The Director of Campus Life Communications is a collaborative and innovative communications professional responsible for developing constituency-based strategic communications and messaging on behalf of the Division of Campus Life. The Director reports to the Senior Director for Strategic Engagement and Chief of Staff and has a dotted reporting line to the Senior Vice President for Communications.
The Director plays a key leadership role in the Office of the Vice President of Campus Life in developing communications, constituency-based marketing and outreach that align with and elevate division priorities. The Director will establish and lead a strategy to enhance internal information-sharing and engagement, communicate with internal and external stakeholders, and prepare community messages, remarks, talking points and other mission-focused communications for internal and external audiences (e.g., students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and families). The Director will lead the development of central website content for Division priorities and help guide the alignment of messaging and content across websites within the Division of Campus Life, working closely with directors and managers of the offices and departments within the division.
The Director supervises communications staff members who serve the needs of offices within Campus Life, including the current Health and Wellness Communications Specialist and any future communications staff. The Director will take advantage of the full range of communications and marketing platforms and vehicles to ensure the most effective communications to constituencies and stakeholders of the Division of Campus Life. The Director will ensure that the various communication platforms (including websites and social media platforms) are consistent and aligned with divisional priorities and goals. The Director must have exceptional writing and editing skills and an ability to communicate effectively with a variety of constituencies (especially students) across a range of mediaâ”often under tight deadlines.
The Director is a thought partner to the Vice President of Campus Life and the Senior Director for Strategic Engagement and Chief of Staff. The Director will also work closely with the Senior Vice President for Communications to develop effective messaging that advances the institutionâ™s priorities. The Director will acquire a deep understanding of the Division of Campus Life, the University and its people, and cultivate and maintain relationships with key partners, including the College, the Graduate School, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Office of University Communications, Division of Advancement, and other academic and administrative units in order to align messages and positioning.
To be considered, applicants must submit both a resume and a cover letter.
Education and Experience
Bachelorâ™s degree required (masterâ™s preferred) in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations or a related field
7-10 years of professional experience
Background in higher education or a complex non-profit organization preferred.
Seasoned communications professional with expertise in strategic communications and messaging.
Strategic thinker with a track record of successful execution and implementation of complex communication strategies and projects across digital and media platforms.
Excellent verbal, writing and editing skills, including proficiency in MLA and Associated Press writing styles.
Proven experience managing multiple projects across teams in a deadline-driven environment.
Demonstrated ability to research information, conduct effective interviews and write well and quickly.
Expertise in developing effective messaging tailored to audiences.
Must possess an exceptional degree of judgment, diplomacy, commitment to confidentiality and responsible decision-making.
Agility and familiarity with latest software, database systems, social media platforms and computer literacy. Ability and capacity to become proficient in Salesforce.
Demonstrated experience working in content management systems for maintaining website content.
Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.
Background Checks: Criminal and Education Verification
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Director of Campus Life Communications
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