Drew University seeks a highly experienced and skilled Director of Communications who will create and execute strategic plans to support the university's brand, reputation, and mission. The individual in this role will conceptualize, develop, and produce digital and print communications to support the strategic communications needs of the university, as well as project manage the workflow of the Office of Communications. This role will supervise the design, project management, and web professionals in the department to ensure that materials support strategic goals, meet or exceed editorial and design standards, and are delivered within budget & on schedule. The role reports to the vice president for communications and marketing.
Scope of Responsibilities
Strategic Communications Planning: Work directly with campus clients and communications team members to create strategic communications plans for university-wide initiatives as well as for specific units. Serve as a resource for unit staff in creating communications plans for client-specific projects. Help senior project managers create annual plans to support recruitment and fundraising goals.
Project management: Day-to-day and long-term management of complex projects with multiple components including both print and digital communications to support the overarching strategic goals of the university as well as the targeted communications needs of various university units. Ensure that editorial and design standards are met or exceeded and that projects are delivered within budget and on schedule. Share project statuses with supervisor, team and clients. Prepare project briefs and meeting notes as needed. Use data and metrics to report on results of communications efforts and use what is learned to adjust and plan future work. Work with external vendors to help with the successful completion of projects.
Content development: Recommend, create and edit content for print and digital vehicles, including websites, emails and other digital communications as well as print communications, such as brochures, flyers and direct mail pieces. Ensure that communications are targeted appropriately to audiences in terms of segmentation, timing and frequency. Organize and attend photo and video shoots as required for projects.
Departmental workflow monitoring and reporting: Provide regular oversight of department projects and resources to ensure collaboration among individuals in the unit and to make the best use of resources. Lead regular staff meetings for information sharing and collaborating. Provide weekly, monthly, half-year and annual reports to share productivity.
Staff supervision: Provide supervision and support to one director of digital communications and strategy, one senior creative director, both with direct reports; two senior project managers, one assistant project manager and freelance workers. Establish priorities and advise on decisions about day-to-day project concerns. Provide performance standards and encourage staff to develop as professionals.
Unit Resource Support: Identify problem areas in unit effectiveness and propose and implement solutions, such as technology needs and training, photo storage, methods of document sharing, department archiving and backup systems and more.
Bachelor's Degree in related field required
Eight years experience preferred
Project management certification or training preferred
Experience with print publication process, digital communications and marketing, AdWords, Web development, and Personnel management
To apply, please submit a cover letter and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Posting will remain open until filled.
About Drew University:
Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.
Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.
To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.
About Drew University
Drew University's highest priority is excellence in liberal education in a changing world environment. This priority guides the planning, implementing, and evaluating of the programs and activities of the University as well as the stewardship of its varied resources.