Communications Manager

Stanford University

Communications Manager

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Stanford School of Engineering is a global leader in education and research with a long track record of turning ideas into technologies that make the world a better place. Our exceptional faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines, and our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our mission is to seek solutions to important global problems and educate leaders who will make the world a better place by using the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.

The Communications Manager will be a key contributor to the communications team, reporting to the chief communications officer. He/she will help fulfill the School's mission by helping support its nine departments fulfill a variety of communications objectives in content creation and development, media relations, digital and social media and project management. The ideal candidate has strong writing, organizational, people, and project-management skills, as well as an understanding of and appreciation for digital media, design and the content-creation process.

Core Duties:

  • Manage select communications efforts, including the creation, editing and production of digital, web and social content, emails and newsletters
  • Compose written material for diverse audiences, across a variety of channels
  • Provide media relations support for audiences that are both internal and external to the university, including on a national and international scale
  • Develop and research ideas for written publication/communication on high visibility complex topics
  • Research, develop, execute and manage high-profile written communication that demonstrates understanding of a wide variety of audiences; clearly and credibly communicates a diverse array of topics; and enhances the relevance and impact of intended messaging
  • Produce innovative written and multimedia content that share the school's research, ideas and news and school stories for a variety of channels
  • Partner with internal stakeholders such as program teams, department managers, service teams, IT, and campus partners to achieve program goals and ensure coordination, and work with internal and external customers to understand the need and purpose of a project
  • Attend and cover priority events for the School of Engineering *- Other duties may also be assigned

    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and at least three years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience. Five years preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • At least three years experience in a digital media, journalism, public relations or communications role, and deep and demonstrated understanding of digital technology and content creation and distribution
  • High level of comfort conceptualizing and working with diverse sets of content, digital platforms, and a variety of storytelling methods, and ability to change voice and editing/writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose
  • Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools and current communication trends
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner, and work effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders
  • Ability to work with technology to improve workflow and increase efficiency
  • Strong visual sense and ability to select and assess photography, illustrations, informational graphics, and other design-related elements for editorial products
  • Deep commitment to the mission of a major research institution and ability to work effectively with various constituencies including deans, faculty and administrative staff
  • Extraordinary and demonstrated collaboration skills
  • Extreme attention to detail. Ability to prioritize. Demonstrated initiative and creativity. Can-do attitude, and willingness to innovate and try new things.
  • Experience and interest in writing about engineering, technology and science

    In addition to a cover letter and resume, please submit three to five writing samples.

    About Stanford University

    Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

    Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000 which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability to promote healthy and fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

    Thank you for your interest!

    Job: Communications

    Location: School of Engineering
    Schedule: Full-time
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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