Executive Director, Communications and Stewardship

Pennsylvania, United States
06 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
06 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

The Executive Director of Communications and Stewardship provides leadership and day-to-day management of the Communications and Stewardship units across Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations. This includes providing strategic oversight and direction for all communications efforts within the individual teams of Operations (including digital media), UPHS Clinical Care, Abramson Cancer Center, Campaign Initiatives, and Biomedical Research teams.  

The Executive Director will provide leadership and vision in planning and implementing effective communications, marketing strategies, and stewardship to support Penn Medicine’s fundraising goals. This position will also be a key partner with Penn Medicine global expansion efforts, helping to set communications strategy.  Manages a staff of fourteen including five direct reports, four indirect reports, and five dotted line reports whose responsibilities include proposal writing, editing, publications, production of VIP acknowledgements, remarks, newsletters, digital media, council communications, leadership messaging and other media as requested.

Job Description

Specific Responsibilities

Oversight and management for PMDAR wide development communications, stewardship, and digital media efforts.   This includes all activities across Leadership Communications, Alumni Relations, UPHS Clinical Care, Abramson Cancer Center, Campaign Initiatives, and Biomedical Research teams. Set goals and best practices, react to ongoing requests, and develop strategy and long term planning to adapt the department to the changing needs of PMDAR.  Guide all career development for this large team. Directing workflow and priorities for all communications team members.   Oversee all tracking and metrics for all activity and development of analytics (both qualitative and quantitative) to assure program’s success. Leads comprehensive stewardship program for Penn Medicine.   Review and approve material as needed. Leads comprehensive communications program for Penn Medicine. Review and approve material as needed. Collaborates with the DAR Communications, UPHS Marketing, PR, and Global Medicine teams to provide the resources needed to support our internal communications and stewardship programs as well as ensure alignment of strategy for PMDAR. Head special communications projects and initiatives in response to requests from CAO or Executive University leadership.  Report directly to CAO in scheduled updates. Oversee the budget and communications calendar of deliverables. Perform additional duties as assigned.

Please provide a resume and cover letter for consideration. Please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of the application prior to submitting.

Uphold DAR’s Core Values of embracing collegiality, collaboration, integrity, respect, diversity, and trust in our communications and professional exchanges with one another.


Bachelor’s degree required. Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, public relations, marketing, or related field. Strong background in managing a team. Experience in academic or healthcare strongly preferred. Ability to develop strong relationships with a wide range of constituencies both within and outside the Health System. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, strong organizational skills, and an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects under deadline.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Development and Alumni Relations

Pay Range
$88,861.00 - $168,837.00

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.