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Company: Regis University
Communications Director
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
December 9, 2013
Job ID: 1541009


The communications director is responsible for developing and driving communications strategies that directly contribute to the promotion, enhancement and protection of Regis University’s reputation. As a member of the marketing and communications leadership team, s/he works closely with the CMO to raise the visibility of the University and strengthen the institution’s core narratives, key messaging and brand ideals with key stakeholders. S/He also works closely with an in-house agency team to foster the integration of strategic brand and marketing initiatives into the day-to-day communications functions. This position reports to the chief marketing officer.



·        Operations


-        Oversee the day-to-day development and management of the communications functions and activities including print publications and digital communications.


-        Develop an annual work plan and budget to lead the planning and implementation of all communication activities to achieve strategic initiatives and organizational objectives.


-        Craft and drive strategic messaging to be leveraged consistently across all marketing and communications vehicles and on-target collaterals (media, interactive and print).


-        Develop an integrated strategic communications plan to advance the University’s brand identity and broaden awareness of its programs and priorities.


-        Provide thought leadership to University leadership on emerging trends, issues and opportunities.


-        Lead external and internal communications functions to proactivelyinform key constituents and the public of the University's initiatives, successes and progress.


-        Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting materials as needed.


-        Collaborate with subject matter experts (faculty, staff and students) to identify, influence and communicate timely thought leadership, issues management and advocacy engagement that support the University’s perception objectives.


-        Identify and build outreach programs with key community and influencer organizations to advance the mission and strategic goals of the University.


-        Anticipate policy, regulatory and legislative developments on higher education as it relates to the University’s strategic goals and interests.


-        Serve as University spokesperson to media, community and campus audiences (as designated).


·        Leadership


-        Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to positively advance the University’s visibility, enhance its reputation across key stakeholder audiences and broaden awareness of its brand marketing priorities/programs.


-        Serve as point person to lead, direct and coordinate issues management and crisis communications.


-        Monitor and identify challenges and emerging issues facing the University and define timely strategies to address them.


-        Provide strategic reputation management counsel to University leadership teams.


·        Management


-        Manage a communications team to support the development and execution of communications strategies.


-        Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.


-        Supervise, coach and motivate direct reports on their respective job responsibilities with a focus on growing their knowledge, skill sets and expertise.


-        Conduct timely metrics assessments of the department’s programs, activities and deliverables.


-        Manage and track team budget.



·        Bachelor's degree in a related professional area (communications, journalism, marketing or related field). A master’s or higher degree is preferred.


·        6-8 years of work experience in a senior management role.


·        Decisive, results-focused and driven to excellence.


·        Proven track record in developing, implementing and supporting integrated strategic communications and marketing plans and initiatives.


·        Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing comprehensive strategic communications to advance an organization's mission and goals.


About Regis

Regis University, inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, has been committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement since its founding in 1877. Regis provides values-based education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The motto “Men and Women in Service of Others” on the University seal describes the purpose of Jesuit education: to form men and women who use their knowledge in the unselfish service of others. Regis is comprised of three colleges: the College for Professional Studies, Regis College and the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.

Regis University’s main campus is based in Denver, Colorado, but has campuses throughout Colorado’s Front Range and through its distance learning initiatives. Regis University currently employees approximately 1,000 faculty and staff and over 1,600 affiliate faculty so that more than 14,000 students are instructed in its Jesuit Catholic values-centered education.


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