The Director of Communications is responsible for enhancing the University's reputation locally and nationally through public, media and external relations in addition to internal and external communication and social media. Serving as the chief communications professional, this role will shape and lead efforts to promote and increase visibility for the University. The Director will develop relevant strategies, relationships, and content that reflect the mission, vision, and values of the University for maximum impact.
This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who has management experience in PR and media relations and is looking to make a move to the next level in their career and/or someone who is looking to make a shift to a mission-based organization.
Applicants are required to upload one document that contains two different writing samples, written in the past three years. Please submit an article or feature story and press release or other communication statement.
7+ years of progressive and successful experience leading communications, public relations and social media efforts
3+ years of experience in crisis and sensitive communications
3+ years of experience managing direct reports
3 – 5 years of experience in AP writing style
1 – 2 years professional experience using a content management system (CMS), such as Wordpress or Squarespace
Ability travel to on and off campus locations
Ability to work evenings and weekends and be on-call 24/7 for crisis situations
Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills, including news and promotional writing skills
Proficient in AP writing style
Ability to plan and produce all aspects of communications and responsibilities in a timely and effective manner
Strong organizational skills; ability to organize self and team
Ability to prioritize and work under pressure
Strong relationships with local media
Strong knowledge of social media channels, social engagement and measurement.
Ability to work with a wide variety of people in a collaborative way
Extensive experience in leading successful comprehensive communication initiatives
Experience with crisis communications and sensitive issue management
Experience in reputation development and management
Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and develop a team
Develop and manage departmental budget
Excellent problem solving skills, including the ability to identify problems and opportunities, create and implement structures and frameworks that maximize organizational efficiency
Proficiency using relevant software – Content Management System (CMS) such as Wordpress or Squarespace, Adobe Pro, Adobe Photoshop
Creativity and innovation in teaching and learning are the hallmark of Hamline University, home to more than 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students. At Hamline, students collaborate with professors invested in their success. They are challenged in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, while cultivating an ethic of civic responsibility, social... justice, and inclusive leadership and service. Hamline is the top-ranked university of its class in Minnesota, according to U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges". Founded in 1854, Hamline also is Minnesotas first university and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Hamline is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers courses and degree programs in Saint Paul and Minneapolis.