Overview: The associate director of campus communications proactively leads internal communication activities partnering closely with the assistant vice president of marketing and communications, the associate director of external communications, and university leadership members. This role is charged with communicating complex issues to the campus community, operational and leadership updates, and supports crisis communications. This role will strategically use internal platforms to articulate university goals and initiatives in a clear manner to a diverse audience. The person in this role will work directly with the president, vice presidents, deans, faculty, administrators, and students. Depending on the topic, the associate director, campus communications may also be charged with leading press coverage or responding to media inquiries for executive announcements.
Bachelor's degree in public relations, communications or related field
Minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in communications, public relations/affairs or related field
Experience working in corporate internal communications, and/or broadcast, print and digital media
Evidence of collaborative work with internal and external constituencies to plan and execute communication strategies
Demonstrated competence/experience in working in or with organizations and/or constituencies from diverse backgrounds
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to communicate and work comfortably with students, colleagues, and internal and external constituents, including diverse populations
Demonstrated experience in creating communication strategies across a broad range of media, including digital platforms
Strong writing skills, ability to produce content quickly, and follow a writing style guide
Knowledge of principles and methods of implementing a comprehensive public relations program
Master's degree in public relations, communications or related field
Experience as a designated spokesperson for an organization and developing on-campus relationships; crisis and issues management strongly preferred
Experience in higher education
Understanding of and familiarity with monitoring and measurement tools
Political acumen and judgment to handle sensitive or difficult situations with discretion. Skills in sensitivity, diplomacy, and flexibility to balance diverse campus communications demands, goals and needs along with demonstrated commitment to principles of community and diversity
Experience in a university environment with a strong background in advancement operations or foundation operations.
Evidence of active involvement in organizations related to public relations, marketing and communications
This is a hybrid position with on-campus, in-person responsibilities, which may require ocasional work on evenings and weekends.
Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5-10 pounds.
Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter. Additonal writing samples may be requested.
Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university.
This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.
EEO Statement: Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.
Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.
Salem State University, located just 15 miles north of Boston, is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and an important partner in the economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of-Boston region. Situated in the historic seacoast town of Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State provides a diverse community of learners a high quality, student-centered education; one that prepares them to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society.