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Leading at the intersection of people, business, and technology, the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is one of the most comprehensive business schools in the nation and includes many areas of expertise not found in any other leading institution. The college is comprised of the university's three accredited business schools, each of which is recognized as among the best in higher education: the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, and the School of Hotel Administration. Our academic research; industry and community engagement; and undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs all reflect the future of business: flexible, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary. The college community includes 244 research faculty, 44,000 alumni, and nearly 3,300 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students. The SC Johnson College of Business has an unparalleled resource base from which to draw--within the college, Cornell Tech in New York City, and Cornell University broadly.
We are the Marketing & Communications department for the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. We are seasoned professionals who play a strategic role in supporting the success of the College's short and long-term goals. We partner with key stakeholders across the three Schools within the College, and with members of the Cornell University Relations (UR) team, to achieve the vision, mission, values, and goals of the University.
Our culture nurtures amazing talent and encourages creativity and autonomy. We aim to identify and retain the very best and brightest minds to help build and support our dynamic business schools. We keep our minds, efforts, and outcomes focused on recruitment, reputation, and engagement.
We are looking for a highly motivated, performance-driven Executive Director of Communications who can successfully lead a cross-functional division within of our Marketing & Communications department and can drive strategic communications.
The Executive Director of Communications will work to ensure the continuous growth of communications and brand management within the College. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Marketing and Communications, the Executive Director will oversee strategic communication planning, PR/Media and crisis communications, and lead the visual brand and voice for the College. This position will work closely with their direct reports: Director of Communications, the Director of Creative Services, and the Director of Web Development and their staff, as well as the Director of Public Relations and college and UR leadership to develop strategic direction for all areas and channels of communications.
Set the annual / multi-year strategic communication plans for the College to follow.
Oversight for one of the most visible web bundles at Cornell, reaching millions of visitors.
Solve a wide variety of challenges each day from PR/Media and crisis communication planning, to storytelling, reputation, and engagement within the College.
Capitalize on the creativity and expertise of the team to bring new ideas to life.
Lead campus-wide discussions on best practices for strategic communications.
Lead and contribute to a fun, collaborative environment that values passion, humility, curiosity, and excellence.
A top-of-the-line office located in the heart of Collegetown, right off of Cornell's main campus.
Flexible work/life balance with generous time off options.
Colleagues who have outstanding equestrian skills, travel abroad, invest in distilleries, photographers, bloggers, musicians, bakers, property investors, and little league coaches.
Previous experience in leadership positions with the ability to drive an integrated communications strategy that includes advising the college and school deans on internal and external communication activity.
Provide strong strategic vision and general guidance to direct reports and colleagues.
Partner with UR's Media Relations team to achieve program and brand objectives.
Utilize data analytics to monitor and evaluate effectiveness; develop metrics to measure success.
Develop new and innovative communications plans to launch programs, position the brand, increase reputation, or elevate engagement.
Evaluate and ensure team has the necessary skills, tools, information and resources to succeed.
Maintain a high-performance culture where team members feel empowered to innovate to achieve results.
Have ten or more years of progressive experience in strategic communications, leading multi-functional teams and a bachelor's degree.
Demonstrate success in fast-paced, complex organizations with multiple constituents.
Be able to juggle multiple projects and competing priorities.
Communicate clearly and effectively.
Make decisions confidently and quickly with appropriate amount of information; Can bring accountability to the team.
Keep abreast of important trends and leading-edge MarCom techniques, particularly as it applies to higher education.
Bonus Points For:
Master's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related field.
Google Analytics and KPI measurement experience specific to the web and content management.
Understanding of SEO planning, implementation, and impact.
Social Media oversight and how this marketing and communications channel can be used to enhance recruitment, reputation, and engagement.
If interested in this opportunity, please include a cover letter in your application so we can better understand your interest in the position and your previous experience. We are open to providing relocation assistance, but no visa sponsorship is available for this position.
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