The assistant director of communications and donor relations reports directly to the LSMSA Foundation’s executive director and develops and implements a communication plan that supports the LSMSA Foundation’s mission and will be executed across multiple channels, including media relations, written publications, digital and social media, special events and other outreach initiatives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Oversee content, design, and dissemination of all development materials, including: updated brochures, invitations, direct mail campaign or annual appeal, Giving Tuesday materials, Phonathon materials, and more.
Work with the executive director to procure content, design, and disseminate the annual report.
Work closely with LSMSA’s Office of External Affairs to ensure that brand identity, messaging, and communications strategy are consistent and integrated with school efforts.
Increase awareness of the LSMSA Foundation through effective, creative, and professional marketing and public relations.
Cultivate collaborative and positive relationships with LSMSA faculty and staff as well as other stakeholders to proactively capture information of interest and noteworthy events for dissemination internally and externally.
Maintain active social networking presence.
Donor Relations (20%)
Develop and maintain a comprehensive stewardship plan for all donors with a particular emphasis on individualized strategies for major donors.
Special Events (30%)
Serve as the point person for Foundation events, including Reunion Weekend, LSMSA On the Road, and donor recognition events, working closely with the executive director to execute meaningful and effective special events that support overall fundraising goals and objectives.
Manage staff members and volunteers working at events, including setting expectations, training, assigning roles, acknowledgments, etc.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, non-profit management, public relations, journalism, or a closely related field
Excellent research, planning, administrative, and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Event planning experience
Ability to prioritize workload under fluctuating conditions in a fast-paced work environment
Must be attentive to detail, creative, and have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with individuals with diverse levels and backgrounds, from students to senior administration
Sound judgment and demonstrated ability to deal with highly sensitive and confidential issues
A passion for the LSMSA Foundation’s vision and mission and a desire to support excellence
Proficiency in Microsoft suites
Public speaking experience
Master’s degree in communications, non-profit management, public relations, journalism or a closely related field.
Experience in Raisers Edge or other donor management software
Experience in fundraising and development
About Louisiana School For Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation, Inc.
The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation develops and manages resources to enhance the work of LSMSA. LSMSA, recently listed within the top 1% of American’s Best Public High Schools according to Niche.com, is a residential high school, is publicly funded as a state agency, and is tuition free. The highly selective admissions process is open to all gifted and high achieving rising 10th and 11th grade students in Louisiana. On average, students enroll from 70% of the state's parishes (counties). Founded in 1983, LSMSA is located in Historic Natchitoches. The school is adjacent to Northwestern State University; faculty and students have access to the university library and many other facilities and programs. More information about the school can be found at www.LSMSA.edu.