Director of Communications

New Haven, New Haven County
Jun 20, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors

STARS Requisition Number 24729BR
Department Art Gallery
University Job Title Public Relations Officer 1
Posting Position Title Director of Communications
Bargaining Unit None
Job Category Managerial & Professional
Type of Employment Full Time
Duration Type Regular
Salary Grade 23
Work Location Central Campus
Worksite Address YUAG
Work Week Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Position Focus: Reporting to the Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Programming, and Education at the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), the Director of Communications facilitates a dynamic public image for the Gallery, and provides strong leadership for the effective communication of the museum's identity, program, and mission. Responsibilities encompass a broad range of communications activities including media relations, outreach at the local, regional, national, and international level, and development of a wide range of print and digital promotions for diverse audiences. The successful candidate must have the flexibility to represent the Gallery and monitor its web presence during non-work hours, weekends and holidays. Previous experience in a museum or cultural non-profit organization is essential, with a strong interest in the visual arts and art museums. The Director of Communications hires and supervises project consultants as needed, and hires and supervises bursary and summer student workers.
Work Schedule (Other than Standard) Must have the flexibility to represent the Gallery and monitor its web presence during non-work hours, weekends and holidays.
Principal Responsibilities 1. Implements strategies for Public Relations efforts.
2. Contributes in developing and implementing public relations and information programs.
3. Suggests methods on how to present information to the media and community.
4. Writes and edits information to best promote the University's interests and which take into account community relations.
5. Translates technical language to produce communications which represent the University's best interest.
6. Decides on style, format, and tone of written piece.
7. Generates promotional material for wide variety of schools, departments, and programs.
8. May perform other duties as assigned.Required Education and Experience Bachelor's Degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or a related field.
Two years of experience in public relations, journalism, newspaper writing, editing, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Skill/Ability 1: Proven public relations/communications abilities in a museum or cultural non-profit organization. Strong interest in the visual arts and art museums.
Required Skill/Ability 2: Well-developed written and oral communication skills; strong attention to detail and superior organizational skills; ability to communicate with museum staff, public, and press in a knowledgeable, timely, and professional manner.
Required Skill/Ability 3: Self-directed multi-tasker with the ability to work well under pressure, meet demanding deadlines, and regularly exercise discretion and independent judgment. Team player in a fast-paced, active museum environment.
Required Skill/Ability 4: Proven experience writing and editing for print and electronic media, project management with external and internal clients, and experience in presenting and articulating creative and technical concepts. Working knowledge of Adobe Dreamweaver (HTML), Photoshop, and InDesign.
Required Skill/Ability 5: Must have the flexibility to represent the Gallery and monitor its web presence during non-work hours, weekends and holidays.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: 1. Masters degree
2. Five years experience in public relations/communications in a museum, visual arts, or academic institution.
Weekend Hours Required? Occasional
Evening Hours Required? Occasional
Drug Screen No
Health Screening No
Background Check Requirements All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.
Posting Disclaimer The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.
Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.