The University of New Haven, founded on the Yale campus in 1920, is a private, coeducational university situated on the coast of southern New England. It's a diverse and vibrant community of more than 8,800 students with campuses around the country and around the world. Within its five colleges, students immerse themselves in a transformative, career-focused education across the liberal arts and sciences, fine arts, business, engineering, public safety and public service. More than 100 academic programs are offered, all grounded in a long-standing commitment to collaborative, interdisciplinary, project-based learning.
The Office of Marketing and Communications at the University of New Haven is seeking applicationsfor the position of Assistant Director of Strategic Communications. This person will play a central role as part of the digital content and media relations team, shaping new, innovative, and measurable communications strategies that are designed to enhance the visibility and awareness of the University, its key programs and senior leaders, and what differentiates the University in a highly competitive higher education marketplace. This individual will be an expert communicator, with experience in executive communications, media relations, storytelling and digital/multimedia communications.
An effective writer, editor, storyteller, interviewer, and collaborator
Well versed incorporate or strategic communications, writing content, creating and executing media relations strategies, and providing crisis communications counsel to organization leaders
Knowledgeable of digital communications, social media, and multimedia content
Write and support strategic communications (under the direction of the Director of Communications and Public Relations)
Oversee the strategic development and writing of communications related to key University priorities
Pursue placements in national media with a focus on higher education-specific publications that feature the University's senior leaders and/or tell the story of the University and our signature programs
Provide editorial and communication support for major campus events including Commencement and Convocation, among others; Assist with crisis communications and social media monitoring, as needed
Collaborate with members of the content team to develop new ways to promote and tell the story of the University and our community members
Preparing articles, press releases, and other content for dissemination to the media
Create opportunities to collaborate with professors, individual students, and classes to feature student-created work across the University's website and social media channels
Develop and pursue new ideas for social media and website content as well as strategies that create new media exposure for University leadership and signature programs
Work closely with Director of Communications and Media Relations; Digital Content Producer; and Media Relations Coordinator to implement a comprehensive editorial calendar and measure KPIs of created content
Support overall institutional goals by serving on university committees as needed; Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in a related field of study such as communications, public relations, journalism, writing, English and at least three years of experience.
Ability to travel on behalf of the University
Valid driver's license
What's In It For You:
Health & Welfare Programs: Employees and their eligible family members, including spouses and dependent are eligible for Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Programs.
Wellness & Fitness: On-campus Recreation and Fitness Center for employees and families; Employee Assistant Program
Commitment to Educational Excellence: Tuition assistance for employees and eligible dependents; Tuition exchange opportunities
Employee Discounts on products, services and educational opportunities
Work/Life Benefits: Generous paid time off programs; progressive paid holiday schedule (including holiday break between Christmas and New Year's); 4 weeks of parental paid leave; flexible work schedules including summer hours where applicable
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education.Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960 and opened its Orange Campus in January, 2014. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities.The University enrolls approximately 6,800 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 5,000 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and Tagliatela College of Engineering, UNH offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 500 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.