The Associate Director of Communications supervises all communication, assessment and systemwide engagement in the university libraries.
Working with the University Librarian, the nine campus libraries, library departments, and the Vanderbilt Office of Communications and Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, this team raises awareness of the Libraries' resources, services and activities to the campus, community and professional audiences. As one of the four keystones of the libraries' 2017 strategic plan, the Office of Assessment, Communication & Engagement (ACE) organizes and promotes the outreach activities of the Office of the University Librarian and promotes outreach events and activities spearheaded by other library units. Members work closely with the Division of Communications (especially Integrated Communications, News, Web Communications, Marketing Solutions, and Trademark), VIRG, Student Government, and others to tell the story of the library, to garner interest and support, and to celebrate the research libraries of Vanderbilt. This team is responsible for creating a culture of assessment in the libraries and for disseminating information learned from their activities.
Duties and Responsibilities This position serves as Associate Director of Communications, with a responsibility to implement and coordinate a comprehensive, system-wide program for assessment, communication, and engagement within the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries. Working with the University Librarian, the nine campus libraries, and library departments, this office raises awareness of the Libraries' resources, services and activities to the campus, community, and professional audiences.
Developing, in consultation with library leadership, the vision for ACE activities
Supervising and mentoring 5 full-time employees
Managing the unit budget
Disseminating information and news about the libraries to various constituents, including campus, philanthropic, community/civic, and media entities in an effort to promote the library's strategic priorities, programs and services.
Managing internal library communications such as informational, directional, and promotional signage. Supervising and writing for Between the Lines, the Libraries' reputation publication.
In collaboration with the Assessment Librarian and PIE Assessment Liaison, creating a culture of assessment in the libraries.
Reporting on the libraries progress in mission-related areas to the libraries, the university and to Friends via the Quarterly Report, the assessment website, and through administrative reports
Managing Friends of the Libraries outreach including 2 annual events and others.
Prioritizing and supervising ACE projects and efforts, including
Communications: key reputation pieces (such as Between the Lines), press releases, content and layout for the libraries' websites, print and digital marketing, branding, calendaring, grant opportunity outreach; and the development of policies and training to support best practices across the libraries
Engagement: Friends of the Library and other Advancement activities (including Primary Source and stewardship of donor groups such as the Wild Bunch), Office of the University Librarian programs, and co-sponsored and collaborative programs as appropriate; the development of policies and training to support best practices across the libraries
Coordinating and stewarding the Buchanan Library Fellowship program
Strategizing with Integrated Communications, News, and DAR; representing the libraries at university communications meetings
Supervising systemwide library committees:
Student Outreach and Engagement Committee
Web Management Committee
Library Assessment Committee
Student Life Committee
Managing all library-wide staff events including Town Halls, monthly Birthdays, the Holiday Luncheon, Staff Service and Awards Breakfast, and National Library Workers Day
Building a culture of grant writing in the libraries by sharing opportunities and recognizing successes
Liaising with Vanderbilt Development on any campaigns in which the library participates
Supervisory Relationships: This position supervises 5 full-time employees. This position reports administratively and functionally to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Engagement and Strategic Assessment.
First consideration will be given to candidates who submit their application materials by August 6th.
This position requires a bachelor's degree in communications, public relations or a related field.
Minimum of 5 years' experience promoting programs, events, and services of a large, complex organization
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Experience with media relations
Experience using outcomes-based assessment or other assessment rubric
Experience with fund raising
Solid understanding of library culture
Ability to assess information needs and design information campaigns suitable to a specific audience
Experience with web communications tools such as web sites, e-mail lists, and blogs
Understanding of graphic design principles, computer applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design) and printed document production
Ability to work collaboratively with librarians, faculty, administrators and other university personnel
Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule that will include some evening and weekend work
Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000867
About Vanderbilt University
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