The Director of Presidential Communications is an excellent communicator and trusted advisor to the President on communicating the strategic plan and the execution of strategic initiatives. The Director facilitates the development and coordination of high-priority communications that advance the President's vision and mission of the University. The Director of Presidential Communications will be responsible for all the President's communications, and will collaborate with the senior leadership team and others on campus to coordinate relevant, timely and effective communication for various audiences on and off campus.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, communications, English, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Minimum eight years' professional experience writing senior executive level communications. Superb writing capabilities, including an ability to write quickly, persuasively, clearly and in the President's style on a variety of subjects.Ability to take the initiative and work independently. Experience using different media including Web, social media, and traditional to communicate. Strong portfolio with experience in researching, writing and editing varied types of content. Collaborative and open to input; comfortable working in a rapid-response, team environment. Interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with a wide range of audiences including leadership, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community groups, donors, and elected officials. Nimble, flexible writer skilled in a variety of approaches for engaging audiences. Experience and comfort working in a deadline-driven environment of multiple projects and quick turn-around requirements. Exceptional organizational skills and proven ability to keep track of and meet numerous deadlines; ability to handle multiple tasks in a timely manner and effectively re-prioritize responsibilities. Experience with the Microsoft Office suite including PowerPoint, and experience in crafting messages for an executive using social tools such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with others.
Master’s degree in journalism, English, communications, public relations, or MBA. Experience reporting to and working directly with a senior executive. Experience communicating organizational core values and mission. Experience as an executive speech writer.Experience working within an academic setting. Experience in writing internal communications.
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About Oakland University
As a state-supported institution of higher education, Oakland University has a three-fold mission. It offers instructional programs of high quality that lead to degrees at the baccalaureate, master?s and doctoral levels, as well as programs in continuing education; it advances knowledge and promotes the arts through research, scholarship, and creative activity; and it renders significant public service. In all its activities, the university strives to exemplify educational leadership in a diverse and inclusive environment.