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Director of Presidential Communications

University of Maine System
Orono, Maine
$60,000 - $68,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience
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This is a particularly impactful time in the institution’s more than 150-year history. The University of Maine System recently received a $240 million investment from the Harold Alfond Foundation; it is the largest gift ever given to a public institution of higher education in New England and will propel to new heights the state’s largest educational, research, innovation and talent development asset. Along with our unified accreditation and Strategic Vision and Values, which affirm our focus on fostering student success, discovering and innovating, and growing and advancing partnerships, this transformational gift provides an opportunity to attract exceptional and collaborative leaders to the University of Maine community.  We seek applicants who lead effectively through meaningful change; value and uphold transparency; demonstrate a commitment to promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion, and equity; support world-changing research; encourage innovative teaching practices; recognizing and seize opportunities; and amplify the university’s profile.

The flagship campus of the University of Maine System, UMaine is a land, sea, and space grant university serving the state, nation, and world through its research, teaching, economic development, and public service mission. The institution has a foundational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. UMaine is located in the town of Orono, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias (“UMaine Machias”), and has facilities, faculty, and staff statewide. UMaine is home to a vibrant community of more than 11,000 students who are drawn to this institution from across Maine, Wabanaki First Nations, almost all of the U.S. states, and 62 countries. The University offers more than 90 undergraduate and 100 graduate programs taught by world-class faculty with modern teaching and laboratory facilities. With a sustained focus on research, innovation, and entrepreneurship and annual extramural research expenditures exceeding $137 million, UMaine is seeking to achieve the highest Carnegie Classification as a doctoral university with very high research activity. Located on Marsh Island in the Penobscot Nation homeland and home to the state’s sole Division I athletic program, the University employs 1,030 full and part-time faculty, and 1,560 staff. It is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of the state through research, cultural enrichment, and the development of an educated workforce. UMaine Machias offers its 650 students baccalaureate degrees within an active and diverse community of learners who share a commitment to exploration, leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary problem solving.

The University of Maine President regularly communicates with various audiences on and off campus as the leader of Maine’s research and land grant university and its regional campus, the University of Maine at Machias, and as the University of Maine System Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation. These audiences include members of the university community, civic groups, and businesses, members of the legislature and Congressional Delegation, UMS and others at the local, state and national levels. The Director of Presidential Communications develops a wide range of communications on behalf of the President. The successful candidate will work closely with the President, Chief of Staff, and Senior Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, and in conjunction with the University of Maine Foundation team to craft communications, including correspondence, formal speeches, presentations, social media, video recordings and other collateral materials for the President. The Director of Presidential Communications also will work with relevant members of the leadership and deans’ councils and their teams in coordinating the content and delivery of the communications as needed.

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The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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