The Manager of Communications works with the Senior Director of Strategic Communications and other stakeholders to align communications priorities and vehicles that connect mission, goals, strategic priorities, and accomplishments of administrative, college, and unit partners to internal and external audiences. This position will leverage division and university resources to raise the visibility of Cornell University around the world.
Partners closely with the colleges, schools, and university administration through their respective communication directors or designated contacts to evaluate communications needs, provide guidance, and design and implement strategic solutions in line with university priorities. Participates in the development, updating and sharing of project based communications plans in support of Cornell University and its stakeholders, while maintaining the integrity of Cornell University branding and messaging. In collaboration with communications professionals in UR and across the university, develops and disseminates high-level messaging in support of Cornell University, including briefings, talking points, FAQs, and statements. May draft, collaborate, or advise on high-level university communications projects.
Attends regular meetings with division staff, project teams, and university stakeholders, as required. May serve on university-level committees. May servre as lead/collaborator on long-term, high-visibility projects in support of division or university priorities. Provides weekly updates on projects and priorities. Collects, analyzes and reports on performance metrics as appropriate.
Bachelor's degree and five to seven years' experience in journalism/PR/corporate communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent written and verbal skills, including strong editing skills.
Ability to set and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Proven ability to foster and maintain effective, collaborative relationships.
Maintain polished and organized communications throughout the project cycle for large and ongoing initiatives.
Able to manage confidential and sensitive information.
Proficiency in word processing and emerging social and new media platforms.
Strong ability to be comfortable with ambiguity while having the ability to assess, synthesize, and share changing information in a timely, clear, and actionable method.
Experience in public affairs, government affairs, community relations, educational or other nonprofit environment preferred. Experience with emergency planning and crisis communications.
Knowledge of research university climate highly desirable.
Master's degree in communications or related field a plus.
Ability to navigate senior-level administrators, faculty and staff to execute assignments.
Able to develop and maintain good working relationships with diverse audiences.
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