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Deputy University Spokesperson

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The University of Virginia Office of University Communications seeks a Deputy University Spokesperson to help our team advance the mission of the University through effective strategic communications. The deputy spokesperson represents the institution to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the general public through effective engagement with news media, as well as through University-owned communication channels. The person in this position has an advanced knowledge of and expertise in public and media relations, story pitching, community outreach, strategic planning and project management. The Deputy University Spokesperson works independently, makes decisions in alignment with the strategic communications goals of the organization, and helps to set the public relations strategy for the University.


  • Represent the University on-the-record in digital, print, television, and radio interviews, in coordination with the University Spokesperson.
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with journalists at local and national media outlets—digital, print, television, radio—to pitch institutional stories that strengthen awareness and offer insights into the University’s mission, values, strategic initiatives and programs, and policies.
  • Develop and prepare written communications and content that represent the voice and position of the University of Virginia through official statements, news releases, op-editorials, letters to the editor, and other institutional communications.
  • Respond to media inquiries in an accurate and timely manner to elevate the University as a highly referenced academic and research institution compared with national peers.
  • Working with the University Spokesperson, prepare and train senior University officials to participate in interviews and discussions with national and regional media outlets. Offer strategic counsel and support to the University Spokesperson.
  • Represent the University’s interests within the University community and with various internal and external constituencies.
  • Advise the University Spokesperson on communications strategies for managing emerging issues associated with ongoing University-wide programs and significant initiatives associated with the University's new ten-year strategic plan.


  • Ability to exercise analytical and evaluating skills
  • Ability to articulate and present public relations concepts, and to function in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team while maintaining impartiality and objectivity
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to make effective decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure
  • High degree of professionalism and discretion Required Education and Professional Experience
  • Bachelor's or equivalent experience in English, communications, public relations, business, or related field
  • At least five years of related professional experience
  • Proven, professional track record with strong background in issues management, public affairs, journalism, or related area
  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $90,000 to $105,000, commensurate with experience


It is our privilege to tell the remarkable and evolving story of the University of Virginia. We are writers, strategists, communicators, artists and administrators, proudly celebrating, promoting and publicizing UVA’s iconic reputation, accomplishments and vision. Visit our website to find an overview of our latest work, an introduction to our team and further communications resources. (

This position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Daniel Strong, Senior Recruiter, [email protected]


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement:

Due to the scope of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.  

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.  

Note:  Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

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.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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