Director of Communications

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-11
Req: R0019904

The Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion seeks a Director of Communications to join their team at the University of Virginia. The Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) provides leadership, vision, and support for our collective diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts seeking institutional transformation at the University of Virginia (UVA). The DDEI is seeking a professional with demonstrable experience to direct and implement a comprehensive, integrated communications and marketing program that raises the visibility and amplifies the role, impacts, and brand of the division. The Director of Communications will report to the Chief of Staff in the DDEI.

The Director of Communications will create and execute communications strategies that articulate UVA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion mission, and promote events and initiatives to internal and external audiences through social media, web site content, and communications materials, such as press releases, e-newsletters, presentations, marketing graphics, and other tools. The incumbent will design and execute a strategic communications plan to articulate a University community committed to inclusive excellence and tell specific stories of UVA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, including its community engagement and grant-funded projects. This includes elevating the division’s mission and brand by proactively seeking and developing new communications opportunities, as well as managing existing opportunities and partnerships to maximize external stakeholder engagement. Responsibilities also include offering strategic guidance and counsel to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships and other departments/units who desire to collaborate on initiatives, externally or internally. The Director of Communications will execute regular communications to our stakeholders through email newsletters, website, social media, and other communications platforms.

A qualified candidate must have bachelor’s degree and at least seven years, or a master’s degree with at least five years, of experience in communications, marketing, public relations, brand management, advertising, or a related field. A deep understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the higher education landscape is required.

The successful candidate will have the ability to execute a wide range of communications functions, with strong graphic design and multimedia skills, in addition to knowledge of available marketing channels, such as print and web publications, video, email, and social media. The candidate must have demonstrated artistic and design abilities used in the creation of a wide variety of content, with the ability to create and work with both print and digital formats.

Strong organizational skills with keen attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines is required. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills are essential, as is the proven ability to clearly articulate messaging in multiple forums to a diverse range of audiences. The ability to create and draw upon significant relationships with internal and external stakeholders is required, along with the ability to be flexible, work independently, and be proactive in pursuing collaborations. A demonstrated ability to effectively design and implement marketing and/or communications strategies and deliverables for a major department or unit in a higher education or non-profit setting is strongly preferred.

This position will remain open until filled. Review of Applicants will begin November 21, 2020. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at

To apply for the position please include a resume/CV as well as a cover letter that addresses your specific interest in the position and how you have contributed and/or would contribute to excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 2/11/2021
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