Communications Director (5887U) 27127

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Communications Director (5887U) #27127

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Application Review Date

The position will remain open until filled.

Departmental Overview

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (“the Institute”) brings together researchers, stakeholders, policymakers, and communicators to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change. The Institute serves as a national hub of a vibrant network of researchers and community partners, and, as such, plays a leadership role in translating, communicating, and facilitating research, policy, and strategic engagement for societal good. The Institute advances research and policy related to marginalized groups and social cleavages including disability, LGBTQ citizenship, race, religion, economics, public health, education, democracy and the new emerging research on global north/global south relations. The Institute represents a tremendous opportunity to bring leading researchers and substantial resources across disciplines to bear on society's pressing and pivotal issues related to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

The Communications Director is a senior leadership position and is responsible for all aspects of communication for an Institute whose visibility is high, but growing. Under the leadership of the Institute's Director john a. powell, the Communications Director oversees a comprehensive strategic communications program and leads efforts to actively infuse the Institute's body of research, both from the faculty clusters and research staff, into ongoing public debate and discussions while advancing the strategic narratives developed by the Institute and partners. To do so, the Communications Director leads organizational communication, including working with the Institute's various research programs and faculty clusters to translate research and disseminate results to targeted audiences such as policy makers, advocacy organizations, community organizations, the press, and other stakeholders using a wide variety of mediums such as digital media, social media, print media and events such as policy briefings.Early on, the Communications Director will be leading the roll out of the Institute's new name and brand that will be launched in Fall 2019.Ultimately, the Communications Director builds the Institute's brand and elevates the visibility and promotes the dissemination of Institute research.
The Communications Director should understand trends in the communications field and demonstrate thought leadership on Institute areas of research, and should be able to understand and parse key findings from our partners, clusters, and research teams, especially pertaining to message testing, survey results and public opinion, and apply those lessons to our communications strategies and products for greater impact. The Communication Director's purview extends beyond the traditional scope of messaging and media work toward moving big ideas and reframing issues for public discourse.


  • Responsible for planning, production, and oversight of all communications platforms and outreach of the Institute, including multiple websites, reports, videos, podcasts, newsletters, publications, materials for high-level donors, and branded digital communications including letterhead, logos, and other identity elements.
  • Collaborate with research program managers and cluster faculty to create communications plans, write content where appropriate and feasible, and assign resources. Provides strategic input on communications, including effective messaging, especially on emergent, current events that affect marginalized communities. Develop and oversee the Institute's Arts & Culture strategy and resources and its integration into its research programs.
  • Serves on the senior manager team and provides Institute-wide leadership. Works independently and with the Institute's leadership to build and elevate the Institute's organizational brand and voice. Build organizational audiences and strategic partnerships that advance the work of the Institute and its various program platforms.
  • Analyze, monitor and evaluate communications efforts to measure effectiveness and reports results to Institute leadership. Develop a set of metrics to measure and track success of various initiatives, projects, and efforts, online and otherwise.Evaluate effectiveness of the dissemination of critical strategic narratives and key frames or ideas in public discourse and media usage.Provide related input for proposals and reports to donors.
  • Manage, motivate and supervise communications staff, consultants and temporary workers, such as students. Responsible for communications vendors, such as printers, copyeditors, and web developers.
  • Represent the Institute in media appearances, events, meetings, and other venues.

    Required Qualifications

  • Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long and short-term strategic communication plans.
  • Advanced skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
  • A strong writer and copy editor with excellent editorial judgment.
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management, and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills.
  • Sophisticated understanding of media dialogue, narrative, discourse, and rhetoric regarding issues and policies that face marginalized communities.
  • Advanced knowledge of a complex and changing body of communications tools, including publishing software, social media channels, analytics software, website content management systems.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the full range of communications, including media, audiences, policy, and publishing.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of technical applications to direct professional technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.
  • Experience with contributing to organizational development, providing guidance and input as part of senior leadership team.
  • Advanced technical acuity in the full suite of digital publishing.
  • Advanced knowledge of editing and copyediting best practices.
  • Excellent time and project management skills.

  • Seven to ten years experience in communications roles with progressively increasing responsibility, including deep, relevant experience in all of the key responsibilities listed above.
  • Experience in a policy or research setting, and an understanding of the role of communications in achieving policy change.
  • Advanced technical acuity in the full suite of digital publishing.
  • Advanced knowledge of editing and copyediting best practices.

    Salary & Benefits
    The annual salary range of the position is $84,000-135,000, commensurate with experience.

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    How to Apply

    Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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