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Director of Communications

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Director of Communications
Department Brown School of Engineering
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18225
Open Date 12/12/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, normal business hours.
Evening and weekends during peak periods.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The Director of Communications is charged with directing marketing, branding, and communication strategies and tactics that promote a focused, consistent and positive image of the mission, programs and activities of the George R. Brown School of Engineering to internal and external audiences. This position oversees all digital and print publications, websites and social media promoting the School of Engineering. The Director reports to the Dean of Engineering and works with department staff to coordinate communication efforts across the nine departments of the School of Engineering.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

Marketing, public relations, communications, or other relevant discipline.

Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for education.

Education Preferred

Master’s degree in public relations or communications.

Experience Required 5 years
Type of Experience

Related experience managing comprehensive outreach and communications campaigns including
- minimum five years of writing and editing
- five years of experience managing staff and resources

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Seven years experience managing comprehensive outreach and communications campaigns:
- Experience managing communication and media campaigns for higher education organizations.
- Familiarity with engineering education.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Ability to work collaboratively and take initiative in sensitive and high-pressure situations; creativity; decisiveness; strong interpersonal skills; sense of humor.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and execute marketing strategies.
- Ability to maximize the effect of campaigns on a limited budget.
- Ability to set priorities and to schedule and follow through on multiple tasks to meet deadlines.
- Ability to supervise and motivate staff.
- Familiarity with digital and print production processes.
- Knowledge of web design concepts, social media and analytics.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Skills Preferred
Internal / External Contacts

Frequent contact with the Dean of Engineering. Daily contact with communications staff. Frequent contact with department chairs, program directors, faculty, resource development and public affairs representatives. Interacts with vendors as needed.

Physical Demands

Sitting or standing at a computer terminal for extended periods.

Working Conditions

Evening and weekend work required during peak periods.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting

Job Duties

Job Duty Name Marketing and Communication Strategy
Description of Job Duty

- Develop, update and execute a comprehensive, measurable marketing and communication strategy. Based on the resulting plan, work with internal and external resources to develop and execute marketing and communication projects aimed at increasing the visibility of the School of Engineering, its departments, faculty, and students. Oversee communications efforts of the nine engineering departments and support them with the resources they need to increase their visibility.

Percentage of Time 35
Job Duty Name Media Management
Description of Job Duty

- Provide project management oversight for web and publication projects including annual reports, brochures, handbooks, and other promotional materials. Ensure compliance with Rice branding and style guidelines. Ensure accuracy of data and information contained in all materials produced. Provide support necessary to achieve execution of all communication projects.

Percentage of Time 35
Job Duty Name Administrative Management
Description of Job Duty

- Supervise the editorial, graphics and web staff, including delegating relevant priorities, setting deadlines, developing objectives, and performing annual performance reviews. Oversee the marketing budget and vendor contracts.

Percentage of Time 20
Job Duty Name Website and Online Management
Description of Job Duty

- Work closely with department website managers to ensure fresh, accurate and compelling content on all School of Engineering sites. Develop creative ways to promote the School and its departments through their websites. Oversee the School’s social media strategy and the staff tasked with planning and execution, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

Percentage of Time 10

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor’s degree or higher in marketing, public relations, communications, or other relevant discipline?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have five years of related experience managing comprehensive outreach and communications campaigns, including a minimum five years of writing and editing, and five years of experience managing staff and resources?
    • Yes
    • No