Assistant Director of Strategic Communications, 31596

UMKC Volker Campus
Jun 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Assistant Director of Strategic Communications, 31596
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 36958
Hiring Department

The Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Job Description

UMKC is looking for an experienced, dynamic, collaborative strategic communications leader with deep knowledge of media relations and digital content strategy to help lead our strategic communications team in telling the story of Kansas City’s leading university.

This person will be second in command of a talented strategic communications team and will supervise, coach and edit several front-line staff members. Regular duties include communications strategy, planning and execution; issues and crisis management strategy and execution; executive writing for campus leadership; writing and editing content for a variety of earned and owned media for internal and external audiences; and planning and creating content for the university’s website, digital newsletters and social media channels. While primarily working a week-day schedule, the assistant director also must be available for occasional night and weekend work as dictated by news and events affecting the UMKC campus and community.

Strong news judgment and organizational skills, experience in meeting deadlines and strong skills in coaching and developing staff are musts. The position reports to the Director of Strategic Communications within the Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.

The job also requires someone who can:

  • Demonstrate ability to develop content ideas in multiple formats and quickly execute compelling, high-quality content in those areas.
  • Juggle a variety of projects, demonstrating ability to move quickly on short-term needs while making progress on longer-term goals.
  • Demonstrate superb news judgment and writing skills.
  • Increase public visibility by developing and facilitating relationships with key campus and public constituents, including but not limited to academic units, campus leadership and local, regional, state and national media.
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism or Communications or equivalent direct experience is a plus
  • 5 – 10 years’ experience in journalism and/or public relations and digital communications is preferred.
  • Strong news judgment and ability to make decisions under deadline pressure.
  • Sound knowledge of editorial and journalistic principles and respect for deadlines.
  • Proven track record in content strategy, marrying together strategic thinking with ability to execute on detailed tactics in varied channels.
  • Excellent storytelling skills.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, including ability to create effective processes to facilitate smooth workflow and collaborations.
  • Experience in producing digital newsletter communications on platforms such as Emma, MailChimp or Constant Contact.
  • Technical knowledge of all major existing social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn in a professional setting.
  • Superior interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from many backgrounds and experiences, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, benefactors, media, civic leaders and other key constituents.
  • Creative problem-solving ability.
  • Experience in dealing with and pitching stories to media including ability to proactively identify communications opportunities and develop supporting content.
Full Time/Part Time

This position is full time, benefit eligible.


Salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

Application Deadline

Position will remain open until filled, review of applications will begin June 14, 2021.

Application Instructions

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of five references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

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Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


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