Director of Communications, Office of International Affairs
University of Maryland
January 24, 2018
College Park, Maryland
Full Time - Experienced
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) advances comprehensive internationalization at the University of Maryland and seeks to hire a dynamic Director of Communications to serve as a member of its senior leadership team. OIA comprises the offices of Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, and China Affairs. OIA itself employs a small team of professionals to incubate and implement innovative international educational models for the campus community, as well as to cultivate and manage global partnerships around the world to engage students, staff and faculty in unique opportunities.
The Director of Communications reports directly to the Associate Vice President for International Affairs. The successful candidate will lead in developing a strategic communications plan to enhance OIA’s mission, values, goals and objectives. This person will assist colleagues in OIA units to integrate and implement this strategic plan into their various offices. The Director will coordinate all OIA external messaging and will be responsible for developing communication materials to publicize OIA’s programs, initiatives and services. The Director will collaborate with UMD’s central Communications and Marketing Department to respond to public inquiries and requests from campus, government agencies, businesses, and advocacy groups. This person will foster collaborative relationships within UMD and with various public audiences locally, nationally and internationally. The Director serves as editor of OIA publications when required and manages OIA’s annual report, website, social media, news releases, materials, and fact sheets. The Director will contract with external providers when necessary and oversees their work within budget. This person will also use quantitative and qualitative metrics to assess effectiveness of all communications activities. The incumbent will also review and update annual media policies and procedures per UMD standards, and will manage communication/public relations database and maintain a press clippings portfolio. This person will also be required to perform other administrative duties as required.
For best consideration please apply on or before February 2, 2018.
The minimum qualification for this position is either a Bachelor’s Degree with seven years, or a Master’s Degree with five years of progressively responsible experience in communications, public relations and/or journalism.
Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and journalism skills. Strong branding and design management expertise, as well as project planning and management. Familiarity with managing sheet-fed and web printing processes, vending and bidding procedures and quality control. Familiarity with typography, layout, color, form, and composition and current knowledge of design trends. Ability to manage multiple communications and marketing initiatives and projects, meet deadlines and work independently. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Additional Salary Information: starting salary is the low 80s, commensurate with experience
Internal Number: 113206
About University of Maryland
The University of Maryland is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, and the original 1862 land-grant institution in the State. It is one of 62 members of the Association of American Universities, comprising the leading research universities in the United States and Canada. The University creates and applies knowledge, nourishing a climate of intellectual growth and providing outstanding instruction and in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. As a land-grant institution, the University shares its research, educational, cultural, and technological strengths with the Maryland citizenry and other constituencies. Its collaborations with State, federal, private and non-profit partners promote economic development and improve quality of life. The University offers faculty and students a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship is a variety of ways. As a public flagship campus, the university is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that are affordable by all students regardless of family income.