Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations
University of Pittsburgh
June 8, 2018
Pitt-Johnstown is seeking an energetic, dynamic academic leader for the position of executive director for communication and public relations, a senior management position reporting directly to the President. The Executive Director serves as the chief public relations officer for the university and is responsible for developing and implementing an overarching plan for communications and marketing that support and reflect the university's goals and objectives. The successful candidate will have a proven record of success in building a strong and reputable public profile for organizations as well as demonstrable experience and evidence of producing high quality publications and presentations. Exceptional writing skills across multiple media platforms is required for this position. Master's degree required with a minimum of five years of professional experience. The executive director for communications and public relations is responsible for:
Directing strategic and comprehensive communication, marketing and public relations program that incorporates all traditional and digital channels and media that can be considered best-in-class among the university's peers across public and private higher education;
Creating high-quality publications and presentations for internal and external audiences to include alumni, board of advisors, donors and community partners;
Ensuring that the President is informed, prepared and highly productive when communicating with the press and general public;
Assessing the institutional effectiveness of existing and proposed communications strategies and media platforms; establishing defined goals, objectives and metrics for all communications activities and monitoring progress toward fulfillment;
Serving as public spokesperson for the university to promote a positive and energetic message of campus;
Promoting network of collaboration with offices across campus to discover and promote relevant stories of student and community achievement within the context of the mission and vision of the university;
Leading crisis communications, including establishing crisis communications policies and procedures; offering real-time crisis management, counsel and support.
Internal Number: 159876
About University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.
Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.
Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military..., conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.