Senior Manager, Advancement Communications, Resource Development - Global


Aga Khan University


London, United Kingdom


This position may be located in North America; London, United Kingdom; Karachi, Pakistan; or Nairobi, Kenya. However, applicants must have legal permission to work in the relevant country.

The Senior Manager - Advancement Communications is responsible for donor and alumni communications that will advance donor, alumni and supporter engagement, and donor cultivation. He/she will work closely with university faculty and administration, fundraisers, Alumni Affairs and Advancement Services staff and implement innovative and creative best practices in advancement communications


Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Senior Manager, Advancement Communications will be responsible for:

  • developing and implementing a communication strategy with the aim of positively engaging diverse constituencies including donors, prospective donors, alumni, friends, diaspora communities and supporters of the university;
  • delivering diverse types of communications that will advance the fundraising and alumni affairs strategies and priorities of the University. Implementing and continuously reviewing measures that will monitor their effectiveness and outcomes;
  • generating or producing highly effective speeches, presentations, e-newsletters, website content, social media, print, publications and special events;
  • securing, reviewing and editing content from faculty, administration, colleagues in Communications, Resource Development and Alumni Affairs and other sources;
  • editing and producing written and visual content for diverse audiences. Positively feature stories about the university and its ambitions, donors, the impact of gifts, and the achievements of alumni across university communications;
  • ensuring that communications reflect the rich diversity of the University, its programmes and activities, and is accessible, comprehensive, accurate, and of high quality;
  • leading, motivating and managing remotely located communications staff to deliver ambitious results within demanding timelines;
  • overseeing the design and production of high quality communications, ensuring consistency in branding, toning, styling, and formatting, and is in alignment with University communications guidelines;
  • maintaining strong working relationships with fundraisers, Advancement Services and Alumni Affairs staff, ensuring an integrated, professional and timely approach to donor and alumni relations;
  • collaborating with colleagues on fundraising strategies, continuously reviewing, sharing and applying best practices;
  • working closely with Communications Office leadership and staff, to secure their partnership in strategic communications and messaging, as well as branding guidelines, templates, photographs, graphics, content, design and other support;
  • working with external contractors, as necessary, ensuring high quality results;
  • reviewing related policies and practices, and recommend updates as necessary;
  • managing contracts, finances and communications-related budgets;
  • travelling to the campuses and diverse operations of the University as necessary, to maintain strong working relationships and to secure information.


You should have:

  • a university education at the Masters level;
  • significant experience in an international non-profit, academic, research, public policy or other similar institution, preferably with experience in the developing world;
  • senior level experience in working in communications, preferably related to fundraising, in a university, a major non-profit or comparable institution; 
  • superior writing, editing and reporting skills, with the ability to convey diverse and occasionally complex subjects in compelling, clear and concise manner;
  • high attention to accuracy and detail;
  • experience in producing speeches, presentations, reports, publications, e-newsletters, social media, websites or events, to a high standard;
  • experience in developing and delivering communications strategies, and measuring results across diverse communications;
  • experience in managing staff and working with individuals in diverse international locations to secure and deliver work and information on strict schedules;
  • knowledge of, or proven sensitivity to diverse cultures, including preferably, the Islamic and developing world;
  • experience in managing and motivating staff, setting performance standards and delivering team results;
  • highly organized, with an ability to manage multiple projects, demanding schedules, and associated budgets and finances;
  • collegial and professional manner;
  • comfortable working within a geographically dispersed operation and mission-oriented environment; 
  • strong ethical behavior, and an ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.

To Apply

​Please send your application and CV to human.resources@aku.edu and mark the subject line with the position applied for. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applications should be submitted latest by January 31, 2019