Director of Communications

Stetson University
DeLand, Florida, United States

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Communications & Marketing
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Director of Communications

Tracking Code904 - 280Job Description

This position reports to the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications, University Marketing. This position serves as the university’s primary internal communications Subject Matter Expert (SME) and leads internal communications planning and implementation, serves as editor of Stetson Today, the university digital newspaper, and is responsible for other communication channels, such as daily announcements to the DeLand campus community.


  • Direct internal communications strategies and initiatives to further the university’s strategic initiatives and programs and advance university interests using available communication channels
  • Provide oversight and day-to-day direct management of Stetson Today, the university digital publication, editing and posting content, preparing the weekly “Your Top Stories from Stetson Today” digital newsletter, assigning stories to freelance writers and working with student writers
  • Take lead role in writing and editing internal communications in the form of emails, Stetson Today stories, announcements, digital signs, memos, web updates and other documents
  • Assist the Stetson Office of Public Safety in DeLand with communications, including emails and Hatter Alert emergency notifications to the campus community, as needed
  • In times of crisis, assist the Vice President of Marketing and Communications and the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications with communications to internal/external university communities
  • Work with the Editor of Stetson University Magazine to repurpose stories or write stories as assigned
  • Work with Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications to manage agency, contractor, freelance and other vendor support, as necessary
  • Supervise up to three part-time student workers who write stories for Stetson Today, take photographs or perform other duties, as assigned
  • Select events from the university calendar to highlight as featured events, enhancing their display on the calendar website and on Stetson Today

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree

Required Skills

  • Proven editing and writing skills
  • Understanding of higher education and current issues and best practices
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to build relationships in academic and administrative environments
  • High level of independence, energy and integrity; demonstrates respect for a diversity of opinions and styles, and accepts accountability and responsibility
  • Ability to effectively advise, partner and collaborate with university administration team
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Expertise in Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Additional software skills (e.g., Photoshop, WordPress, HTML) a plus, background and experience in CMS, SEO and the digital environment preferred

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field
  • 3-5 years of experience in journalism or communications

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record as determined by the University’s auto insurance carrier.

Salary Grade: 8

Completed COVID-19 Vaccine status required

Job LocationDeLand, Florida, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


Stetson University is located in DeLand, Fla., with a second campus in Gulfport, Fla. and two satellite centers. Founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand as the DeLand Academy and later renamed Stetson University to honor its benefactor, John B. Stetson, the university has a storied history of leadership, values and significance. The university is home to many Florida firsts, including the first collegiate newspaper, the oldest schools of business administration and music, the first college of law and was the state's first private university to integrate.

But our story is about more than the buildings at our campuses and those who helped build them; it's really about our students.

The university is led by President Wendy B. Libby, supported by administrative offices which provide services and resources to students and faculty. Stetson University is home to 73 academic programs in four divisional areas and with undergraduate and graduate studies offered in many areas. The university is accreditedby numerous accrediting agencies, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and curriculum is closely aligned with the marketplace to prepare students for life after Stetson. Undergraduate leadership, research, volunteer service and participatory activities flourish at all four of the university's locations.

At Stetson University, graduation isn't the end goal. It's just one stop along the way as students pursue something greater for themselves and the world around them.

At Stetson University, we dare students to be significant.

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