Job Code: 4264 Job Grade: K Exempt To be considered for this role, please submit a cover letter and three work samples or a URL of your online portfolio.
Are you a strategic communicator who can craft stories about higher education and learning research that are accessible to a broad audience? Can you tell a story using multimedia? Can you amplify the impact of content by shaping it for the right channels to drive engagement and build community? Are you highly organized and comfortable in a fast-paced, academic environment?
The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) is looking for a Strategic Communications Lead who is a topnotch writer also versed in strategic communications planning, to join its communications team.
As a strategic communications lead, you'll oversee the development of original content about new approaches to teaching, new modes of learning, new courses and programs, and the future of higher educationfor academic and global public audiences.
You will work with the senior director of communications and marketing to plan and execute outreach strategies. You will be responsible for extending the reach of ideas to educators, as well as driving engagement in new educational opportunities among learners, through a variety of content formats and channels including web, social, and traditional media. You will oversee editorial voice and the development of compelling written and video content, strategically lead digital community-building, develop and grow public relations opportunities, and leverage data analytics.
You will be responsible for liaising with faculty and staff to uncover stories about learning advances, generating videos that highlight faculty knowledge, producing feature stories that illuminate the student learning experience, building community among learners, and liaising with journalists. This position is creative as much as it is strategic.
Applicants must have professional writing experience and solid knowledge of the current media/social media landscape. Successful candidates will be inquisitive and self-driven, able to plan and manage timelines, have good instincts for storytelling, exercise good judgment, and understand how to analyze and report on data. We are not able to provide relocation or sponsorship for this position. This is an opportunity to be part of a wonderful department and a team that works well together. If you are looking for a stimulating position in a very busy, highly productive environment, this is the job for you. CORE DUTIES*
Develop an integrated strategic communications plan
Develop and grow public relations opportunities
Assist in developing strategies for brand management, reputation management and issues management of moderate complexity, including managing comments on digital channels
Oversee editorial strategy and voice for multiple audiences across channels
Plan and oversee written communications, audio and video productions of moderate complexity, including podcasts, presentations, speeches, news stories, web content, talking points, and correspondence, and social media posts from original concept through final implementation with limited oversight
Raise awareness of faculty thought leadership
Drive participation in educational programs
Enable faculty and student constituents to access VPTL services
Build and maintain relationships with internal and external collaboration partners
Work collaboratively and cross-departmentally on initiatives, projects, and other institutional goals
May hire, coach and manage staff
* Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Previous experience in strategic communications planning and management, preferably in an academic context
Experience with digital, web, print, social media communications
Understand how to implement effective communications programs across multiple channels
Creative problem solving with strong critical thinking skills
Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills
Prior experience in planning and managing program budgets
Ability to work collaboratively with team members, and internal communications groups across campus
Highly organized; able to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines
Demonstrated curiosity and the ability to bring projects to fruition
Meticulous attention to detail and proofreading skills
Strong MS Office suite skills
Occasional work on evenings, weekends, and flexible shifts
May have exposure to high voltage electricity, noise > 80dB TWA, confined spaces, and working at heights above 10 feet
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks
Frequently stand/walk, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, and reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, speak
Occasionally sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat
Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand
Visual acuity including color vision
Rarely sort/file paperwork
Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class driver's license
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the university will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job _
Location: Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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