Department:School of Journalism and Communication Appointment Type and Duration:Regular, Ongoing Salary:$80,000 - $90,000 per year Compensation Band:OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2018-2019 FTE:1.0
Application Review Begins June 11, 2019; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants Complete online applications must include a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references.
Department Summary The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is an accredited research and professional school serving approximately 2,200 undergraduates and 100 graduate students both on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene and at the George S. Turnbull Center in Portland. Degrees offered are the BA, BS, MA, MS and Ph.D., as well as a minor in Media Studies. The school also supports the interdisciplinary major in Cinema Studies and interdisciplinary minors in Multimedia and Native Studies. The SOJC employs approximately 125 individuals as faculty and staff, over 50 graduate employees as well as roughly 50 student employees. The School is one of the oldest journalism programs in the nation, founded in 1916.
Position Summary The Director of Communication designs and leads a targeted communication program dedicated to building a clear voice, reputation, and brand for the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). This position will develop the overall communication goals and objectives with metrics for success. Superb writing and editing skills are essential. As a key member of the development and external relations team, the Director will be responsible for all aspects of strategic communication (i.e., public relations, advertising, and recruitment/marketing) both internally and externally. A primary goal of this position requires designing and implementing systems to effectively use traditional, interactive, social, and innovative strategies to engage diverse audiences, including prospective and current students, faculty and staff, alumni, donors, Eugene and Portland communities, and relevant academic and professional groups. This position requires strong strategic and tactical skills (e.g., social media strategy, metrics-based decision making, writing, editing and design/visual communication knowledge); evidence of effective project management experience; the ability to coordinate and produce quality work on deadline; and experience effectively managing staff, students, and freelancers. A commitment to support the University’s emphasis on academic excellence in a culturally diverse environment is critical.
This position has supervisory responsibility of SOJC Communications staff as well as student employees and freelance agents, as needed. It also has authority over the SOJC communications budgets. This position also assigns and evaluates work from a Senior Graphic Designer that reports to University Communications.
The Director of Communication has a dual report to the Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication and the Chief of Staff of University Communications.
Minimum Requirements • Bachelor’s degree • Five years of experience in strategic communications, advertising, public relations, journalism, and/or marketing.
Professional Competencies • Demonstrated proficiency in: o Writing, editing, and AP style principles; o Managing personnel, contracts, and budgets; o Applying strategic communication (i.e., advertising, marketing, and public relations) principles and practices; o Providing metrics to capture the impact of the communication program and campaigns; o Overseeing web content management; and o Producing quality work on deadline. • Be a strategic thinker, team player, and an ethical communicator. • Exhibit attention to detail and understanding of excellent customer service. • Possess a working knowledge of the relevant technology and terminology of the trade (e.g., digital publishing, social media, photography, etc.). • Demonstrated ability and/or commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds in an inclusive, welcoming environment; ability to effectively work and communicate with individuals from varied cultural backgrounds all committed to the academic excellence.
Preferred Qualifications • Proven knowledge regarding trends and emergent platforms in social media and analytics. • Demonstrated experience managing content strategy. • Proven track record of innovation. • Evidence of consistent productivity in a high paced, high demand environment. • Expertise in media relations, particularly with major and emergent news media outlets. • Implemented examples of effective systems in strategic communication and/or project management.
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