Director of Communications - School of Law - 37245
Washington University in St. Louis
July 11, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri
Full-time - Experienced
Higher Education Institution
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the of School of Law at the Danforth Campus.
The director of communications will develop and lead communications efforts geared toward enhancing the Law School’s visibility and reputation. Using a mix of internal and external resources, the director manages, coordinates, and integrates all aspects of the communications function including internal communications, executive communications, printed and digital communications, social media, marketing collateral development, photography, multimedia, design and other creative service efforts. The director, in partnership with the university’s Office of Public Affairs, will also oversee and guide the school’s media relations efforts. The role requires the ability to develop strong relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, students, and university colleagues; as well as demonstrate enthusiasm for and engagement in the daily life of the school, its mission, and the passions of the Law School community.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Communications Strategy, Planning and Leadership
Responsible for advancing the reputation, mission, and strengths of the law school through the development and implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven, strategic communications plan.
Takes lead role working with the Law Dean (in consultation with Law Vice Deans, Associate Deans, and the Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and her team) to develop the Law School’s overall communications strategy, messaging, and positioning in order to reach a wide range of stakeholder groups.
Serves on Law School Leadership Team and collaborates with other team members on strategic projects for the law school.
Serves as primary contact for marketing and communications with the university’s Office of Alumni and Development and the university’s Office of Public Affairs. Represents law school on the university’s Marketing and Communications Committee.
Oversees Marketing and Communications budget and strategic allocation of resources.
Communications Management and Implementation
Oversees implementation of strategic messaging across print, web, and social media communications; crisis management communications; and targeted audience communications.
Coordinates internal and external resources to ensure timely, cost efficient implementation.
Develops and oversees news content and strategy for law school website, including home page. Collaborates with Web Master and Web Team on strategies across website.
Oversees internal and external communications vehicles, such as Law Daily, specialized departmental publications and magazines, alumni enewsletters and newsletters, holiday ecard, lecture series postcards, online Class Notes, etc.
Collaborates with the Dean and Dean’s Office on strategic communications for National Council. Serves lead role in managing strategic U.S. News communications messaging.
Coordinates and manages all news photography needs. Works in collaboration with photographers in the Office of Public Affairs and with a number of freelance photographers.
Oversees Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, RSS feeds and News YouTube strategies; serves as strategic consultant to other Law departments on social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and departmental Twitter feeds.
Manages various databases for mailings and email distribution; works with vendors to coordinate mailing distribution.
Campus Communications and Media Relations
In partnership with the news team in the Office of Public Affairs, takes the lead in promoting the Law School - including its events and faculty scholarship - through campus communications vehicles and withexternal media outlets.
Manages communications for a variety of special outreach initiatives including Convocation, Commencement, Distinguished Alumni Awards, as well as other special lectures and events.
Other duties as assigned by the dean
Bachelor’s degree with five years of progressive management responsibility in the area of strategic communications, brand strategy, issues management, public/media relations, marketing or related field. Demonstrated ability to inspire and lead teams of individuals with varied backgrounds and skills.
Demonstrated superior writing and editing skills required.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain excellent relations with Law School alumni, faculty, staff, and students; communications counterparts in other university schools and units; and staff in the public affairs and alumni & development offices required.
Exceptional strategic thinking, critical thinking, and creative mindset required.
Exceptional judgment and discretion when dealing with confidential/sensitive information required.
Highly desirable to have knowledge of legal education and/or the legal profession and/or experience in higher education administration.
Ability to travel to on and off-campus locations.
Ability to work outside normal business hours as needed.
Graduate degree with five to 10 years of progressive responsibility in the area of strategic communications, brand strategy, issues management, public relations/media relations, or marketing.
Track record of successful communications, branding and/or thought leadership strategy formulation and implementation for complex organizations with multiple stakeholders.
Higher education experience is a plus as is consulting/agency experience.
Superb writing and editorial skills.
Experience in generating and using data to drive plan development and evaluation is also ideal, as is experience in managing and implementing large scale, highly visible projects and initiatives.
Experience hiring, managing, developing, and evaluating staff performance is also ideal.
The hiring range for this position is $67,226 to $84,796 annually.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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