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Communications and College Relations Director

Lehman College
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Communications and College Relations Director

Communications and College Relations Director

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Lehman College

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Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing, the Director of Communications will design and implement an aggressive communications program that supports Lehman College’s strategic objectives and advances Lehman College’s mission. The Director will also serve as College spokesperson as needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develops an overall media outreach plan for the College to promote key initiatives, special events, and fundraising news. Determines media strategy and enhances approach in response to outcomes.

  • Works with the Provost’s Office, deans, and departmental chairs to develop newsworthy items for media promotion and to establish a list of experts for media pitches in response to breaking news.

  • Serves as media advisor to college administrative and faculty leadership. Provides media training and briefings to college personnel as needed.

  • Experience managing media relations on sensitive issues and/or crisis situations

  • Develops and manages overall digital content strategy for the College, including internal and external communications, social media, e-newsletters, and other digital communications

  • Collaborates with the Division of information Technology on website development projects

  • Collaborates with the College’s Multimedia Center on the development and use of photography, video, and related multimedia resources

  • Designs and implements systems that actively measure, manage, optimize and communicate the performance of the content issued by the College against the its operational objectives and strategies

  • Researches, writes, edits and proofreads news releases, media advisories, op-eds, statements, blog posts and other communications vehicles as needed

  • Writes statements and talking points

  • Working with the AVP, develops an overall media outreach plan for the College to promote key initiatives, special events, and fundraising news

  • Works with the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, deans, and departmental chairs to develop newsworthy items for media promotion and to establish a list of experts for media pitches in response to breaking news

  • Supervises Communications staff

  • Serves as liaison to CUNY media relations team

Lehman College, of The City University of New York, ranks among the top five institutions in the nation for fostering social mobility. A four-year Hispanic-Serving Institution in the Bronx, Lehman offers bachelor’s, master’s, and advanced degrees and certificate programs in the Liberal Arts, sciences, and professions. The College’s community-driven mission and notable academic programs attract a diverse, international enrollment of over 15,000 students who take courses on its 37-acre, tree-lined campus and online degree programs. Many thousands more community members benefit yearly from its active cultural, educational, health, and economic outreach programs and services.


  • Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience required; bachelor’s degree or higher in communications, public relations, journalism or related subject preferred; eight years of progressive experience in media relations preferred

  • Knowledge of AP style

  • Strong leadership skills, ability to take initiative, exercise sound judgment, and make sound decisions in a fast-paced environment; required to work independently, multitask and manage multiple projects and situations simultaneously and with diplomacy

  • Excellent verbal, written, listening, editing and presentation skills with proven success placing stories in top-tier outlets

  • The ability to communicate in writing is an important job-related competency.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


Directs College communications and public relations efforts.

  • Establishes goals consistent with the College mission and works collaboratively with senior management to develop short- and long-range plans to further College outreach

  • Develops and maintains comprehensive press, public relations, and internal communications strategies

  • Represents the College to a variety of external and community organizations, establishing good working relationships and two-way communications on areas of common interest

  • Oversees College web site and other major communications vehicles, such as publications

  • Plans, organizes, and implements special events including conferences, receptions, and informational programs

  • Develops and implements campaigns to foster awareness of College activities and initiatives

  • Researches and develops speeches and other critical communications by senior management

  • Maintains media relationships and serves as spokesperson representing the College

  • Identifies and leverages opportunities to promote the visibility and reputation of the College.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Communications and College Relations Director


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Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Candidates must attach a resume, cover letter, and three professional references (name, title, organization, and contact information).

All candidates will draft a writing sample as part of the interview process to demonstrate their ability to write memos and letters that are grammatically correct and express information clearly.


June 4, 2022


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


Lehman College serves the Bronx and surrounding region as an intellectual, economic, and cultural center. Lehman College provides undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional education within a dynamic research environment, while embracing diversity and actively engaging students in their academic, personal, and professional development.lehman_college_of_the_city_university_of_new_york1.jpg

Lehman College has entered a new era in its history as an institution of higher education. Already known for its outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, superb library, art gallery, theaters, speech and hearing clinic, and athletic facilities, the College will now build a new state of the art, environmentally “green” science facility that will invigorate faculty and student research as well as prepare Lehman students for science-based careers.

As the only CUNY senior college in the borough and southern Westchester County, Lehman College has adapted to meet changing conditions and is poised to respond to new needs and challenges.

lehman_college_of_the_city_university_of_new_york2.jpgOn the undergraduate level, Lehman's General Education Curriculum is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the achievements and methods of the liberal arts and sciences and to develop student abilities to participate responsively in informed inquiry into subjects of both public and personal concern. On the graduate level, the College has developed professional programs in nursing, teacher and counselor preparation, accounting, computer science, health services, and speech-language pathology. The College also offers strong traditional liberal arts graduate programs in art, biology, English, history, Spanish and mathematics.

For more than two decades, Lehman has deepened its involvement with the surrounding community. The opening of the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in 1980 and the Lehman College Art Gallery in 1984 has made the College a cultural center for the region. Together with the City and the Humanities Program, the Department of Music, and the Theatre program, they present dozens of concerts, plays, dance performances, and exhibitions that are free or nominally priced.

Lehman College also provides a variety of community services. The Institute for Literacy Studies sponsors classes to teach adults fundamentals of reading and writing, while the Speech and Hearing Center offers comprehensive evaluations of hearing and speech-language disorders.


Lehman has joined with the Bronx Superintendent of Schools’ Office and the educational reform organization New Visions for Public Schools to develop seven new small high schools in the Bronx. The schools—housed within larger, traditional high schools—are formed around the themes of the visual arts, teaching, music, college readiness, health sciences, nursing and allied health, and community research and learning.

In addition, in Fall 2003, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College opened on the Lehman campus. One of New York City’s new specialized high schools and the only one to focus on American history, the school represents a collaboration among Lehman College, the New York City Department of Education, and the Gilder-Lehrman Foundation.

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