Director, University Communications
Title: Director, University Communications
Position number: 100234
The Director of Communications reports to the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) and will play a key role in the planning and implementation of strategic communications to enhance the university’s reputation and tell its story locally, nationally and internationally. The Director will work closely with the CCO on PR planning, messaging, managing the communications office, providing counsel to university-wide communications staff and measuring impact of the office’s initiatives. This individual is asked to be a storyteller, a curator of timely information, a media pitcher with a track record of success, and a communications strategist. The Director will lead media trainings, serve as a media advisor to campus leadership and partners, and direct signature communications initiatives that garner significant media attention. The Director will also assist with crisis communications and issues management, as needed, and represent the university at a number of internal and external meetings.
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related field.
7-10 years progressive experience in Public Relations, Public Affairs, Communications, or related field.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Ability to think critically and strategically.
•Proven track record of media success.
•High-energy and self-motivated.
•Expert working knowledge of communications best practices.
•Excellent oral, presentation and interpersonal communication skills.
•Exemplary writing, editing, and copy-editing skills. Must be proficient in AP style.
•Proven track record of media and social media success.
•Ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment.
•Keen judgment and problem-solving skills.
•Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google applications.
University and/or agency experience is desirable
To apply for this position, visit: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/95195
For best consideration, qualified applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of at least three professional references as soon as possible, no later than Monday, May 30, 2022