Assistant Director, PBSci Communications

Assistant Director, PBSci Communications
Communications and Marketing

JOB #: 1707375

Full Time; Career
Starting Salary Range: $60,000-$67,000/annual. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.

Recognized as an outstanding public research university, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) is committed to research and undergraduate education that benefits both the individual and the planet. Situated on 2,000 acres among the redwoods and overlooking the Monterey Bay, the campus serves nearly 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The main campus is located just 30 miles from San Jose, the southern hub of Silicon Valley, with a satellite campus opening in San Jose this fall.

University Relations (UR) builds enduring relationships, resources, and understanding that enable UC Santa Cruz to provide educational opportunities, create knowledge, and transform lives. UR works closely with internal and external constituencies of the campus including trustees of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, the Alumni Council, and members of other key constituencies.

University Relations provides leadership, strategic planning, and central services in the areas of alumni, donor and parent relations and outreach, fundraising, government relations, communications, marketing, media relations, public events and publications (electronic and print), and campus Web development. In addition, University Relations provides support for the UC Santa Cruz Foundation and the UCSC Alumni Associations, both separate, not-for-profit corporations in the state of California.

The Assistant Director leads the development and refinement of external and internal communications for the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences (PBSci) at UC Santa Cruz. In collaboration with the development team and the departmental and divisional staff and faculty, the Assistant Director will develop an integrated marketing communications plan that includes publications, strategic marketing, and messaging to advance the division, its academic departments and programs, and its research centers.

In addition, the incumbent will be proactive in positioning the academic programs, faculty, and research with external constituents. The incumbent will manage the content and presentation of the divisional web site and related sites and will develop and post relevant information on social media platforms for the division. The incumbent will be responsible for management of the division's internal and external marketing and communication initiatives related to fundraising and will orchestrate the planning associated with these efforts. In addition, the incumbent will write news and feature stories and create other materials needed to cultivate major donors and attract high quality faculty, researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students.

Please be sure to include your resume for full consideration.

Qualifications include:

Bachelor's degree and five or more years of web design and communications experience, preferably within a higher education setting or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Evidence of increasingly responsible experience in developing and managing all aspects of effective marketing and public relations plans, preferably for science-focused educational programs.

Strong written communications skills. Demonstrated ability to compose and edit copy for the web, social media, publications, press releases, and other marketing and development materials. Ability to critique work accurately and professionally and to accept edits and changes from multiple parties.

Successful track record in developing and maintaining strong contacts with local and national press and internal communications networks for the purpose of publicizing high-profile activities, people, and research findings.

Working knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and volunteer relations practices.

Conditions of employment:

Selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check.

Ability to travel as a University Relations representative.

Ability to work occasional nights and weekends as required.

Will be required to complete Title IX (Sexual Harassment) training every two years.

Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here:

Position is open until filled; Initial Review Date: 08/30/2017

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit they must be submitted electronically via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site ( ) on or before the initial review date (IRD). A computer is available at the UCSC Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center (SVC), 100 Enterprise Way, Suite 100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodation call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service 800-735-2922. The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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