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The Director of Communications reports to the Dean and directs the public communications program for the Price School. The Director oversees the design and production of a comprehensive communications strategy, including generation of content and messaging to shape the Price Schoolâs image to targeted audiences. Â
The Director of Communication will develop and execute public communications goals and strategies for the Price School and will participate in long-range and short-term strategic planning. The Director will have primary responsibility for designing and producing comprehensive communications elements through current best practices, and will direct the generation of content, including original text and publications. The Director will oversee a communications team that will provide content to the Schoolâs digital media team for the website and social media channels, such as research and editorial posts. The Director will manage content to ensure it is up-to-date, compelling, and accurately reflects the Schoolâs priorities.
The Director of Communications will build meaningful connections and communicate the Schoolâs goals and messages to internal and external audiences. The Director should be well-acquainted with Price School faculty and research centers in order to develop a communications strategy that highlights the impact of the Schoolâs research activities. The Director will interface with news outlets, central communications, and community channels in all matters of communication to define the Schoolâs message and vision. The Director will establish an appropriate network of professional contacts and maintain currency with professional organizations and publications. The Director will attend meetings, conferences, and represent the School as assigned. This position is located on the University Park campus.
The Director of Communications will be responsible for all major events within the school. The Director will supervise the Manager of Events and advise on overall event strategy that supports Price School initiatives to a wide range of audiences. The Director will oversee recruitment, hiring, orientation and training of necessary staff, determining staffing needs based on the Price Schoolâs goals and objectives. The Director will manage the performance evaluation process, ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures, and will counsel, discipline and/or terminate employees as required. The Director will manage a department budget.
The minimum is a Bachelorâs degree with 5 years of progressively responsible experience in journalism and public relations. Communications management experience at USC or another academic environment is highly preferable.Â
Preferred qualifications and experience
7+ years of public communications management;
ability to develop overall School messaging and communications strategy, and all facets of the Schoolâs brand identity;
ability to create external-facing content, original news stories and editorials, as well as print and digital publications;
experience with media relations and reports;
familiarity with the support and distribution of research and peer institution communications;
exceptional verbal and written communications skills, and an ability to engage a variety of stakeholders;
experience developing event and program budgets, and managing organizational events;
ability to provide thought leadership to the School and Dean, and to lead a communications team and inspire them to achieve ambitious objectives.
About the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
The Price School of Public Policy has a mission to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. It meets this mission by advancing three guiding pillars: make government and civil society more effective, plan and develop sustainable cities, and forge solutions through policy change and implementation. These crucial goals inspire research, education and connection among Price School faculty, students and alumni worldwide. The School emphasizes governance, urban development and policy with interdisciplinary research centers and six primary fields of study: public management, public policy, nonprofit leadership, health policy and management, urban planning and real estate development. Price School expertise spans the public, nonprofit and private sectors, with impact that is mission-driven and global.
Points of Distinction
Tenured and tenure-track faculty of 43 specializing in a wide variety of fields including economics, health policy, transportation and land use, organizational development, political science, and many more
14 research centers, institutes, and initiatives
Approximately 2,140 students: 540 undergraduate, 950 graduate
Endowment of over $200 million
Centers in Los Angeles and Sacramento
The University of Southern California offers excellent benefits to staff employees which include:
Health, dental, and life insurance
Personal and regular holidays
Disability and retirement plans
Participation in cultural and social events as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities
The University of Southern California is offering a competitive salary within an academic environment commensurate with the candidateâs experience and education.
USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of theÂ Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for HiringÂ ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email atÂ Â email@example.comÂ Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Management experience in journalism and public relations.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.