1) Reporting to and working closely with the Assistant Vice President for Media and Public Affairs, the Assistant Director for Public Affairs develops and deploys media responses and external media strategies for institutional stories and issues.
2) Identifies internal and external issues with the potential to generate public interest and affect the Universityâ™s reputation, and helps to develop communications strategies for anticipating and responding to issues.
3) Analyzes issues quickly, accounts for diverse points of view, and clearly articulate issues at stake and the underlying values and culture of the University.
1) Clear, precise, and direct writing
2) Strong judgment and confidentiality in sensitive matters
3) Experience in crisis management communications
4) Ability to navigate a complex organization, show leadership in a collaborative environment, and exercise diplomacy at many levels
5) Ability to execute in fast-paced situations, operating calmly and with focus in a crisis
6) Ability to research complex institutional issues and translate them for broader audiences
7) Familiar with the latest digital trends in social media strategy, tools and analytics
8) Understanding of broad issues facing higher education, including college access, affordability, and government support for research
9) Ability to analyze issues quickly, account for diverse points of view, and clearly articulate issues at stake and the underlying values and culture of the University.
1) Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, public policy or a similar field
1) Minimum 8 years of experience in organizational communications in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders, such as in higher education, politics and government, non-profit, or corporate settings.
2) Cover Letter
All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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