Community Relations and Land Use Communications Officer

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Stanford University

Community Relations and Land Use Communications Officer

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The Communications Officer will plan, coordinate and implement communication strategies and programs to support community relations for university projects. The officer will support the working priorities of the offices of Land, Buildings and Real Estate and Government and Community Relations. The position will report to the Associate Vice President, University Communications. This is a two-year fixed term, benefits-eligible position.


  • Develop communications and outreach strategies in support of key university projects that involve the broader Stanford community and its neighbors, such as land use planning, construction projects, real estate matters and new university initiatives.
  • Develop internal and external written communications, web and digital communications, and collateral materials.
  • Compose original copy for reports, fact sheets, newsletter articles and profiles, website copy and other marketing material, pamphlets, brochures, advertising copy, guides or other types of informational copy.
  • Edit, perform research, promote stories, or write in specialized subject areas related to land use, real estate and development.
  • Lead the development of strategic communication plans, including long and short term goals, in support of Stanford land use and construction initiatives, with a particular on those initiatives with community or governmental relations dimensions.
  • Participate in the development of key messages and strategies to communicate complex information to multiple audiences and constituencies through a wide variety of communications platforms, including digital and print media.
  • Participate in internal meetings to develop strategies and tactics for facilitating effective communications.
  • Compose written material for diverse audiences, across a variety of channels, including timely creation and editing of collateral materials, websites, blogs, news stories, emails and newsletters.
  • Develop, compile and edit supplemental materials that support written communication (i.e., backgrounders, talking points and other related materials).
  • Assist in developing content and strategy for reputation management and issues management needs of moderate complexity.
  • Develop effective relationships with key staff in Land, Buildings & Real Estate to identify high-priority communications needs, provide thoughtful counsel, and execute on agreed-upon communications initiatives.
  • Cooperate closely with the university's communications office to ensure consistent and complementary strategic plans with overall university outreach and communications.
  • Collaborate with communications colleagues in web development, social media and other functions to assist in developing and disseminating communications materials where appropriate.
  • Support related communications needs as necessary, potentially including event support, correspondence support and news media contact on issues relevant to the subject matter of the position.
* Other duties may also be assigned

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills with advanced skills and proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and listening skills with the ability to work independently and as a team member, to build strong working relationships and interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.
  • Excellent time management skills. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines. Exceptional organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to set and balance priorities while managing multiple deadlines and stakeholders.
  • Strong propensity for detail orientation and consistency.
  • Ability to work effectively and manage potential distractions in an open office environment.
  • Commitment to exercise discretion and confidentiality in all matters.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with offices across campus as well as external organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop communication strategies and content for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Capacity to write and synthesize complex materials and communicate technical information in a manner easily understood by diverse audiences.
  • Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
  • Proven success in writing for publication in print, web, and other platforms.
  • Advanced skills in conceptual editing, copyediting, and proof reading.
  • Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.
  • Familiarity with the subject areas of community relations and/or land use a plus.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Progressively responsible experience in developing communications strategies, and producing communications products that execute those strategies.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork

* - 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 his or her job.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends, sometimes with limited notice


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

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.

Job: Communications

Location: Office of Public Affairs
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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Posted: 10/2/2017
Application Due: 10/26/2017
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