The Senior Director of Communications & Marketing serves as a senior member of the Communications & Marketing staff and reports to the Vice-President for Government Relations, Communications & Marketing. This is a leadership role for University-wide communication initiatives and as such, acts as an advisor to deans, vice presidents and other administrators on strategic communications at all levels and represents the Vice-President for Government Relations, Communications & Marketing for campus-wide initiatives. The Senior Director delivers editorial content via print, web and other media and directs, edits and publishes FOCUS magazine via print and digital formats. The position oversees the work of the Communications & Marketing Team with internal clients and provides editorial direction and project management oversight. The Senior Director also plans, develops and implements media communication strategies that raise the University's public visibility through press releases, media advisories and other marketing communications ensuring adherence to University brand standards and overall compliance with the use of University wordmarks and logos. In addition, the Senior Director will advise cabinet level administrators regarding media messages and connect them with media representatives.
Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism or a related field.
Five years of experience relating to writing, editing, communications or project management.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment and creating publications and projects that reflect an institution's diversity.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Experience as a writer, editor and project manager for print and electronic publications.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects within time and budget parameters.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically, work independently and as a team member.
Knowledge of higher education issues and practices.
Knowledge of the SMSU campus community.
Experience with staff supervision.
Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and strong student/faculty relationships. We area a public institution offering over 50 majors and minors and four master's degrees. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 14,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.
SMSU offers a comprehensive benefit package including life, health and dental insurance, a retirement program, tuition waiver for employee and dependents, as well as a variety of other benefits as defined by the individual Collective Bargaining Agreements or Plans. For information on our benefits including Medical and Dental Insurance; Life Insurance; Disability and Long-Term Care; Pre-Tax Benefits; and Health and Wellness, please refer to SEGIP's website http://mn.gov/mmb/segip/index.jsp For information on Minnesota State's Retirement Plan(s), please go to: http://www.minnstate.edu/system/hr/employees/retirement/index.html
Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university offering a high quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare students for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. SMSU has grown into a university of choice with high national rankings, producing scholars who become the leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the future. Students and faculty alike come here to engage in the rich "Southwest Experience," which starts with strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and support from fellow Mustangs.