Director of Communications

Riverside, CA
May 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full/Part Time
Full Time

8AM - 5PM

Commensurate with Experience

Position Information
Reporting to the CFAO and in support of the initiatives defined by the Dean and Divisional Deans, the incumbent will initiate the development, planning, implementation & evaluation of a communications program for the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). Reaching both internal and external audiences as appropriate, the program ensures wide-spread representation of the College's research, activities and accomplishments. The Director of Communications researches and gathers information to craft communications aimed at reputational enhancement and recognition of important events. As such, s/he works as a liaison with central campus offices including the Office of Strategic Communications and the office of Governmental & Community Relations to ensure that CNAS accomplishments are incorporated into the larger communication plans. The incumbent must have an interest in leveraging social media, including the ability guide the college through a comprehensive web redesign effort. The Director must possess the skills to maintain & bolster a CNAS web presence. The candidate must be hands-on and act as an able advisor to CNAS departments with the skills to write, edit, layout and proof brochures, newsletters and other publications in support of the teaching, research and service missions of the College. Finally, as a coordinator for all types of communications, the Director will represent the college at events and assist event specialist with support & readiness. Applicants will be required to submit a work sample as part of the selection process.

Minimum Requirements
Knowledge and understanding of technical applications to effectively direct technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.
Experience with organizing and implementing special events.
Knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.
Knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to target and/or broad general audiences.
Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.
Expert knowledge of graphic design, speech-writing and creating presentation materials.
Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
Demonstrated significant experience in developing and implementing a comprehensive web content strategy for responsive (mobile-friendly) devices.
Knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education and/or health sciences.
Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Information
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #12 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 55th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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