Communications Manager
Northwestern University - Evanston, IL

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The Communications Manager will create a sophisticated communications capability for the Executive MBA program, and will serve as the central communications manager between the program and the Executive MBA students. He/she will leverage various channels to position effectively the Kellogg School, capturing its voice, tone and brand in institutional communications to an array of stakeholders including but not limited to: faculty, administrators, students and alumni.

Principal Duties:
Develop and execute EMBA unique communications strategy for various stakeholder groups, including, but not limited to, faculty, EMBA students, administrators and alumni. Envision and develop new vehicles for communication with EMBA audiences.
Oversee EMBA communications activities and channels to ensure cohesion, strategic alignment, common look and feel, consistent messaging, top quality and maximum effectiveness. Responsible for overseeing messaging and updates on EMBA website.
Provide communications counsel, suggest initiatives, and promote the communications effectiveness of the EMBA leadership team. Develop internal communications toolkits and standards to empower EMBA administrators to communicate with their stakeholders.
Partner with Dean's Office to plan and coordinate Dean's office events with EMBA students. Establish communication plan for Dean's office events in EMBA program. Serve as central on-the-ground point person for these events.
Design and implement communications, surveys, and focus groups to facilitate student feedback. Work with Student Affairs Associate Director to assess student satisfaction and assist in developing and implementing continuous improvement plan for the student experience.

Minimum Qualifications:
A bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
Minimum of five years of experience in all aspects of business public relations and strategic internal and external communications;
Demonstrated ability to work with all levels of academic, administrative and corporate management;
Excellent writing skills, ability to modify messaging tone for different stakeholders and objectives;
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines;
Ability to work nights and weekends as needed;
Demonstrated appreciation for the depth of issues facing MBA schools;
Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications:
A master's degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired; five or more years in an internal communications role.
Familiarity with scaled nonprofit and higher-education environments.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

Date Posted: 12/12/2012

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