Assistant Director of Communications

University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, MD

ID: 7087771
Posted: October 25, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
Background Checks
Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.

Vaccine Protocol
The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Assistant Director of Communications will oversee, manage and enhance the Honors College’s public representation in print, on the web, and through social media, as well as being the primary liaison overseeing and coordinating messaging between the Honors College and other units on campus. The Assistant Director will also oversee and manage the storytelling about the Honors College as a whole, and oversee and coordinate messaging among Honors living-learning programs and the Honors College central office on behalf of the Honors College as a whole. The Assistant Director will play a principal role in helping to manage and produce major communications within the Honors College, including but not limited to white papers, reports, and presentations. The Assistant Director will supervise a Communications Coordinator in completion and execution of these responsibilities.
Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, or similar field and at least four years of related experience with a track record of media and social media success. At least three years of related experience

Ability to develop a communications plan, oversee and manage its implementation across the many living-learning programs in the Honors College and in coordination with the Honors College Central Office, and successfully deliver within set deadlines. Ability to supervise and work closely with a Communications Coordinator and student workers, as well as others on the Honors College Central Staff; ability to carefully advise the Executive Director and work collaboratively with leadership and personnel across the Honors College, and also work collaboratively with communications and communications related personnel at the university outside the Honors College.

Knowledge of media relations strategies (how to identify and pitch stories, how to structure and message news releases, how to design, edit, and produce annual magazines and regular newsletters) and of managing their implementation across a complex institutional structure and for different stakeholders internal and external to the university (including alumni and friends of the university).

Exemplary writing, proofreading, and copy-editing skills, and an eye for detail. Knowledge of website design and management, including conceptual and technical skills; fluency with other forms of media and social media, and commitment to and capacities of keeping up with current developments in these areas; knowledge of commonly used desktop publishing and graphics software, web and web editing applications such as Drupal and Dreamweaver, mass email systems and other forms of faculty/staff-facing and student-facing communications, and familiarity with other communications platforms and presentation software. Keen judgment and problem-solving skills, and commitment to high quality work and collegial relations with others.

This is a highly collaborative position requiring the ability to balance multiple tasks at any given time, to work with diverse constituencies while exercising keen judgment forging and facilitating productive relationships, and to manage competing obligations in a complex and multifaceted environment.
Preferences:
• Master’s Degree in communication, marketing, or related field, and five or more years job experience in a related area
• Communications experience in higher education or non-profit organization
• Intermediate skill with software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop, and In Design, plus photography and/or video skills
• Work experience at a university and good understanding of the values of complexity and diversity of a public higher education institution and the ability to articulate those values to internal and external constituencies
• Drive, initiative, vision, and exceptional judgment in making sound decisions quickly and efficiently
• Experience with content management systems and working knowledge of html, css, etc.