199727 Director of Communications and Media Relations
May 16, 2018
Higher Education Institution
Clark University Director of Communications and Media Relations (199727) Marketing and Communications Full-time
Clark University’s Marketing and Communications Office seeks to fill the position of Director of Communications and Media Relations. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation and analysis of integrated national and regional public relations programs that enhance the visibility and image of Clark University, position Clark at the center of global issues and gain recognition for its achievements and centers of excellence with the media, academia, alumni, donors, government and corporate institutions, and community leaders.
This is a hands-on position with heavy writing and editing responsibility. It requires strong collaboration with others in Marketing and Communications as well as working closely with key stakeholders in the University’s undergraduate and graduate schools, advancement and alumni affairs, faculty, research centers and institutes, and administration.
Duties and Responsibilities: Included in a range of responsibilities, the Director of Communications and Media Relations will be responsible for University public relations, crisis communications, campus communications and rankings and college search site profiles and communications. The Director will help manage the University’s national and regional media presence, budget for media relations and social media efforts related to Clark’s academic and research profile.
Specifically, the Director is responsible for: • University public relations • Crisis communications • Campus communications • Rankings and college search site profiles and communications
The Director will help Clark manage: • National and regional media presence • Budget for media relations • Social media efforts directly related to Clark’s academic and research profile
The Director will oversee: Concepting, researching, writing and distribution of Clark news to external and internal audiences; ideation and execution of initiatives that elevate Clark’s reputation (events, polls, etc).
Qualifications: • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or journalism; 7 – 10 years’ related experience in PR, communications, publishing; experience in higher education preferred. • Experienced people manager with strong project and budget management skills and ability to meet schedules and objectives; versatile; results-oriented. • Proven contemporary media relations skills and experience, including analytics and leveraging social media and other emerging technologies. • Demonstrated ability to advance institution’s mission and profile through effective communication; strong competence in writing, editing, proofreading, and creative direction.
• Proven ability to build and foster relationships with strong verbal and written communications skills; talent to influence others, and work with people across a complex organization.
This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, 12 month position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks’ vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.
Review of applications will begin June 4, 2018 . Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.
Applicants must reference Job Code 199727 in the subject line to be considered for this position.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Internal Number: 199727
About Clark University
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to
scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.
Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change.
Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.