Director of Design and Communications - Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts - 38056
Washington University in St. Louis
October 3, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri
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.
The Director of Design and Communications envisions, creates, and evaluates communications for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. In its first ten years, the school established a strong identity as a leader in architecture, art, and design. There is now an opportunity to re-imagine and expand this identity and to market each of the school’s programs individually, while also building the larger school identity across print, digital collateral, and social media practices. The Director of Design and Communications is a member of the school’s senior administrative team, reporting to the dean of the school, and works closely with directors, chairs, and communications groups across the University to lead strategic communications initiatives. The Director of Design and Communications supervises and evaluates two team members--the Communications Specialist and Communications Coordinator.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Craft a visionary communication and design strategy to raise the profile of the school and build its reputation locally, nationally, and internationally.
Develop innovative annual and long-range communications plans that do the following:
Articulate a vision for the school's messaging and graphic identity to build reputation. Ensure that the primary identity and sub identities are identified, differentiated, and consistently applied.
Ensure distinctive, strong design execution in alignment with the school's identity and leadership in the field.
Establish key messages that promote and support the overall school as well as the individual goals of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs and majors within each academic program—art, architecture, communication design, urban design, landscape architecture, and fashion design.
Identify and address the school's multiple audiences and wide range of communications platforms.
Prioritize communications initiatives and goals; establish timelines for implementation; meet key project deadlines.
In concert with the dean and associate dean for finance, develop and oversee an annual budget for communications initiatives and projects. Track and evaluate costs and benefits to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the budget.
Track and evaluate ongoing communications efforts and their effectiveness with key stakeholder groups. Prepare reports for senior administration annually to convey results.
Provide exceptional leadership and project management to serve the diverse communications needs of the school's many internal and external constituents:
Oversee the design, production, and content development of the school's portfolio of print and digital publications, such as viewbooks, newsletters, e-news, and program brochures to support the strategic initiatives of the school, as well as the larger goals of the university.
Establish clear procedures for the operations of the Communications Office, ensuring strong, positive working relationships and successful outcomes for initiatives in partnership with diverse teams of faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and others.
Oversee the school's social media content and strategies.
Manage the annual development of content and design for the School’s website, performing reviews of analytics and leading efforts for regular maintenance, updates, and redesign/reorganization as necessary.
Collaborate with the dean, assistant dean, and alumni & development team to advance the school’s fundraising efforts through communications strategies and materials to support strong external relationships with stakeholders, including the school’s National Council, alumni, student families, and friends.
Partner with the school’s admissions team and the university’s undergraduate admissions office to develop and implement marketing and communications efforts to build an applicant pool of highly qualified and diverse undergraduate prospective students.
Work closely with directors and chairs of graduate art and architecture programs to identify key target markets of prospective students and to develop messages and materials to reach those audiences nationally and internationally.
Work collaboratively with the administrative team and the staff of the school to plan and support special events and exhibitions.
Manage relationships with external vendors, including designers, coders, strategists and printer.
Positively represent the Sam Fox School internally and externally:
Serve as the principal liaison with the university’s Office of Public Affairs to ensure the public distribution of faculty research achievements, increase visibility of the school’s programs and accomplishments, and establish the school as a leader in the fields of art, architecture, and design education.
Serve on Sam Fox School university-wide committees as assigned. Represent the school in both internal and external capacities, maintaining positive and effective relationships with all audiences viewed as important to the school and the university.
Professionally manage the Communications Office staff:
Complete annual performance evaluations.
Give ongoing coaching and feedback.
Support employee professional development.
Other duties as assigned
Strong record of successful implementation of communications, leadership, and strategic planning in a communications or marketing management role.
Professional experience in an arts, education, or cultural institution.
Brand management experience.
Demonstrated superior writing and editing skills.
Ability to set and meet deadlines.
Visual acumen and strong design background.
Digital media expertise.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain excellent relations with alumni, faculty, and university offices as required.
Ability to think strategically, critically, and creatively.
Exceptional judgment and discretion.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts . This position is for the Danforth Campus.
Bachelor's degree in design, communications, or marketing or a related field and 7-10 years of experience in a related role.
The hiring range for this position is $58,441 - $76,011 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.
Applicant Special Instructions:
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