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Director of Communications - College of Law

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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The University of Tennessee College of Law invites qualified applicants for the position of Director of Communications. The College of Law’s Director of Communications is responsible for providing vision, leadership, direction, and management for communications, marketing, branding, and public relations within the College of Law. The director serves as a key member of the college's leadership team, reporting directly to the Dean. The director provides strategic direction and management for all communications, marketing, public relations, and branding efforts, and is responsible for promoting and advancing the college’s image and reputation with key stakeholders. This position ensures that materials developed support and advance the college’s goals, reflect the highest quality, and meet expectations for return on investment.


Position responsibilities for the Director of Communications include, but are not limited to:


-       Develops and executes a holistic, long-term communications, marketing, public relations, and branding plan that aligns with the strategic vision and identity of the College of Law.

-       Ensures compliance with the University of Tennessee brand guidelines to support integrated marketing and communications.

-       Collaborates with campus and university-level communication officers and administrators to ensure the college is proactively contributing to the university's brand and marketing initiatives.

-       Lead and collaborate with the College’s communications team to create, review, and revise digital and creative content for the College of Law.

-       Provides strategic communication counsel to the Dean and assists with messaging, speeches, and presentations for the Dean as needed.

-       Provides direct supervision of communications team members, providing coaching and constructive feedback as well as developing opportunities for personal growth.

-       Recruits, retains, and supervises professional vendors and freelancers, as appropriate.

-       Proposes and manages the communications budget.

Required Experience and Abilities


Candidates are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, or a related field and a minimum of 5 years of professional experience.


A Master’s degree in communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, or a related field and 10 years of professional experience is preferred.


The Director of Communications must have:


-       A deep understanding of and extensive experience with developing and executing communications, marketing, public relations, and branding strategies and campaigns, especially in higher education.

-       Working knowledge of paid and organic social media marketing best practices and various social media platforms (such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

-       Great management skills to direct and guide staff, vendors, and freelancers in a fast-paced environment with simultaneous complex projects.

-       Substantial experience and excellent capabilities in writing and editing; photography; video scripting, production, and editing; web design. 

-       Proven ability to utilize public relations skills to respond to a crisis or challenging situation quickly and professionally. 

-       Strong verbal and written communication skills.

-       Detailed-oriented, resourceful, excellent organization and planning skills.



Applications will be considered as they are received and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. In furtherance of the University's and the College's fundamental commitment to diversity among our faculty, student body, and staff, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints would contribute to a diverse law school environment.




Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Law
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Aug 21, 2023, 1:03:30 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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