Associate Director of Communications

Job description

Associate Director of Communications

University of Puget Sound

Job ID: 4148

Location: Office of Communications

Full/Part Time: Full-Time


To advance Puget Sound's brand and raise visibility for the work of faculty, students, and key strategic initiatives through development of communications, public relations, media relations, and marketing initiatives designed to engage prospective students, alumni, donors, and the community. This role is critical to raising Puget Sound's visibility, enhancing our ability to attract best-fit students, deepening alumni engagement, inspiring donations, and building community.The associate director of communications is a superior writer, editor, and creative marketing and public relations professional who is highly organized and manages projects and produces original content for a wide-variety of projects, including marketing collateral and press releases. The associate director will assist with the development of key strategic initiatives to increase visibility, enrollment, alumni engagement, and development efforts, and is responsible for providing leadership and strategic guidance to campus partners to ensure messages are consistent with brand platform and compelling across audiences. The individual in this role is also responsible for cultivating relationships with local, regional, and national media, identifying opportunities to raise visibility of the university in various media, and supporting the efforts of journalists covering university-related stories.

  • Write and create original content for a wide variety of external collateral to include brochures, newsletters, letters, website, presentations, video scripts, etc., designed to serve key audiences, including prospective students, alumni, and donors.
  • Work collaboratively on the development of marketing and communications initiatives and project management for projects.
  • Maintain relationships with faculty and students to learn about work of interest for university publications and promotion efforts.
  • Manage media strategy to include building and maintaining relationships with key reporters and outlets, identifying and pitching story ideas, and responding to current events, news, and inquiries.
  • Develop, maintain, and update media distribution lists.
  • Regularly review a broad spectrum of publications, blogs, and other media related to higher education to identify trends and inform decisions.
  • Distribute press clips to appropriate parties, and manage collection, analysis, and archiving of press clips.
  • Serve as a resource to colleagues in other departments in terms of how to best present and gain coverage of activities.
  • Work with Director of Marketing and Communications and Vice President of Communications to prepare talking points and/or provide media training as needed to faculty, staff, and/or students.
  • Serve as a member of the Communications Emergency team and train regularly on emergency communications.

Supervisory ResponsibilitiesReports to Director of Marketing and Communications and works closely with a four-member team, as well as members of the creative and editorial teams that comprise the Office of Communications. May supervise work-study student and act on behalf of the Director as needed. May coach and manage staff as needed.
Budget ResponsibilitiesNone
Qualifications: Bachelor's or advanced degree, and at least five years of professional experience in public relations, marketing and communications, media relations, or related field. Demonstrated strategic thinking, creative problem-solving skills, and ability to exercise good judgement in making decisions. Highly organized and accurate; attentive to details. Strong work ethic; resourcefulness and willingness to take on wide-ranging responsibilities. Strong editorial and production experience, with print and digital content. Experience working with or writing for and pitching various media a plus. Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a deadline-driven environment both independently and as part of a team. The ideal candidate is creative, flexible, articulate, collaborative, curious and audience-focused; passionate about the liberal arts; is open to and excited by new ideas; and has a sense of humor. Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community
Diversity Statement:
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:
Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:
Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than April 23, 2018 ensure consideration.
Required Documents:
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.
The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA





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Posted: 4/11/2018
Application Due: 5/9/2018
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