promotion for programs, projects, and events (more than 125 annually).
  • Assist CDS staff and faculty in documentary production work, including video and photography shoots; digital editing; web, library, and archival research; management of digital art; and generating publicity and marketing materials across print and digital platforms.
  • Create content for, build, and distribute the weekly CDS electronic newsletter, a primary communications tool reaching thousands of external subscribers.
  • Work with the CDS Web Design and Production Manager to manage the creation and archiving of photography, video, and other content for use in communications campaigns and materials.
  • Manage internal and external events calendars to ensure that CDS event information is included in all relevant calendars.
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of media production interns as needed.

Education/Training: Work requires communications, analytical, and organizational skills and aptitude for web and social media technologies normally acquired through a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Prefer candidates with bachelor’s degree in mass communications, public relations, journalism, marketing, or a related discipline.

Experience: Work generally requires two years related experience in advertising, marketing, media, promotions or public relations, with hands-on print/web editorial and multimedia production experience, including solo content creation, and demonstrated project management and social media skills. Three or more years of experience preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:

Required technical skills:

  • Audio, photo, and video production
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, social media scheduling platforms, and basic HTML

Other preferred skills:

  • Must be creative and detail-oriented
  • Ability to interact professionally with internal and external clients
  • Ability to incorporate knowledge and respect for cultural diversity in daily work activities.
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously and to learn new programs quickly
  • Ability to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Excellent written communication, including editing, copyediting, and proofreading
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team player
  • Self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • Ability to deliver training
  • Project management skills
  • Interest in documentary work

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

TO APPLY:

Two (2) steps are necessary. Please note applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

1) Send cover letter, resume, and three references to docstudies@duke.edu (with Digital Marketing & Projects Manager in the subject line) or to the mailing address below. (References will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge).

Digital Marketing & Projects Manager Search
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 West Pettigrew St
Durham, NC 27705

2) Go to the Duke University jobs site https://hr.duke.edu/careers/apply and follow the instructions to submit an application for the following requisition number: 401366092.

DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.