At Stanford Graduate School of Business, we strive to change lives, change organizations, and change the world by providing students a transformative leadership experience, pushing the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offering a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We commit to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in service of our mission of developing innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change the world. We invite you to be part of this mission.
We're looking for an Associate Director, Communications to join our Strategic Communications team. In this role, you will develop, execute, and assess proactive communications strategy aimed at impacting the future of management and business education, by enhancing our brand management and elevating our reputation on a local, national, and global scale. You will partner with the Director of Strategic Communications to collaborate with other department leaders on strategic school-wide communications initiatives.
Bring your strategic communications experience, creativity, and ability to thrive in an environment that requires thinking about the big picture while also managing a steady flow of inquiries and requests. You're confident and comfortable working with reporters on deadline. You have excellent judgment and you are able to understand the varied perspectives of a diverse set of constituents. You have acted as a thought partner with senior leaders in business or academia, bringing your subject matter expertise to improve their effectiveness. You have experience in integrating earned media initiatives into broader communications campaigns. You're a natural team player with strong collaboration skills, and the ability to partner across the GSB on initiatives and campaigns.
Your primary responsibilities include:
Support the development of strategic communication plans, including long- and short-term goals, with methods of measuring the plan's impact on, and contribution to, the program and school.
Develop messaging and strategies to communicate complex information to multiple audiences and constituencies through a wide variety of communications platforms, including digital, print, and news media.
Work with the Director of Strategic Communications to prepare for crisis communications response and be able to direct response if needed.
Help plan, oversee, and execute school-wide proactive media relations campaigns.
Create compelling written communications for the media, sometimes under pressure.
Build relationships with faculty members to develop a plan to promote faculty thought-leadership and research to external audiences and media outlets.
Provide strategic direction and partner with various departments and programs across the GSB, other Stanford schools, and Stanford University Communications on public relations activities.
Partner with the Director of Strategic Communications to identify, secure, and staff media interviews with school leadership, staff, and faculty.
Provide media training and coaching to senior faculty and staff at the school.
Leverage relationships with key reporters and editors, media, community, and/or government leaders to secure media opportunities, and drive coverage for the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Cooperate closely with the University's communications office to ensure consistent and complementary strategic plans with overall university outreach and communications.
To be successful in this position, you will bring:
Bachelor's degree and 5 years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
Ability to humanize complex ideas and make them relevant.
Strong influencing, negotiating, and relationship management skills.
Proven ability to maintain and leverage relationships with journalists and media outlets.
Certifications and Licenses: None
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Why Stanford is for You
Stanford's dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:
Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!
We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.
How to Apply
We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the Apply for Job button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Location: Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 12000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu. Stanford is an equal empl...oyment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.