Associate Marketing and Communications Director

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Department: Advancement | Advancement Marketing Communications

Position Overview

The Associate Marketing and Communications Director, Wexner Medical Center (WMC), is a development communications specialist who is responsible for leading and managing the creation and implementation of communications and marketing efforts that help deepen donor commitment to the Wexner Medical Center. The Associate Director leads the development of creative, persuasive, and donor-centric content including writing, design and execution through a variety of traditional and online communication vehicles.

The Associate Director provides ongoing relationship management and internal communications. Proactively builds relationships across multiple Advancement and WMC teams and doggedly pursues subject matter experts, when required, in order to enable the team to produce robust and complete content for donor audiences. Facilitates development of leadership remarks and talking points for donor-centric events and speaking engagements.  Supports internal Culture of Philanthropy initiatives.

Participates in and leads regular AMC/WMC and other meetings. Must be comfortable presenting ideas and deliverables to internal teams, and communicating with senior leaders about initiatives, programs, strategies and budgets. Actively drives meetings and project kick-offs – including developing agendas, providing follow-ups, detailing decisions, assigning roles and responsibilities and facilitating approvals.

Articulates copy and design specifications, helps shape creative briefs, and works closely with the WMC project manager to steward initiatives and projects from creation through development to final delivery at the highest possible quality. Working collaboratively with writers, graphic designers, photo- and videographers, and others, directs creative campaigns in alignment with brand standards that reinforce the university’s and the medical center’s overall brand, desired image, and fundraising goals, remaining mindful of inclusion, diversity and accessibility.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer and demonstrate strong verbal communication skills, possess an extreme attention to detail, be highly organized and able to meet deadlines while managing multiple projects simultaneously. They must thrive in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and adaptable, and creatively problem-solve when confronted with challenging circumstances. Must be a strategic thinker with superior relationship-building skills, including the capacity to build and leverage cross-functional partnerships.

All members of Advancement are part of creating an inclusive culture that inspires an exceptionally diverse and talented team and are measured on their adherence to the following core competencies: Leadership, Continuous Improvement, teamwork and Collaboration, and Communication/Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • The ideal candidate is a leader in development communications who functions as a collaborative partner and strategist to internal stakeholders, subject matter experts and creative team members in developing the strategy, defining anticipated outcomes and delivering marketing/communications projects.
  • Associate Director advises the WMC leadership team on setting and achieving short- and long-term goals for WMC development and advancement communications, and is responsible for both executing projects on their own and engaging peers to fulfill the overall vision.
  • Leads meetings and project kick-offs, presents ideas and deliverables to internal teams, and communicates with senior leaders about initiatives, programs, strategies and budgets. Facilitates development of leadership remarks and talking points for donor-centric events and speaking engagements.
  • With WMC project manager, directs creative campaigns and helps steward initiatives and projects from creation to final delivery.


  • Associate Director builds strong relationships with internal stakeholders and works closely with development operations, development officers, WMC leadership, stewardship and donor experience, WMC marketing (inclusive of College of Medicine and The James), Health Science Colleges, University Office of Marketing and Communications, and others.
  • Convenes and leads conversations with Medical Center and Advancement leaders, including senior leadership, physicians, researchers, and central partners throughout the communications/marketing process;
  • Ensures all stakeholders have the necessary information needed to build experiences/communications that deepen donor commitment to the Wexner Medical Center.
  • Supports internal Culture of Philanthropy initiatives.


  • Deeply embedded in the work of WMC, Associate Director builds a solid understanding of WMC subject matter, is able to shape, develop, and write content, and masterfully translates expectations and requirements into content strategy.
  • Works with the WMC Advancement leaders charged with developing a program to increase the Culture of Philanthropy across the Medical Center, to design and execute outreach vehicles for WMC staff to meet broader philanthropy goals.


  • Completes special projects and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited program in marketing, communications, business, or a related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 6 years of professional experience in development communications, with additional experience in marketing, strategic communications, branding, account service/client service, project management, writing/editing, a plus.
  • Experience in developing and executing development, advancement, and fundraising collateral.
  • Demonstrated expertise in writing and editing; portfolio/writing samples will be required.

Desired Qualifications (We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourage you to apply even if your experience does not align perfectly)

  • 8 years of relevant professional marketing and communications experience.
  • Experience working in health care.
  • Significant experience utilizing project management software, such as Workfront.

The Office of Advancement is committed to providing tools and resources for you to learn our business, proprietary databases, university-specific processes, and advancement practices.

Commitment to Inclusion

The Office of Advancement is committed to active allyship in addressing and dismantling the inequities created by systemic racism and implicit, long-held bias. We pledge to act with kindness, respect, and integrity at all times; trust ourselves and our colleagues and empower their whole identities; and hear and see our colleagues’ ideas, voices, and perspectives, acknowledging that we are better together.

You Need to Know

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The pay range for this job profile is $79,000 – $105,500 (min – mid). The offer for this position will fall within this range based on internal equity, unit’s available budget, and the candidate’s qualifications.

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