The University Communications Public Relations team drives strategic outreach and engagement in support of internal and external communications for UC San Diego, while also contributing to content development in collaboration with University Communications Strategy colleagues.
University Communications PR professionals are expert storytellers who utilize best-in-class internal and external communications channels to deliver the unique stories of each of the University’s schools, seven colleges and medical center. The PR function drives earned media efforts by cultivating and leveraging relationships with key regional, vertical and global media to elevate the university’s profile of prestige, distinction and global leadership in research, medicine, science, engineering, technology, policy, management, the arts and more. The PR team also leads communications for the university’s distinguished research centers and institutes, including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Qualcomm Institute and leading collaborations in robotics, energy, materials discovery and design and other emerging areas.
Additionally, the University Communications PR team serves as a critical resource for communications strategy and support for staff and faculty engagement communications initiatives in support of the university’s advancement, student affairs, human resources and library functions by integrating and aligning with strategic university priorities and initiatives. Crisis communications are managed through this team.
The Director of Communications, Physical Sciences independently oversees a comprehensive communications program requiring a wide variety of communications media, including written, visual, digital and electronic, and associated technical applications.
The Director of Communications, Physical Sciences serves as the communications and media relations professional for the Dean of Physical Sciences and the units reporting to the Dean. A direct report to the Sr. Executive Director, Public Relations, the Director of Communications, Physical Sciences provides the full range of communications services and advice to the Dean. This position develops communications strategies in coordination with University Communications colleagues and in sync with University Communications initiatives and Physical Sciences needs. Works collaboratively with University Communications and Physical Sciences staff and faculty to devise, communicate and then implement communications strategies. Serves as a strong facilitator and liaison to ensure alignment with and advance the institutional mission and goals. Promotes a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, respect and superior customer service to internal and external constituents. Actively, deliberately and thoughtfully infuses inclusivity and diversity throughout university communications.
The Director of Communications, Physical Sciences serves as an adviser for the Physical Sciences leadership team and develops proactive and comprehensive communications and media relations strategies for the key programs and initiatives in the division. Works in collaboration with colleagues in the development of promotional materials, providing content for highly polished print and digital publications and websites that advance the international stature of UC San Diego Physical Sciences. Develops and implements communications strategies to reach institutional goals and objectives that target key audiences in corporate relations, donor relations, alumni relations, internal communications and student recruitment. Directs the use of social media, as well as photography and videography, in all these objectives, as appropriate. This position pitches Physical Sciences news to strategic local, national and international media and aids in the development and implementation of strategies to address sensitive issues and to keep the campus and community informed of advances throughout the Physical Sciences Division.
Supports the goals and objectives of the University Communications strategic communications plan and maintains editorial and brand standards.
Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.
Extensive experience writing about chemistry/mathematics/physics or related subjects for non-technical publications.
Public relations experience in an academic environment or in the science and technology communities, or experience as a physical sciences writer/editor for a national publication.
Advanced skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.
Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long and short term strategic communication plans.
Advanced knowledge of the organization, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure; strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education and / or basic sciences.
Analytical, critical thinking, project management, and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills.
Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Bachelor's degree in a related area with 5 years of relevant experience, or equivalent experience/training.
Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.
This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
b) Vacation/holidays (18 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year).
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html