Stanford School of Engineering is a global leader in education and research with a long track record of turning ideas into technologies that make the world a better place. Our exceptional faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines, and our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our mission is to seek solutions to important global problems and educate leaders who will make the world a better place by using the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.
The Communications Manager will be a key contributor to the communications team, reporting to the chief communications officer. He/she will help fulfill the Schools mission by helping support its nine departments fulfill a variety of communications objectives in content creation and development, media relations, digital and social media and project management. The ideal candidate has strong writing, organizational, people, and project-management skills, as well as an understanding of and appreciation for digital media, design and the content-creation process.
Manage select communications efforts, including the creation, editing and production of digital, web and social content, emails and newsletters
Compose written material for diverse audiences, across a variety of channels
Provide media relations support for audiences that are both internal and external to the university, including on a national and international scale
Develop and research ideas for written publication/communication on high visibility complex topics
Research, develop, execute and manage high-profile written communication that demonstrates understanding of a wide variety of audiences; clearly and credibly communicates a diverse array of topics; and enhances the relevance and impact of intended messaging
Produce innovative written and multimedia content that share the school's research, ideas and news and school stories for a variety of channels
Partner with internal stakeholders such as program teams, department managers, service teams, IT, and campus partners to achieve program goals and ensure coordination, and work with internal and external customers to understand the need and purpose of a project
Attend and cover priority events for the School of Engineering
*- Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and at least three years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience. Five years preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
At least three years experience in a digital media, journalism, public relations or communications role, and deep and demonstrated understanding of digital technology and content creation and distribution
High level of comfort conceptualizing and working with diverse sets of content, digital platforms, and a variety of storytelling methods, and ability to change voice and editing/writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose
Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools and current communication trends
Excellent writing, interpersonal and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner, and work effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders
Ability to work with technology to improve workflow and increase efficiency
Strong visual sense and ability to select and assess photography, illustrations, informational graphics, and other design-related elements for editorial products
Deep commitment to the mission of a major research institution and ability to work effectively with various constituencies including deans, faculty and administrative staff
Extraordinary and demonstrated collaboration skills
Extreme attention to detail. Ability to prioritize. Demonstrated initiative and creativity. Can-do attitude, and willingness to innovate and try new things.
Experience and interest in writing about engineering, technology and science
In addition to a cover letter and resume, please submit three to five writing samples.
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains d...edicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 9000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu.
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