Title: Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communication
Department: University Advancement
Reports To : Associate Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Brand Management
Term: 1.0 FTE for 12 months (renewable annually)
Salary Range : $100,000 to $120,000
Review Date: Search will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, please submit an application by September 18, 2013
Start Date: As soon as possible
The University of Oregon seeks applications for a Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communication in the Office of Communications, Marketing and Brand Management within University Advancement. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Communications, Marketing and Brand Management, the Senior Director will lead the University of Oregon’s public affairs and communications operations. This is a fast-paced, high profile position that will manage both multiple internal and external communication needs daily as well as develop and execute long-term communications objectives. This position will combine an understanding of strategic public communications with public policy and government and community affairs.
The Senior Director of Public Affairs & Communication will develop and lead a team in executing a comprehensive and strategic communications plan, manage daily media relations, oversee digital communications functions and opportunities, and serve as the lead press secretary for the president and the University of Oregon. The Senior Director will work closely with the university’s government affairs offices at the federal, state and local levels, athletics, public safety and the nine colleges to effectively communicate the university’s position on public policy issues and respond to inquiries from public officials and their constituents and other stakeholders. This position will also work closely with the university’s academic and administrative leadership to implement the UO’s internal and external communication objectives, proactively communicate the university’s position on a variety of topics and aggressively advocate on behalf of the UO with media and stakeholders, including faculty and staff, alumni, community leaders and lawmakers and the general public.
This position will work in close coordination with the president’s Chief of Staff, scheduler and top executive leadership daily, in addition to working directly with the University President.
Required qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, communications or public relations; minimum of 10 years experience working in communications and/or public policy; ten years' management experience; five years of writing for media; five years of editing for media and/or public relations communications; five years of experience in on-the-record communications; excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and culture; demonstrated ability to manage people and work effectively with a wide variety of people across multiple units and agencies to develop strategies to achieve operating goals; ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy, and the ability to manage confidential or sensitive information and issues responsibly; commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity; and proficient in the use of personal computers and their routine software applications.
Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree in journalism, communications or public relations, experience with higher education communications, and knowledge of Oregon media. In addition, prior to hire, the finalist in this position is subject to a criminal background check.
The salary is commensurate with experience and will range from $100,000 to $120,000. The university offers an excellent package of employee benefits. We are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity. For questions regarding this position contact University Advancement at 541-346-3016.
The search will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, application materials should be received by September 18. The search committee will begin reviewing applications September 19, 2013.
To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses of three professional references. Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent be sent via email as one single PDF or Word document to Elizabeth Weber at email@example.com . Please include “Search 13350” in the subject line.
Paper applications can be mailed to:
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Communications Search
1207 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
The University of Oregon is an AA/EO institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We invite applications from candidates who share our commitment to diversity.