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Director of Communications, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

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University of Virginia
Location
Charlottesville, VA

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The University of Virginia seeks applications for a Director of Communications to join the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The Communications Director will develop and execute the overall communications strategy for the Provost’s Office with an emphasis on elevating awareness of the Provost’s programmatic priorities and key initiatives of the Vice Provost areas.

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost sponsors programs and initiatives for faculty, students, and academic administrators. The Director of Communications will report to the Chief of Staff to the Provost. For more information on the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, please visit https://provost.virginia.edu/.

One of the University’s top priorities is to create a living, learning, and work environment that supports—and challenges—our academic community. To achieve its mission, the University must be a place in which all faculty, students, and staff are active participants in its work, where those groups historically excluded from participation in University life are present in numbers that prevent isolation of the spirit and of the mind, and where each individual is conscious of how they contribute to the creation and dissemination of knowledge that enhances the well-being of our community, our state, our nation, and the world. For more information on Diversity and Inclusion within the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, please visit: https://provost.virginia.edu/diversity-inclusion.

The successful candidate will:

  • Advise Provost’s Office leadership on the public relations implications of potential policy and program decisions.
  • Establish a consistent identity for Provost’s Office communications and develop and assess annual communications plans.
  • Incorporate Inclusive Excellence principles in their communications planning and execution.
  • Collaborate with University colleagues to increase awareness of academic priorities and achievements among decision-makers in local, state and federal governmental bodies and agencies; leaders at peer institutions; and journalists who cover higher education.
  • Foster community among the communications professionals embedded in units across the Provost Organization at large, providing leadership and support to ensure that their communications amplify key messages, align with University brand standards, and are sequenced and targeted to avoid competition with each other.
  • Collaborate with communications leads in the offices of the President, the EVP & COO, the EVP for Health Affairs, and Student Affairs.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between the Provost’s Office and the offices of University Communications and Advancement Communications, ensuring that Provost priorities and achievements are communicated externally by the news office and to U.Va. constituencies through “UVAToday,” “Envision” and other house channels.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to communications leads in the schools, libraries and other academic units with which the Provost’s Office has routine interaction.
  • Collaborate with the Provost’s Office web team on web content, identity and branding.
  • Administer the University’s Mass Digital Communications Policy (IRM-006), in coordination with the Provost, when the communication pertains to academic matters.
  • Support crisis communications under the direction of University Communications.
  • Write and edit articles, reports, white papers, news releases, backgrounders, publications, and briefing materials.
  • Provide editorial support to the Provost for personal communications such as talking points, remarks, presentations, opinion essays and letters.
  • Respond with kindness, candor and good humor when faced with difficult or ambiguous situations and swiftly changing priorities.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least eight years of experience, or a master’s degree in public relations, communications or journalism with six years of experience.
  • Experience envisioning, developing and implementing a successful and comprehensive strategic communications plan based on an organization's goals and priorities.
  • Experience working with a team of colleagues who are not direct reports, building consensus and strong collaborative partnerships across complex organizations.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.

Preferred

  • Experience in higher education or non-profit public relations and communications.
  • Experience in executive communications support such as remarks, presentations, white papers, and opinion essays.
  • Knowledge of media relations, stakeholder communications, and social media strategy.
  • Experience using an inclusive excellence framework to advance an organization's goals in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Experience supervising freelance and staff writers, designers, photographers, videographers, and social media professionals.

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA; a hybrid work schedule is possible.

The anticipated start date is January 1, 2023. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. For more information about benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

Review of applicants will begin November 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0041531. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’ Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • Cover letter describing how this position fits into candidate’s career path.
  • Resume or CV
  • One writing sample of no more than three pages, preceded by an accompanying explanation of the context in which it was written, the target audience, and the intended outcome.

Please merge all documents into a single PDF in the order listed above and upload it into the resume submission field. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

References will be completed via UVA’s standardized process Skill Survey. A total of five references will be requested via SkillSurvey during the final phase of the interview process.

For questions about the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter, Academic Lead at alc6dk@virginia.edu.

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/.


COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

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.

Organization

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.

RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS THAT CROSS DISCIPLINES

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.

NATIONALLY RANKED HEALTH SYSTEM

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.

INSPIRING STUDENTS, INSPIRED TEACHING

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.

LIFE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

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 orAskHR@virginia.edu to request assistance.

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