Special Assistant to the Vice President & Director of Communications (3544)
August 22, 2018
Higher Education Institution
The Special Assistant and Director of Communication has primary responsibility for: 1) Communication oversight for Campus Life’s 15 departments, including guiding content, branding, and tone for website, news and social media communication, as well as crisis communication response on issues concerning students, 2) Special projects and initiatives within and outside of Campus Life that have student impact, 3) Campus Life professional and staff development, including presenting workshops, planning retreats, and onboarding new Campus Life staff.
The Special Assistant and Director of Communication assists the vice president of campus life on a range of management duties and special projects that require knowledge of communication, student affairs, and staff engagement and an ability to work with a substantial level of independence, sound judgment, excellent written and spoken communication skills, and discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
Directly supervises one full-time staff member: (Web Communications Coordinator)
Oversees the Professional Development Coordinating Committee
Frequent evenings and occasional weekends
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Project Leader/Advisor A
Commensurate with experience
Required Education and Experience
Minimum of 5 years professional experience
Excellent written and spoken communication skills
Highly developed interpersonal skills and problem-solving capabilities
Ability to work with sensitive and confidential matters
2-4 years designing websites and developing online content
Experience using content management systems and other digital communication, including but not limited to blogs, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube)
Knowledge of ADA principles as they related to print and digital communication
Understanding of design principles and video production
Preferred Education and Experience
Experience in higher education and working with students
Experience producing videos
Experience with graphic design tools
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check
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Internal Number: 3544
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