The Director of Communications in the Office of the Provost is a communication professional and thought partner responsible for developing constituency-based strategic communications and messaging for the Office of the Provost. Reporting to the Chief of Staff to the Provost with a dotted reporting line to the Universityâ™s Senior Vice President for Communications, the Director is a collaborative and impact-focused communicator who uses a well-developed understanding of the University and its people to support the Provostâ™s wide-ranging engagement with the Brown community and the institutionâ™s many stakeholders and audiences.
The Director has exceptional writing, research, and editing skills and advances the Provost and Universityâ™s priorities by coordinating and developing messages, correspondence and a range of communications content across digital and media platforms on behalf of the Provost. This includes developing remarks, speeches, Op-Eds, talking points, and other mission-focused communications that capture the Provostâ™s distinctive voice for internal and external audiences, including, but not limited to faculty, students, staff, alumni, parents, donors, and elected officials. The Director maintains the website for the Office of the Provost, distributes communications across a range of digital and e-platforms, and develops marketing content for events and initiatives.
As part of advancing the goals of enhancing academic excellence, building community, and promoting operational excellence, the Director plans and executes a range of events and activities, including major lecture series and seminars. The Director supports engagement and outreach by conducting research to inform initiatives and projects.Â
The Director coordinates closely with the Office of University Communications and other offices, developing and maintaining relationships with colleagues from across the University to ensure effective, clear and consistent messaging that advances the institutionâ™s priorities and cultivates a diverse and inclusive community. The Director exhibits a range of qualities including decisiveness, accuracy, attention to detail, diplomacy, trustworthiness, discretion, originality, and creativity.
Develop and maintain a communications strategy for the Office of the Provost
Develop and implement an annual strategic communications plan for advancing the priorities of the Office of the Provost, updating the plan as appropriate.
Develop and maintain an ongoing communications strategy to position the Provost and Office, advance transparency and awareness of priorities and progress, and reinforce targeted messaging for relevant audiences.
Participate in and complete special communications projects for the Office of the Provost.
Ensure that strategies and content are in alignment with Brownâ™s communications policies and protocols relating to visual identity, editorial style, image use, copyright, social media guidelines, web hosting, accessibility and vendor hiring.Â
Research and develop remarks, speeches, talking points and other messages for the Provost
Draft remarks, speeches, talking points, and other forms of written and spoken communications, reflecting the Provostâ™s speaking style and voice.
Develop, generate, and research ideas for talking points and messaging on behalf of the Provost.
Gather complete and accurate facts and subject-matter detail for written and spoken communications by identifying strong and credible sources for information.
Prepare materials such as briefings, memos, and background documents for meetings and events to ensure the Provost is well prepared.
Develop and manage written correspondence on behalf of the Office
Develop written correspondence on behalf of the Provost for a broad range of internal and external audiences, including to faculty, students, staff, alumni, parents, friends, donors, and elected officials.
Oversee day-to-day correspondence in the Office of the Provost, including managing responses for the email@example.com email account and distributing announcements via other media, such as the Universityâ™s Today@Brown daily email digest.
Develop communications plans for written correspondence to ensure messages reach the desired audiences in a timely manner through appropriate media.
Manage website content based on the Provostâ™s priorities
Manage, develop, and edit the Office of the Provost website and other relevant websites, ensuring the content is timely, reflects the evolving messaging priorities of the Office and University, and adheres to the University editorial style and web accessibility standards.
Develop and maintain an overarching plan and processes for updating the Office of the Provost website and other relevant websites on a regular and timely basis.
Coordinate with the Office of University Communications as necessary to plan for significant changes to web content, upgrades to underlying content management systems, and changing priorities.
Plan and execute a range of events on behalf of the Office of the Provost
Develop and manage events on behalf of the Office of the Provost, including lectures, workshops, meetings, and series to elevate Brownâ™s profile of academic excellence and impact, promote collaboration and community, and inform discourse around critical issues on campus.
Partner with the Office of University Communications and Facilities Management to ensure events are designed to achieve goals, and are exceptionally well executed.
Innovate opportunities to communicate with local, national, and international constituencies to advance the goals of the Provost and the Office.
Promote a diverse, cohesive, and mission-driven community through in-person and virtual events.Â
Communicate and collaborate regularly with key stakeholders
Work closely with colleagues from across the University, including the Office of the Provost, Office of the President, Office of University Communications, Division of Advancement, and other academic/administrative units, to ensure communications are aligned with the Universityâ™s mission, values, and messaging strategy.Â
Develop content in alignment with Brownâ™s communications policies and protocols and follow established Brown University identity, editorial style and messaging priorities.Â
Participate in professional development opportunities and take advantage of resources to remain knowledgeable about University messaging, communications policies, and standards.
Represent the Office of the Provost in University committees and work groups as appropriate.
Masters degree in related field or Bachelorâ™s degree plus equivalent combination of education and related experience required.
7 to 10 years of experience in communications, speechwriting, journalism, public relations or a related field required.
Prior experience in the higher education setting or similarly complex organization is required.
Expertise in strategic communications and messaging.
A track record of successful execution and implementation of complex communication strategies and projects.
Excellent writing and editing skills, including proficiency in MLA and Associated Press writing styles.
Full proficiency in standard software products including the Microsoft Office suite and Google Apps.
High attention to detail.
Proven experience managing multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment.
Demonstrated ability to research information, conduct effective interviews, and write well and quickly.
Expertise in developing effective messaging in a variety of media tailored to different audiences.
Ability to quickly learn new systems and adapt to changing University practices.
Experience managing and editing content for public-facing websites, including proficiency in using web content management systems.
Ability to guide vendors providing marketing and event services.
Proven track record demonstrating exceptional judgment, diplomacy, commitment to confidentiality and responsible decision-making.
Commitment and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.
Background check: criminal and education verification.
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