Primary Function: The Director of Publications and Media Relations creates and implements all publications of the School of Theology and media relations for the purpose of increasing the visibility of the University of the South, with a focus on the School of Theology, both the seminary and the Beecken Center, and its personnel, alumni, and programs.
Opportunities for Leadership:
This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications and the Vice President and Dean of the School of Theology and will be responsible for supervising multiple work-study students with task-oriented supervision and work-flow management.
Career Band: 2E
Typical Duties & Responsibilities:
Directs all School of Theology related publications:Serves as editor of Features, the School of Theology’s monthly digital newsletter/online magazine.Produces printed material that support/promote the School’s admission efforts and other public awareness needs.Functions as the content director for the School of Theology website. Creates, collects, edits, and manages content, keeping the site’s content and look consistent with the University style. Maintains an active presence for the School of Theology in all social media channels.Works with the admissions and recruiting office to support and increase admissions at the seminary. Creates, in coordination with University resources, all print and online materials and advertising for recruitment.Provides support for University advancement and church relations upon request from the assistant director of church relations, advancement, and alumni relations in the following areas—posting content to the website, the School's social media channels, and inclusion in the magazine and newsletter. Functions as the external communications director. Produces Episcopal-related and School of Theology news releases for Anglican, Episcopal, and religious media representing the University of the South, the seminary, and the Beecken Center.Works with the School of Theology's deans, faculty, senior staff, and other members of the marketing and communications staff to publicize and promote programs and accomplishments, to the 28 owning dioceses and the broader Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.Serves on multiple committees within the seminary. Participates in the planning, promotion, and execution of the committees’ efforts.Serves as the School of Theology’s proof-reader and editor for all printed, online, or published materials.Budgetary Responsibility:
Develops the budget, monitors expenditures against budget, and analyzes budgetary data for the two departments.Personal Interaction/Communication:Student Contact: Daily; work-study management of multiple studentsInternal: Daily; staff and faculty of the seminary, Beecken Center, marketing and communications staff, executive office staffExternal: Daily; Regents & Trustees, visitors, representatives from other institutions, lecturers, contracted service providers, campaign cabinets, and perspective students
Attributes of a Successful Candidate
Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred
Experience: 5-7 years experience in public relations/communications/marketing and/or journalism required
Job Related Skills:
Ability to think strategically and creativelyAbility to work collegiallyAbility to write and edit with clarity and skillAbility to work independentlyExcellent interpersonal, organizational, and project management skillsAbility to function as a spokesperson for the seminaryAbility to maintain a consistently high quality communications program to various constituencies, including donors, alumni/ae, students, potential students, and facultyDemonstrated competence in electronic and social mediaBeing a communicant member of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, and being well-informed about both, is a plusSupplemental Information
Confidential Information: Varies with department: information such as donor giving histories, student grades, student health records, employee information, staff wages.
Working Environment: Normal office environment
Any additional requirements specific to this position:
Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities. Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to an approved medical or religious exemption.