Director of Program Outreach and Implementation for the School of Communication

May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Emerson College

Director of Program Outreach and Implementation for the School of Communication

The School of Communication (SOC) is one of only two academic schools at Emerson College. It houses four departments (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Journalism and Marketing Communication), offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in business of creative enterprises, civic media: arts and practice, communication management, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, integrated marketing, journalism, political communication, and sports communication.
With over 1,300 enrolled students and as many as 150 affiliated, clinical, and full time faculty, the SOC offers one of the oldest stand-alone communication programs in the country, and aspires to be a leader and premier destination for communication education in the 21st century. The School excels at balancing scholarship and real-world skills, preparing students to be innovative storytellers, creative and critical thinkers, writers, and communication practitioners in an increasingly global, diverse, and digital world.
The Director of Program Outreach and Implementation is responsible for advancing external-facing efforts that position the School of Communication as an exceptional institution in the higher education marketplace.
We seek an established, talented professional, with expertise in communication, marketing, public relations, or similar fields to work with the dean and faculty on communication strategies and implementation from concept to execution. Working closely with colleagues in the central Emerson offices of Marketing, Communications, and Enrollment Management, the Director promotes and amplifies the SOC's academic programs, faculty accomplishments, student achievements, and exceptional influence within the industry. The Director fosters and strengthens relationships among colleagues within the School and across the institution, sharing insights, data, and ideas with internal and external communities, including School of Communication parents and alumni.

Campus Location: Boston Campus

Required Knowledge:
•Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree highly preferred.
•Creative vision, project management focus, and a systematic approach to his/her work, with a strong sense of accountability for deadlines and outcomes.
•Demonstrated leadership ability in steering projects from conception to completion.
•Strong speaking and writing skills.
•Supervisory experience and proven skills coordinating teamwork.
•Familiarity with writing, editing and publishing software programs (Word, Photoshop), in addition to other standard office software (Excel, Power Point).

Preferred/Desirable Knowledge:
•Familiarity with Web design and Web publishing (the Director will supervise the SOC Web Coordinator). •Demonstrated ability in working well with highly diverse populations. •Capacity to work empathetically and effectively with others. •While previous work experience in higher education is not a requirement for this position, it is a desirable/preferred skill.

Required Prior Work Experience:
•Expected credentials include 7-10 years of prior full-time work experience related to project management in communication, marketing, publishing, higher education, or related areas.

Diversity Statement:
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

Open Date:

Classification Title: Manager 4

Salary Grade: 18

Job Family: Manager

Job Duties:
  • •Assist the dean and department chairs in the implementation of a communication strategy for the SOC, including communicating with internal and external audiences; developing and implementing a branding and identity campaign; working with the Web Coordinator to make sure all web content is regularly produced and updated. •Make sure the SOC message and brand are communicated consistently and coherently.
  • •Work with the School’s web coordinator, collaborate with faculty, department chairs and the office of Marketing to strengthen the School’s web and digital media presence. •Manage the School’s social media accounts and strategies.
  • •Assist with public relations, event planning, management, and execution. •Serve as project manager for School-wide and departmental initiatives, including the development of communications, marketing, and market research efforts for new programs, and associated project plans related to academic program creation, modification, and expansion.
  • •Consult regularly with the appropriate Emerson colleagues (e.g. department chairs, Marketing, Communications, Admission, Enrollment Management) to ensure all are knowledgeable of and accountable for key timelines, benchmarks, and messaging. •Serve as principal liaison for the School and its departments to Emerson’s offices of Marketing and Communications.

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