<p>The Director of Communications leads the strategic planning and development of Law School communications, branding and marketing. The individual works collaboratively with the Dean, Law School administration, faculty, staff, and University cohorts to ensure that internal and external communications generate a consistent message that aligns with University and Law School initiatives. The individual develops and oversees the production of existing and new communications materials, both online and in print, and supervises an internal team and external vendors to efficiently create and produce innovative, high-quality content. The individual cultivates and maintains relationships with national, regional, and local news media to highlight the activities and accomplishments of the Law School and its constituents. The Law School is proud to serve a diverse and varied group of internal and external constituents. This candidate will need to work effectively across these diverse communities. This position reports to the Chief of Staff.</p><p><strong>Responsibilities</strong><br />Production - 40%<br />Lead all aspects of the Law School’s program for communicating with the prospective students, alumni, media, internal Law School constituents, peer higher education institutions, and current and prospective strategic partners. Develop and supervise the creation of editorial and graphic content for all online and print communications materials, such as the magazine, website, newsletters, and departmental and program brochures. Create and execute the communications strategy for event promotions.<br /><br />Strategy and Budget - 20%<br />Develop and implement a multi-year internal and external strategic communications plan for the Law School to support the Law School’s strategic plan and raise the Law School’s reputation. Review current communications materials regularly and implement changes to ensure that they align with the strategic communications plan. Identify and develop innovative communications materials in support of the Law School’s mission. Develop and oversee communications budget.<br /><br />Liaison - 15%<br />Advise the dean and Law School administration regarding internal and external communication issues. Serve as Law School liaison to the media and develop a national, regional, and local media network. Coordinate with faculty to ensure that research, publications, and service activities are publicized and promoted appropriately in the media. Develop and supervise the production of advertising in national, regional, and local media. Collaborate with University News Service to publicize Law School events, compose press releases, and provide experts for commentary on legal current events.<br /><br />Supervision - 20%<br />Supervise the Communications Department, which includes a Communications Specialist, Web Developer, and student workers. Provide ongoing feedback to staff to further develop staff skills. Select and manage external communications professionals to produce content as needed. Review staffing and propose changes as needed to optimize production and cost-savings. Ensure that all projects are completed accurately and on-time, produced in a cost-effective manner, are high quality, and present a consistent message in line with the Law School’s strategic communications plan.<br /><br />General Administration - 5%<br />Lead the development of graphic and content standards for web, print and video communications. Track and monitor new media outlets to lead new communications initiatives to support the Law School mission. Monitor other law school’s communications trends and practices. Supervise the maintenance and archives of the Law School photographs and editorial content.</p>
<p><strong>Required</strong><br />A completed Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, marketing, art or related field plus six years of professional communications experience; OR a non-communication degree plus eight years of professional communications experience. Experience contracting with outside communications professionals. Excellent leadership, project management and administrative skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to manage complex, interrelated projects; sound judgment, and ability to assimilate and analyze information from a variety of sources; outstanding ability to grasp and articulate the big picture as well as a meticulous eye for detail, including strong proofreading and editing skills; ability to produce sophisticated written materials that align with strategic objectives; ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and respond to quick turnaround times; ability to work independently and collaboratively with a diverse population including faculty, staff, students, and internal/external constituents.<br /><br /><strong>Preferred</strong><br />In addition to essential qualifications, completed Master's degree or JD. Understanding of a Law School environment or legal setting. Knowledge of or experience in a college or university setting.</p>
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