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UC San Diego
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS
Hiring Pay Scale: $75,850 – $92,000 /year
University Communications is an award-winning, full-service division dedicated to increasing awareness and communicating the prestige and distinction of UC San Diego to the region, the country and the world. The department works collaboratively with campus departments and the health system to convey the UC San Diego story to students, faculty, staff and alumni and helping UC San Diego departments implement strategies to reach their audience through marketing, brand management, news and media relations, social media, web and interactive communications, executive communications and visual communications. The department reports to the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer.
Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns.
Reporting to the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer (CCMO) and working directly with the Senior Director of Executive Communications, the Assistant Director, Executive Communications drafts executive leadership content to broadly communicate the Chancellor’s vision and initiatives to advance UC San Diego. Coordinates with the Senior Director of Executive Communications in researching, writing, editing, and cataloging a variety of communications deliverables including emails, letters, remarks, talking points, and preparing speeches and presentations that will be delivered by the Chancellor and other leadership as needed to internal and external audiences.
Develops executive-level communications signed by or attributed to the Chancellor-from campus notices and correspondence to quotes and social media entries that are sensitive, complex and critical in nature. Collects and analyzes information, exercises sound political judgment and applies institutional knowledge to initiate and respond to Chancellor correspondence. In coordination with the Senior Director of Executive Communications, works closely with the Chancellor’s Office, senior leaders, University Communications staff, and staff and faculty across the university to research a broad range of topics as background for speeches and other presentations; actively manages Chancellor communications projects through various communications avenues including newsletters, podcasts, blogs, social media or other avenues as needed; and executes content development for the chancellor’s website, blog and social media.
Assists with the determination of topics, themes and messages that will appropriately reflect UC San Diego’s institutional character, accomplishments and goals. Provides input on communication strategies, long-range planning and strategic initiatives, as appropriate. Ensures that Chancellor’s communications foster two-way communications between the administration and employees and ensures that the UC San Diego community and other target audiences are fully informed about major campus activities, including long-range planning and strategic initiatives. Serves as a strong facilitator and liaison to advance the organization’s mission and goals. Actively, deliberately and thoughtfully infuses inclusivity and diversity throughout university communications. Promotes a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, respect and superior customer service to internal and external constituents.
• Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.
• Bachelor’s degree in a related area with a minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience, or equivalent experience/training.
• Strong and demonstrated expository and journalistic writing skills, using correct grammar, syntax and format.
• Knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education and/or health sciences.
• Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills. Ability to communicate imaginatively, effectively and persuasively.
• Thorough understanding of the sensitive nature of the Office of the Chancellor. Exceptional social skills to communicate and interact in a courteous and effective manner to achieve organizational goals, using tact, diplomacy and discretion with emphasis on flexibility and professionalism and treating all with dignity, equity, inclusion and respect. Demonstrated trustworthiness and ability to maintain discretion in dealing with highly sensitive and often confidential information. Demonstrated ability to ensure absolute confidentiality on all issues. Ability to foster the Principles of Community.
• Ability to work independently, use good judgment, prioritize work to meet established deadlines and changing situations, function effectively under deadline pressure, and fulfill assignments on schedule.
• Background Check is required.
Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.
This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 14 paid holidays a year).
c) Work/Life Balance.
d) UC Retirement Plan
e) Pet insurance.
For more information about UCSD Benefits visit – https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/benefits/ and Work/Life visit – https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/benefits/work-life/.
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