Director of Executive Communications

Oxford, Ohio
Aug 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description Summary: Job ID: 4678 - FT - Unclassified (salaried)


Position Overview


The Director of Executive Communications is responsible for developing the strategy for the Miami University president’s written, digital/interactive and verbal communications and messaging. S/he ensures articulation of the president’s goals and objectives for the University’s mission, values and strategic direction in all communications and media.  The director works closely with external units including senior leadership, development, alumni relations, marketing and communications and government relations.






Duties/Physical Demands: Responsibilities


Under general direction of the executive assistant to the president, develops the strategy and framework for the Miami University of Ohio president’s written, digital/interactive and verbal communications and messaging.  Aggregates information regarding the University’s core mission, values and strategic direction of the strategic plan and the president’s unique strengths as a thought leader in a variety of academic and leadership topics. Works to ensure that top leadership is reflecting Miami University of Ohio’s strengths in all forms of executive communication. Ensures consistent alignment of messaging among all senior leaders. Assists in the preparation of topics for speeches and talking points which advance the University's mission and contribute to the state, national and global discourse in higher education and related issues.  Assists the president and senior executive team in responding to diverse University matters through Web, electronic and print communications, and University and community forums. Strategizes opportunities and identifies events that require strategic messaging and talking points.  Assists with social media strategies and shaping the words and images of leadership Web sites. Essential Functions




Work closely with the president, executive assistant to the president, Provost, and vice presidents, to develop strategies for advancing the president’s vision and message. Conduct research to develop the strategy and framework for communications that contribute to and advance the focus and substance of the president’s ideas and plans. Review and ensure accuracy of all facts, statistics and claims made about the university in presidential communications. Translate the president’s vision into communications that profile and raise the visibility of the campus. Orchestrate opportunities for the president and senior leaders to present issues and brand messages.  Research and analyze issues and interests of audiences/organizations. Work with university external relations offices to identify and leverage external relationships for speaking opportunities and building community relations. 65% WRITING AND COORDINATION OF COMMUNICATIONS


Develop executive communications in written, video, audio and digital formats. Write content in the president’s voice and message for use in: University and external print, Web, and social/digital communications; discussions and communications with external and internal constituents; media; and with defined audiences.  Prepare talking points for the president’s public speaking opportunities (and develop PowerPoint slides) and draft opinion editorials on current issues. Develop ideas, information and analyses for speeches and statements on major issues.  Advise on content, approach, tone and other aspects of communication. Coordinate content for major reports involving the president, such as the campus’ and the president’s annual goals statements, the campus’ annual report, the president’s annual convocation address, fall and spring commencement ceremony addresses, and the president’s annual State of the Campus address.   Coordinate, write and distribute communications for various senior level officials.  Oversee and direct work of student writers.  


Minimum Qualifications: Required Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, English, or related field. At least two years’ professional experience writing executive or legislative communications. Experience using different media including Web, social media, and traditional environments to communicate. Strong writing portfolio with experience in researching topics, writing and editing varied types of content. Collaborative and open to input and new ideas; comfortable working in a rapid-response, team environment.  Interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with a wide range of audiences -- including faculty, students, leadership, staff, alumni, community groups, donors, and elected officials. Nimble, flexible writer skilled in a variety of approaches for engaging audiences. Experience and comfort working in a deadline-driven writing environment of multiple projects and quick turn-around requirements. Detail-oriented with skills in time and organizational management. Experience with the Microsoft Office suite including PowerPoint, and experience in crafting messages for an executive in social tools such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat.  


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