FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR - Shoals Marine Laboratory
Monday, December 03, 2018 01:49 PM

Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH Marine Sciences and Ocean Engineering [UZMS00]
Summary of Position

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is a seasonal field station located on Appledore Island, Maine. In operations for over 50 years, SML is the largest and oldest marine laboratory in the country focused on undergraduate education. The SML mission is to provide outstanding experiential, place-based education and to support innovative research programs focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment.

The key objective of the SML Communications and Community Relations Coordinator is to nurture meaningful relationships with our community and the public. Applicants should be excited about developing and implementing plans to increase engagement of target audiences and spread the message about our program and achievements. This position serves as a primary SML ambassador with responsibilities for delivering the SML strategic vision to our community. Reports directly to the Executive Director to perform duties. The role is a varied one that combines elements of relationship building, communications, development coordination, and public programs. Development work with be conducted in coordination with Cornell CALS and UNH development offices. This position will partner with SML leadership to carry out the 2018-2028 SML Strategic Plan.

The incumbent is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with individuals and organizations in support of the SML mission and goals. Strategies include managing donor relations, implementing community outreach programs, organizing events, writing and releasing publicity material such as monthly newsletters, and developing public relations strategies that will promote the organization’s mission. This position requires excellence in organization, interpersonal relations, team-building, and several forms of communications (e.g. writing, social media, graphic design, etc.). Occasional overnight time on Appledore Island is required in the summer. Travel and evening events are to be expected.

Additional Job Information  
Posting Number/Job Order # PS0964FY19
Acceptable minimum level of education Bachelor's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 3-5 years
Other minimum qualifications

1. B.A./B.S. (minimum) or M.A./M.S. (desired) in science, communications, marketing, or public relations (or related field).
2. Minimum of 4 years of directly related experience that demonstrates effectiveness in public relations, donor development, communication, marketing or other related fields. 
3. Demonstrated excellence in written skills, public presentations, verbal communications, negotiations. 
4. Team-oriented, enthusiastic, open-minded, highly flexible, very organized, adaptable, creative, passion about marine science and undergraduate education.
5. Experience with digital design, social media, and web-based portals.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

1. Development experience.
2. Understanding and passion for marine studies and/or for experiential undergraduate education.
3. Event management experience.
4. Public education program management.

Salary Information

Starting pay will be mid to high $40Ks, depending on the finalist’s experience. Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, generous retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Quicklink for Posting
Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.0
Grade 16
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

Posting Details
Posting Date 08/22/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date  
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Grant Funded
If TERM position provide projected end date  
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities


Job Duties

Donor Relations (30%): Assist Executive Director (ED) with development and stewardship activities with an annual fund goal of $250,000 and larger capital projects.
-Coordinate giving efforts with SML development staff (giving day, 603 challenge, wheelhouse day, private tours/visits, salons).
-Track community contacts (same as SML Contact Database).
-Track, manage, and report donation income from university partners.
-Manage donation acknowledgments and appreciation (cards, communication highlights, student cards, annual gifts…).
-Plan and oversee donor visits.
-Educate SML seasonal staff about their role in donor experiences.
-Co-managed capital campaigns with ED.
-SML Alumni Relations program coordination

Job Duties

Communications (30%): Oversee consistency and messaging for SML communications.
-Manage and grow SML’s web, social media, and email communications and marketing programs to produce high quality communications in pace with trends in such media outlets. Achieve a minimum of five published pieces per month.
-Manage SML Community Database (CRM) and train other SML staff
-Ensure a consistence voice for SML in communicating with our community and the public.
-Create and distribute SML press releases and media communications 
-Manage high quality marketing materials (collateral) and advertising public programs.
-Keep current on UNH/Cornell marine science related activities and events
-Work with communication partners at UNH, Cornell, and others to coordinate communication efforts. 
-Build and maintain relationships with university partners, journalists, bloggers, and public audiences that will help advance our work
-Co-write monthly newsletter with ED.
-Manager SML on-island store, procure merchandise, managed finances, & operations, training SML staff in operations.

Job Duties

Community Events (30%): Oversee events aimed at increasing and engaging the SML community.
-Oversee event coordination, with help from SML staff and volunteers, with a goal of at least one event per month (this includes development events). Events are more frequent in the summer season.
-Manage social media and advertisement of events.
-Manage public outreach education program Work with Executive Director to develop and implement programs, towards a goal of 6 per season.
-Educate the SML seasonal staff understanding and establish expectations regarding community/donor relations.
-Event/Program follow up send appreciations, make solicitations, and perform program evaluations

Job Duties

End of year reporting (10%)
-Lead the production of the SML annual report with help from all SML Staff.
-Assess and write the summary for the outreach programming, SML store, and public relations.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the definition of an Internal Candidate? Internal Candidates include: (1) active status employees who have completed the introductory period and (2) adjunct staff members who have been employed within USNH for at least 12 months in total and who have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12 month period preceding the application for the position. Student employment does not apply toward internal status eligibility.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
Optional Documents
  1. Recent Publications (1)
  2. Portfolio 1
  3. Other 1
  4. Other 2