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Director of Advancement Communications and Stewardship

Salve Regina University
Job Location:
Newport, Rhode Island
Development and Fundraising

Company Description:

Salve Regina University, ranked as one of the most transformative colleges in the United States by Money Magazine, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in the scenic coastal community of Newport, Rhode Island. The University's commitment to academic success and personal discovery extends beyond its historic campus into a dynamic world where the application of higher thinking and skill are most valued. Salve Regina offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, graduate certificates, and doctoral programs in humanities, international relations and nursing. Enrollment includes more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world. 

Job Description:


The Director of Advancement Communications & Stewardship (DACS) oversees the creation and execution of the communication plan in support of the University's fundraising priorities and the stewardship program for University donors. The DACS will develop strategies for effective messaging for external communications, including presentations, solicitations and proposals, stewardship letters, impact reports, online alumni and donor content, and campaign related materials. The DACS will work closely with Advancement leadership and University Marketing and Communications to ensure that the Advancement messaging is targeted and consistent with the values of a Mercy institution.


  • Provides high-level writing and editing for external communications that support the goals and objectives of University Advancement.
  • Proactively seeks out, identifies and develops compelling, timely content for communication with major gift prospects and donors. Partners with CAO, President, Provost and key faculty and staff on the development of collateral to inspire giving, as well as to communicate donor impact.
  • Communicates with donors and coordinates with University leadership, faculty and staff across campus to develop inspiring donor profiles and stories.
  • Working with the Annual Giving staff and in collaboration with University Marketing and Communications, writes content for fund raising appeals and multi-channeled campaigns.
  • Working with the AVP Advancement Operations, develops and executes a comprehensive stewardship program for University donors to include acknowledgement letters, impact statements, events, and gifts.
  • Develops and implements capital campaign communications strategies and works with campaign communications vendors.
  • Oversees the writing of capital campaign proposals and grant requests.
  • Assists with the production of digital content by writing and editing video scripts for fund raising campaigns.
  • Develops and oversees key communications projects.
  • Manages and updates web content for Advancement pages and coordinates with the Alumni/Parent Office staff to ensure a continuity of messaging.
  • Provides counsel to Advancement team members on messaging and content development to ensure that communications are clear, correct and aligned with the University's Strategic Compass and mission.
  • Partners with the University's marketing communications team on Advancement project messaging and timelines.


As assigned by the Chief Advancement Officer.


  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred.
  • Professional writing experience is required and experience in development and/or grant writing.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work proactively and independently under tight deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, Power Point, and other on-line applications is required.
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and work within a team.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including:

  • health and dental coverage
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability
  • 403B plan
  • tuition benefits and more

Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law, in the administration of Salve Regina's employment policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to making its programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliant with all applicable non-discrimination laws.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online for any open staff and faculty positions by providing a cover-letter and resume. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks are required of successful candidates. Salve Regina University participates in E-verify.

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