This innovative, creative and forward-thinking Chief Communications Officer (“CCO”) is responsible for leading and enhancing a long-term communications strategy to increase brand reach, enhance perception and strengthen University of the Arts (“UArts”) as a unique leader. Working closely with the President and leadership team, this individual will act as story teller in chief of university culture, values and beliefs. S/he will work tirelessly to ensure these beliefs are visible and consistent across external marketing channels as well as internally within the UArts community. The individual will navigate, collaborate and lead effectively in a broad, emergent field and successfully manage organizational relationships.
External Communications Strategy
Internal and Executive Communications
Crisis and Issues Management
Brand Strategy and Media Relations
Under Presidents Yager’s leadership of nearly four years, the environment is one of innovation, boldness and excitement. President Yager has built a senior leadership team that the COO will be joining. A recent strategic planning process lead to the new aspirational mission statement, to advance human creativity, which has given clarity, purpose and contagious momentum to the university. The CCO reports to the University President & CEO and is part of high functioning collaborative team. The success of this role is contingent upon your ability to work closely and cohesively with this team.
Develops and implements a comprehensive, long term communications strategy and plan to advance the mission and brand of the University in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, Enrollment Marketing Division and the Office of the President
Serves as a resource across the University to ensure the alignment of key messages across schools and functions
Ensures that all institutional communications effectively reflect and advance the culture, values and beliefs of the University
Develops a proactive public relations strategy and plan using all available communication tools and channels while working closely with the leadership team and local content
Develops and nurtures strong press and community relations. Responds to media inquiries and serves as spokesperson for the University
Works closely with the University President to write presidential speeches and remarks
Advises senior leaders of the University on effective communication strategies
Creates and maintains strong relationships with all University stakeholder groups, including students, trustees, alumni and faculty
In coordination with senior staff, serves as a leader of all crisis communications efforts as needed, coordination across university leaders and functions as necessary. Serves on the University Crisis Committee
Develops and maintains oversight and production of strategic and advancement-related communication projects, including special public relations campaigns related to critical University events
Serves as editor of Edge, the twice-yearly Advancement magazine
Writes and disseminates university-wide announcements, including University alerts for local media
Reviews, edits and directs newsletters, including the weekly This Week at UArts, and monthly Verge
Ensures University brand guidelines are followed
Establishes and oversees annual budget for communications function
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.
Key Attributes and Characteristics
Excellent story teller, writer, copywriter and editor
Driven by curiosity, with a rapid learning curve of new subjects / topics
Committed to diverse perspectives, ideas and people
Good sense of humor
Ambitious and proactive
Ability to work collaboratively, lead through influence, and establish trust and rapport among colleagues
Able to maintain confidence relative to sensitive or breaking news/ information
Can easily pivot between big picture and granular details
Ability to connect disparate content
Familiarity with niche media channels in the arts is helpful, but not essential
UArts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society, and has educated generations of innovated artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years. After being granted university status in 1987, UArts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nations’ first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Rosenwald -Wolf Gallery, and the new Center for Immersive Media.
Occasional travel may be required
Competitive compensation package, including base salary and an outstanding benefits package will correspond to the experience level, credentials, and personal characteristics of the candidate.
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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY:
University of the Arts mission is simple: to advance human creativity. A leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers, University of the Arts has educated generations of innovative artists, performers, designers and creative leaders since 1876. UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society. After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 30 minors, 15 graduate programs, and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, and the new Center for Immersive Media launching in November 2019. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues. Learn more about UArts.