Classified Title: Sr. Communications & Marketing Manager Working Title: Agora Institute Director of Communications Role/Level/Range: L/04/LD Starting Salary Range: $70,736 to $97,232 per year Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 60007752-KSAS - Agora Institute Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
Director of Communications for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute will be responsible for all internal and external communications–related activities for the Institute. In coordination with the Institute Director and Executive Director, this position will develop and implement a strategic communications plan, including but not limited to: branding, marketing, PR and media relations, event planning, and content creation for website, media, social media, newsletters and other publications, and other efforts. This position will coordinate closely on many of these activities with the University Communications and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Communications teams. Given the very public nature of the Institute and its importance to both KSAS and the University as a major strategic priority, this position requires a senior level professional with significant expertise and leadership across all of the marketing and communications functions described.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Plan, manage, edit and write narratives to support the Institute’s strategic priorities, including scholarly journal, newsletters, blog posts, social media posts, website content, video scripts, press releases, news articles, internal and external outreach communications, fundraising, and other communications.
In coordination with faculty director, develop and execute plan for production of new scholarly journal for SNF Agora Institute.
Oversees all aspects of the Institute website and social media channels.
Develop talking points and/or remarks as needed for senior leadership in preparation for major public events, external and internal meetings, other; liaise with President’s Office, University Communications and KSAS Communications in support of these efforts.
Act on behalf of the Institute as a spokesperson at events with media/in meetings.
In collaboration with University and KSAS Communications, articulate and manage brand and marketing strategy for the Institute, including oversight of the development of all branded materials and collateral from single use materials such as programs, signage, other promotional materials, to more permanent materials such as brochures, videos, and other development materials.
Develop and maintain relationships with faculty, staff, and in coordination with University Communications, members of the local and national media to provide media relations services to advance public awareness of the SNF Agora Institute’s mission, work, and achievements.
In coordination with University Communications, develop and execute overall strategic media relations plan outside of specific event efforts.
Oversee planning and development of collateral material, and implementing media relations and internal communications to support various events, research efforts, and other, including but not limited to conferences, symposia, town halls, leadership internal communication, major academic publications, and other significant research efforts.
Develop, plan and oversee all televised, livestreamed and other live event production including contracting and execution with major outside partners such as PBS, Atlantic Live Productions, C-SPAN, and others.
Coordinate with Development and Alumni Relations on all efforts related to the development of materials, reports or events in support of the Institute’s mission.
Coordinate with external collaborators on all communications efforts related to any joint efforts or others.
Develop and execute plan to track and report on impact of Institute communications efforts/reach.
Oversee hiring of any outside content providers/editors.
Oversee staff, interns, and volunteers in support of these efforts.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's degree in related field.
Five years related experience.
Advanced degree may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Master’s degree preferred.
Eight+ years’ experience in freelancing, writing, journalism, media relations or public affairs/relations.
In support of academic, business, research and/or development activities and operations, providing high level administrative oversight, coordination and advice desired.
Experience working in/around government, politics, policy or advocacy preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Requires demonstrated experience in high quality writing and editing, working successfully on deadline and designing and implementing communications plans and strategies.
Demonstrated experience in supervising and implementing effective external and internal communications plans and strategies and in editing/writing high-quality retail or academic publications is required.
Demonstrated experience in creating, implementing and supervising effective external and internal communications plans and strategies.
Experience in working with national and regional news media.
Knowledge of political/government/policy or related fields.
Effective use of communication tools, including print, Web, media relations, electronic media and other e-communication tools including social media, other; AP style and ability to apply institutional style standards consistently.
Familiarity with media tracking services and databases preferred.
Proven skills in complex narrative writing and editing, including the ability to translate technical, scientific or statistical information for lay and other audiences.
Strong communication skills and proven ability to precisely and objectively communicate information and give and receive clear messages.
Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment and effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects at once, while setting and meeting demanding deadlines.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Sound judgment and discretion, and the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
Demonstrated excellence in narrative writing and editing.
Ability to work effectively and independently with highest levels of faculty, staff, leadership and others.
Experience with Word Press.
Any Specific Physical Requirements for the Job:
Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.
Communication skills using the spoken word.
Ability to see within normal parameters.
Ability to hear within normal range.
Ability to move about.
This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis - It does not exclude other duties as assigned.
Position will oversee staff, interns and volunteers.
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