Institutional Communications Manager

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Institutional Communications Manager

Stanford University

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Institutional Communications Manager

Job Code: 4264 (Public Relations Officer 3)
Job Grade: K

Stanford University is one of the world's leading universities, with a mission of contributing to humanity through its teaching, research and patient care. This is an exciting time at Stanford as we move toward implementing the recommendations of a community-wide long-range planning process. That process identified new strategic initiatives for Stanford in the areas of Advancing and Bridging Academic Disciplines; Building Pathways to Impact; and Strengthening Communities On Campus and Beyond. Join an extraordinary community of accomplished and innovative people, passionately dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and its application for the benefit of our wider world.

University Communications provides support and campus leadership in planning, coordinating and implementing strategic communications programs that support Stanford and its mission. 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; executive communications; major publications; and a campus video production service. University Communications coordinates with communications professionals across the university.

The Institutional Communications Manager will design and implement communications strategies that inform and engage Stanford's internal and external audiences about a variety of university issues and initiatives. Reporting to the Associate Vice President, this full-time position will coordinate both proactive and reactive communications efforts on a range of institutional topics, in areas including academic initiatives, student life, business affairs, crisis response, community engagement and more. Strong writing and strategy development are essential to this work, as is the ability to consult with and advise a wide array of campus partners on communications needs in a wide and changing variety of situations and subject areas.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement communications strategies on university issues and initiatives
  • Consult, advise and collaborate with campus partners and subject-matter experts on communications needs associated with a wide range of institutional topics
  • Write and edit communications products on university issues and initiatives, potentially including stories, web content, social media content, messaging documents, fact sheets, video scripts and constituency-tailored communications
  • May do newswriting on university events and institutional governance
  • Coordinate with University Communications colleagues (media relations, digital media, video production and others) on execution of communications projects
  • Support crisis communications efforts in response to events on or off campus
  • Support media relations efforts with research and, where needed, direct engagement with representatives of the news media
  • Work with campus partners on communications needs for high-profile campus events
  • Some after-hours work, sometimes with limited notice
  • Other related duties as assigned
    To be successful in this position, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and seven years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience
  • Exceptional writing, supported by excellent skills in research and analysis; editing and copyediting; and incorporating feedback from diverse perspectives
  • Significant experience in the design and execution of both proactive and reactive communication strategies involving complex issues with multiple constituencies
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative and relationship management skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet tight deadlines
  • Deep thinking about complex issues, coupled with demonstrated ability to synthesize multiple dimensions of complex issues in compelling communications products
  • Ability to make decisions and execute in time-limited, high-visibility situations
  • Strong sense of self-motivation and independent follow-through
  • Commitment to discretion and confidentiality where needed
  • Familiarity with the journalism, public affairs and thought leadership space

    In addition, our preferred requirements include:
  • Experience working in a decentralized environment
  • Familiarity with issues in higher education

    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.

    Why Stanford is for you:

    Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

    Additional Information
    • Schedule: Full-time
    • Job Code: 4264
    • Employee Status: Regular
    • Grade: K
    • Requisition ID: 84314


    Location: Office of University Communications, Stanford, California, United States
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    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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    Job No:
    Posted: 8/14/2019
    Application Due: 8/14/2031
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