Director Communications

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Date Posted March 09, 2020
Industry Other
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Dir Communications
Arizona State University
Journalism & Mass Comm
Campus: Downtown Phoenix

Job Description:
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Arizona PBS at Arizona State University are seeking a Director of Communications to lead the school’s communications, branding and marketing efforts.
The director is responsible for a team of professionals who plan, develop and produce digital, print and broadcast strategic initiatives that touch on every aspect of the school, from recruitment and event promotion to programming and development. The director works with senior leadership to set strategic goals, manage workflow and ensure the quality, consistency and effectiveness of all external and internal communications for the school and Arizona PBS.

Salary Range:
Depends on experience

Close Date:

Essential Duties:
Oversight of websites supporting Cronkite and Arizona PBS
Oversight of marketing to ensure a unified visual messaging of the school and Arizona PBS
Oversight of social media communication to engage audiences through creative storytelling and strategic content
Development and implementation of high-level digital marketing content and campaigns across search, social and email
Creation and production of the annual Cronkite Journal magazine and quarterly Arizona PBS magazine
Writing, editing and distribution of press releases, brochures and marketing materials that tell the stories of programs, students and faculty
Production and placement of advertisements
Development and maintenance of external media relations and public relations
Development and maintenance of relationships with university, local, regional, and national communities to promote the mission and goals of the school

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Arts Administration, or related field AND eight years experience in planning and implementing a comprehensive communication/marketing program for an organization, including five years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience in leading and managing others in a creative environment
Experience in skills writing and editing for public audiences
Experience developing and executing strategic communications or marketing initiatives
Experience developing collateral, including visuals, for print, digital and/or broadcast platforms
Experience developing or overseeing digital marketing strategies
Experience developing or overseeing social media strategies
Experience in leading the creative process and manage projects from start to finish
Experience in problem solving taking initiative to effectively manage complex and sometimes competing situations and set priorities while being flexible
Experience in work that requires attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
Evidence of an entrepreneurial and proactive approach to problem solving
Experience in mentoring and developing skills in others
Evidence in having interpersonal skills and effective communication skills in person and in writing
Experience in representing the organization well

Working Environment:
Our office is located at 555 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.
Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
Communicate to perform essential functions

Department Statement:
The Cronkite School is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs. Cronkite champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education in which students create professional content under the guidance of top professionals. Cronkite News, the student-powered, faculty-led news division of Arizona PBS with news bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles, produces a daily newscast for the station. Cronkite emphasizes programs that experiment with new forms of storytelling, audience engagement, digital interactivity, data visualization, audience analytics and revenue models.

ASU Statement:
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Employment Verification Statement:
ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement:
ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply:
Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.




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