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Senior Director for Strategic Communications, Office of Communication - Georgetown University Main Campus
The Senior Director, Strategic Communications works to advance the institutional narrative and brand, initiatives and priorities of the university. The position includes supervisory duties, which may include the strategic editorial strategy and media relations functions, along with managing the daily operations of the Office of Communications.
The Senior Director, Strategic Communications is responsible for acting as an institutional spokesperson and creates, implements and manages efforts to promote and represent the faculty, research, students, policies and image of Georgetown University to internal and external audiences. The position also manages the Office of Communications' relationships with key communications officers and departments across the university. Through ongoing research, analysis and relationship cultivation, the Senior Director will provide guidance and/or direct assistance to colleagues on related public relations strategies and efforts.
The Senior Director supports the AVP for Strategic Communications and Vice President of Public Affairs in managing crisis communications, conducting assessments of potential issues facing the university; creates plans to anticipate and mitigate issues; and counsels senior leaders on response strategies and public responses. The Senior Director must develop strong working relationships with University administrators as well as department chairs, program and center directors, and faculty members throughout the university and develop a keen understanding of the university's overall strengths and priorities. Through strategic planning and positioning, the Senior Director contributes to the communications strategies in support of Georgetown's goals and objectives by generating increased visibility and awareness of the university's brand attributes.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Responsible for managing the content produced and aggregated by the Office of Communications as it relates to the university brand attributes.
Work with colleagues and direct reports to plan and execute content to promote university brand, initiatives and priorities, turning university narratives into daily, actionable content.
Develop relationships with key communications operations across the university.
Responsible for managing media relations functions for the university from the Office of Communications.
Manages the Director of Media Relations to implement proactive strategies to promote university initiatives, to promote Georgetown's Catholic identity and other institutional priorities including directing their work and fielding their questions on related public relations and communications strategies and efforts. Serves as University spokesperson on institutional issues when necessary.
Manages and prioritizes daily media inquiries among core media relations team.
Work with senior leaders to direct university response to crisis and work to proactively monitor and manage emerging issues from becoming crisis, consistent with university ERM operations.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills; sound news judgment
At least six years of strategic communications experience, with some spokesperson responsibilities; initiative; intellectual curiosity; flexibility; the ability to manage others and to work collaboratively across organizational units to ensure consistency in communications.
Candidates should have a solid track record of media placements; experience with content management systems; and experience integrating web and social media to drive media placements and other strategic communications campaigns.
S/he must have the ability to respond to deadlines and pressures of deadlines and crises; the ability to manage many projects simultaneously; the ability to analyze and resolve human, technical and marketplace problems; and the maturity, sound judgment and ability to make decisions related to management of issues and sensitive information.
Previous experience at a higher education or non-profit institution and an understanding of the University's Catholic and Jesuit identity are extremely desirable.
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