Director of Communications

New Haven, New Haven County
Jul 24, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors

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STARS Requisition Number 25155BR
Department Divinity Sch
University Job Title Manager 3, Professional School Communications
Posting Position Title Director of Communications
Bargaining Unit None
Job Category Managerial & Professional
Position MP Overtime Eligible? No
Type of Employment Full Time
Duration Type Regular
Salary Grade 25
Work Location Central Campus
Worksite Address SDQ
Work Week Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Position Focus: Reporting to the Dean, the Director of Communications supports the creation, management, and execution of communication plans for Yale Divinity School. The Director must synthesize and communicate complex academic and theological concepts for internal use as well as simplify them for general audiences. The Director works closely with the Dean and other senior leadership within YDS to develop and manage forward-looking strategic communications in both traditional and new media to advance YDS and to enable YDS to engage the most pressing contemporary religious issues. The Director supervises team of staff and student workers.
Principal Responsibilities 1. Manages relationships with external media sources. Pursues media coverage creatively and aggressively. Responds to inquiries from national and international news media, student media, the University community and the general public.
2. Serves as the key liaison with all communication units in the University.
3. Enhances the overall quality of media relations for key stakeholders by preparing them for media interviews. Manages relationships with key campus stakeholders with a high degree of professionalism, judgment and understanding of stakeholder goals.
4. Creates compelling story ideas and narratives; produces content for both external and internal channels; writes copy and social media posts and manages content.
5. Plans social media strategies for key School communications and programs. Monitors the School social media assets for negative comments or misinformation, and positive and consonant messaging.
6. Supports short-term and long-term communication planning with insights into audiences, channels and culture; coordinates with other communications professionals to achieve institutional goals; leads the communications process within developed standards and protocols.
7. Supports effective response strategies, often in crisis situations requiring 24/7 attention and intense media/public scrutiny, and articulates the School's position via personal interviews or written responses.
8. Produces multimedia content and manages the work of graphic and web designers, student interns, printers, video producers and photographers.
9. Manages communication plans for all stakeholders by understanding the significance of campus initiatives and/or academic work; creates compelling stories and messages to translate the significance through language that is clear and accessible for public awareness.
10. Develops and maintains regular contact with media representatives in multiple disciplines.
11. Maintains the School and University brand and graphic identity standards; supports and maintains standard operating procedures; contributes to digital asset management.
12. Manages publication and disseminations of digital and print publications.
13. Manages live stream operations and other venues for communicating events and lectures at the School.
14. May perform other duties as assigned.Required Education and Experience Bachelor's degree and five years of related work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Skill/Ability 1: Proven experience in public relations, journalism, television, corporate or institutional relations or agency work.
Required Skill/Ability 2: Demonstrated experience in developing communications for a range of media and working with creative professionals in design, photography, video, and web design and management. Demonstrated success in new-media engagement strategies.
Required Skill/Ability 3: Excellent written and oral communications skills; Strong leadership and interpersonal communication abilities. Proven experience involving development of a new website.
Required Skill/Ability 4: Strong graphic, design, and visual sensibilities; excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Required Skill/Ability 5: Familiarity with institutional business and academic processes.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Advanced degree in English, journalism, communications or related field; Knowledge of religious institutions, theological concepts, and faith-based communications needs. Strongest candidates may have divinity school or seminary education or experience
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. All offers are contingent on successful completion of a 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.