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UC San Diego
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, ARTS & HUMANITIES
Hiring Pay Scale: $93,250 – $115,500/year
The University Communications Public Relations team drives strategic outreach and engagement in support of internal and external communications for UC San Diego, while also contributing to content development in collaboration with University Communications Strategy colleagues.
University Communications PR professionals are expert storytellers who utilize best-in-class internal and external communications channels to deliver the unique stories of each of the University’s schools, seven colleges and medical center. The PR function drives earned media efforts by cultivating and leveraging relationships with key regional, vertical and global media to elevate the university’s profile of prestige, distinction and global leadership in research, medicine, science, engineering, technology, policy, management, the arts and more. The PR team also leads communications for the university’s distinguished research centers and institutes, including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Qualcomm Institute and leading collaborations in robotics, energy, materials discovery and design and other emerging areas.
Additionally, the University Communications PR team serves as a critical resource for communications strategy and support for staff and faculty engagement communications initiatives in support of the university’s advancement, student affairs, human resources and library functions by integrating and aligning with strategic university priorities and initiatives. Crisis communications are managed through this team.
Independently oversees a comprehensive communications program for a unit or school with a large, complex communications program requiring a wide variety of communications media, including written, visual, digital and electronic, and associated technical applications. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy for a highly visible program.
The Director of Communications, Arts & Humanities (A&H), serves as the communications and media relations professional for the Dean – Arts & Humanities and the units reporting to the Dean. A direct report to the Senior Executive Director of Public Relations, the Director of Communications, A&H provides counsel and advice to the Dean as well as creating and implementing a strategic communications plan for the School of Arts and Humanities. This position develops communications strategies in coordination with University Communications colleagues and in sync with university and school initiatives and A&H needs. Works collaboratively with staff and faculty to devise, communicate, and then implement communications strategies.
The Director of Communications, A&H plans and develops proactive and comprehensive communications and media relations for the key programs and initiatives in A&H. This position serves as an advisor and strategic partner for the dean and the dean’s leadership team. They are responsible for internal and external communications including media relations. Works in collaboration with University Communications colleagues in the development of promotional materials, providing content for highly polished print publications and websites that advance the stature of UC San Diego Arts & Humanities. Develops and implements communications strategies to reach institutional goals and objectives in corporate relations, donor relations, alumni relations, internal communications and student recruitment. Directs the use of social media in all these objectives, as appropriate. This position pitches A&H news to local, national, international and trade media and aids in the development and implementation of strategies to address sensitive issues and to keep the campus and community informed of advances throughout the A&H Division. As part of the university communications team, the director will focus on four key areas: 1) Strategic Communications, 2) Media Relations, 3) Public Relations and 4) Multimedia, Publications and Production. This position provides strategic planning and implementation of comprehensive strategic communications efforts. Serves as a strong facilitator and liaison to ensure alignment with and advance the institutional mission and goals. This position does not meet the requirements to be designated as a supervisor under HEERA. However, the position provides work direction. Promotes a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and actively, deliberately and thoughtfully infuses inclusivity and diversity throughout university communications.
• Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
• A cover letter is required for a complete application.
• Demonstrated media relations knowledge and experience placing stories in regional and national publications. Proven ability to write and communicate effectively in a variety of ways (magazine articles, scripts, press releases, reports, speeches, brochures, white papers, talking points, etc.) and in ways appreciate for targeted audiences (media, support groups, legislators, etc.)
• Demonstrated ability to work directly with leadership and counsel on communications strategy, issues management and thought leadership. Advanced skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.
• Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
• Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long and short term strategic communication plans.
• Proven ability to read and understand arts, humanities, science and technology terms and concepts and then translate it into easily understandable terms for the general public. Demonstrated strong writing skills for a variety of audiences and outlets.
• Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
• Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).
To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html