Director of Communications, VCUarts, Qatar

Mar 08, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Communications

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar


VCUarts-Qatar ( is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts (VCUarts). Located in Richmond, Virginia, VCUarts ( is the top-ranked public art school in the U.S. VCUarts-Qatar was established in 1998 through a partnership with the Qatar Foundation and offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking; a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history; and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. Located in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, VCUarts-Qatar is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The current student body represents a diverse range of nationalities with students coming from 38 countries.

VCUarts-Qatar seeks a dynamic Director of Communications to lead the school's communications office and be responsible for developing creative strategies to promote the school to both internal and external audiences. Under the direction of the Dean and through close collaborative relationships with senior VCUarts-Qatar leadership, department/program administrators, and colleagues in the VCUarts Office of Dean, the Director will oversee the flow of news and information that informs the public and ensures that the communications office is focusing on the projects that have the greatest and most immediate impact on the reputation of the school and university. The Director will ensure a vibrant culture and bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm to lead an integrated marketing and communications team, which includes web, print and digital media, design and production, alumni publications, public relations, internal communications, videography, and social media.

The successful candidate will have a master's degree in a related field required, and/or training and professional experience that equates to a graduate degree; significant number of years of experience with a complex organization engaged in marketing, communications and/or advertising and public relations; proven superior strategic and tactical communication skills, instincts, and message development; significant and progressive experience in leadership roles to design and implement strategic communications plans incorporating clear definition of goals and target audiences aligned with institutional priorities; and be creative and ambitious yet flexible in order to thrive in a fast paced, academic environment while juggling numerous projects and simultaneously responding to numerous constituencies with ease. It is expected that candidates will have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

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