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The Office of Marketing and Communications leads external marketing and communications initiatives—including brand awareness, media relations, website, social media, marketing, and high-level event promotion—to advance the school's global reputation as a leader in the field of international relations. This office is seeking an Associate Director of Communications. Reporting to the Director of Communications and working across the school, the position is responsible for helping to develop and implement the school's communications strategies. The Associate Director of Communications is the school's primary contact for national and international media, working to connect journalists and media organizations with SAIS's distinguished faculty members.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Serve as communications advisor to ensure awareness of all communications issues, plans and priorities, ensure message alignment with institutional priorities, raise school visibility, influence thought leadership, and proactively leverage communications efforts to mitigate potential institutional risk
Provide centralized support and communications advice to the offices of admissions, academic affairs, student affairs, global careers, and Office of the Dean
Working with the senior writer, facilitate internal communications efforts, build organizational awareness and ensure consistency and alignment of messaging across school units
Ensure processes for regularly and effectively measuring and evaluating communication budget spend, analytics, benchmarks and KPIs
Serve as communications liaison to JHU central communications and other relevant units across the university
Coordinate with SAIS events team on media-driven events
Manage, conduct and publish interviews of SAIS faculty, students, alumni, and manage all associated activities
Manage all components of media relations including press outreach/monitoring, evaluation, and analysis, and media training; coordinate media outreach and manage relationships with members of the press and key influencers
Respond to daily media inquiries from print, online and broadcast journalists seeking expert commentary from faculty and scholars and arrange for on- and off-campus interviews with school experts, if needed
Manage School's media database, track analytics, provide monthly media analytics report to departmental and school leadership
Regularly and proactively interact with faculty experts to promote their research through media pitches, expert advisories, and other communications tools
Prepare media advisories and collaborate with colleagues to announce and promote faculty research and awards, and school events
Draft and distribute event advisories to target media
Provide on-site guidance to journalists attending public events, including managing media RSVPs in conjunction with event staff, staffing media check-in table and assisting journalists with multimedia logistical and technical needs and other requests
Provide support for publicity and internal coverage of events, including preparing press kits and providing multimedia coverage of events such as digital photography, audio and video recordings and post-event multimedia production for the web
Build network and maintain regular contact with journalists and strengthen relationships with key outlets
Provide media relations support to academic programs, centers, institutes and initiatives within SAIS including high-level event promotion and expert advisories, as needed
Plans, coordinate, and conduct logistics and media outreach for select high-level and invitation only faculty-media events
Draft and distribute media advisories for important school news and announcements
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