Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is based out of the Danforth University Center located on the Danforth Campus.
Under the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee, the Director serves as principal advisor providing comprehensive and proactive communications, strategies and planning, media relations, and analysis to the Vice Chancellor and the Student Affairs Leadership Team. The Director is responsible for the overall success of the Student Affairs marketing and communications team. This means working closely and collaboratively with the Divisional leadership team, unit directors, the Washington University Public Affairs Vice Chancellor and Public Affairs staff along with other key stakeholders in setting and implementing the vision and priorities for leading the Divisional marketing and communications efforts, including internal communications, media relations, social media, Divisional websites, marketing, and strategic communications and creative services. The Director responsibilities are designed to establish, implement and maintain the Division’s brand, allocating resources to different projects to meet the Division’s short-term and long-term strategic goals. The Director also serves as the Division’s key liaison to the Office of Public Affairs for communication on critical student issues and for media inquiries.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Create and manage a strong, vision-focused, service-oriented team of professionals across all aspects of internal and external communications, website design and management, marketing efforts and creative services by providing supervision, training and support to direct reports with the ability to pitch in and execute hands on when needed.
In partnership with unit directors, recommends and assists in the development of strategic communications and implementation of marketing to promote the units and their short-term and long-term strategic goals through the Marketing and Communications team ensuring effective and efficient use of the Division’s resources.
Develops, writes and edits key external and internal Divisional communication materials and publications; writes news articles for campus publications and other media outlets when requested by Public Affairs on behalf of the Vice Chancellor or the Division.
Manage the overall Divisional brand and reputation within Washington University and externally, being a brand evangelist and advocate for the Division, the university and our students.
Serve as the Division’s key liaison to the Office of Public Affairs for communication on critical student issues and for media inquiries.
Develop and implement an executive communications plan including email, social media, speeches, presentations, and messages for the Vice Chancellor.
Other duties, as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, journalism, English or relevant field from an accredited university.
At least three years of experience designing and implementing successful marketing or communications projects.
Strong leadership and team management skills.
Excellent communication skills; including writing and editing publications.
Master’s Degree in marketing, communications, journalism, English or relevant field from an accredited university.
Experience in higher education, specifically with an understanding of student affairs.
Proven work experience in a senior marketing and communications role.
Strong analytical and project management skills.
Experience in developing and managing budgets to support multiple needs across an organization.
Strategic mindset, with ability to make difficult decisions.
Knowledge experience with digital marketing tools and techniques, including web analytics.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to set and prioritize goals.
Ability to facilitate meetings and engage in follow-up.
Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to foster and build partnerships while maintaining current long-term relationships.
The hiring range for this position is $59,612 - $77,532 annually.
Offers made for this position are contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment screens, including a criminal background check.
This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Applicants should provide with their application a letter of interest outlining how their work experience applies to the position.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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