Communications Specialist

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Communications Specialist

Stanford University

Job Number:
79734

Communications Specialist
6-Month Fixed-Term, Benefits Eligible
Job Code: 4264
Grade: K

The Office of University Communications provides support and campus leadership in planning, coordinating and implementing strategic communication programs that support Stanford University and its missions. University Communications is responsible for brand positioning and strategy; issues and reputation management; crisis communications; oversight of digital content and top level web and social media platforms; media relations and news services; presidential and provostial communications with the public, media and other constituencies; internal communication to faculty and staff; parent communications programs, major publications; and encompasses a campus video production studio and video production group. University Communications coordinates with communications professionals across the university on communications issues and projects, provides leadership to the Communications Working Group, and advises on communications policy with senior executive staff.

The Communications Specialist will develop communication strategies and products in support of campus issues and initiatives, in collaboration with and reporting to the Interim Vice President for University Communications. This is a six-month, fixed-term benefits eligible position.

This position is responsible for developing, implementing and managing communications strategies to provide information to Stanford's internal and external audiences about a variety of campus issues and initiatives. The position will write news stories, web content, fact sheets and other similar written communications in support of campus issues and initiatives. The Communications Specialist also will support news media response through research, internal coordination and communications development. This position may have a role in direct engagement with news media, serving as a backup to the Senior Director for University Media Relations.

As a public face for the university with campus constituents, the public and members of the media, the Communications Specialist will act as an ambassador for Stanford University and must maintain a high level of diplomacy and confidentiality. An enthusiasm for and understanding of the mission, history and ethos of Stanford is a must. This position will work closely with a team of communication professionals and the university senior administration, and will serve on the university's core crisis communications team.

The incumbent of this position is expected to be available and accessible at all hours, including nights and weekends, and have the flexibility to work off-hours as required.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Write news stories, web content, fact sheets, and other written communications, including press releases and statements, on campus issues and initiatives. Edit and revise content as necessary.
  • Develop communications strategy on campus issues and initiatives, working collaboratively with campus partners and subject-matter experts.
  • Work collaboratively to ensure that communication to internal and external constituents is consistent by advising and counseling leadership and colleagues in various campus units and providing recommendations on effective communication strategies.
  • Work closely with the Interim Vice President for University Communications and other senior campus leadership to address campus issues and initiatives. Stay abreast of said issues and initiatives in order to advise and keep the Interim Vice President and other leaders well-informed.
  • Support news media responses through research, internal coordination and communications development.
  • Serve as a backup media contact for Stanford University on institutional issues and coordinate requests for information and interviews from media. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with local, regional, national and international media organizations and individual journalists, as needed, working in concert with the Senior Director for University Media Relations.
  • Act as ambassador for Stanford University and maintain high level of diplomacy and confidentiality.
  • Special communications projects as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Bachelor's degree and at least seven (7) years of relevant experience in a similar spokesperson and media relations role within a complex organization.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
  • Superior news judgment and persuasive communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain close relationships with faculty, journalists and university colleagues.
  • Excellent written communication skills; research and analytical skills; and skills in editing, copyediting, proofreading and incorporating feedback from diverse perspectives.
  • Proven experience working collaboratively with internal communications groups across campus, colleagues and key stakeholders - or similar experience in a similar setting.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and diplomacy in working with a variety of people.
  • Mastery of skills in journalism and public relations.
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in deadline-driven, fast-paced and high-pressure situations.
  • Must be available and accessible at all hours, including nights and weekends, with the flexibility to work off-hours as required.

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.



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Location: Office of University Communications, California, United States
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To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

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: 7/17/2018
Application Due: 7/17/2030
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