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Director of Communications (105138)

Company:
Regis College
Job Location:
Weston, Massachusetts
Category:
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs
Job Shift: Day

Innovative. Collaborative. Strategic. Empathetic. In a word: Leader

How did Regis, a non-profit University near Boston, become the 9th fastest-growing college in the U.S.? Through an innovative, entrepreneurial environment and leaders at all levels that espouse our core ideals including academic excellence founded on the Catholic intellectual tradition, inclusion, access, and social justice.

With annual degree conferrals more than doubling over the past decade, Regis is seeking managers who are inspired by our mission and lead by example to build upon our success. You will join a multifaceted university featuring an idyllic New England campus with almost 2,000 students across the nation online and combining a vibrant undergraduate program with a population comprised of two-thirds graduate students.

We are committed to recruiting a workforce that reflects the diversity of our student body. A recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, Regis is proud to have a student population including 28% of undergraduates who are first-generation and 32% who identify as minority.

We value your personal and professional experience, your motivational skills, your integrity, your desire to teach and to learn, your candor and your kindness. If you are a champion of honest dialogue, innovation, advancing the common good and creating a welcoming and supportive environment for students and colleagues, we look forward learning more about you.

Aspire Higher. Join Us.

Summary

Reporting to the Vice President of Marketing and Communications, the Director of Communications is responsible for collaborating on the development and implementation of a comprehensive external and internal communications program with initiatives that advance the reputation and the strategic plan of the university. This position will be responsible for the creation of content that promotes the Regis College brand to internal and external stakeholders utilizing key messaging points and compelling storytelling.

Functions:

  • Assist the Vice President of Marketing and Communications and the Senior Director of Marketing and Digital Strategies in the implementation of the department's strategic plan.
  • Ensure communication and marketing initiatives are implemented in alignment with the university's strategic plan; act as a leader in moving the communication strategy forward.
  • Create engaging content that reflects events happening at the university and highlights key differentiators to be shared on a variety of communications platforms.
  • Provide strategic direction for the university's primary Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts utilizing the department's content calendar.
  • Build relationships and maintain regular contact with reporters and editors at local and national media outlets, blogs, and trade publications.
  • Create a plan to pitch the president, senior leadership, faculty, and staff to local and national media; stay abreast of current events in the news to position Regis as source for expert analysis and opinion in relevant fields.
  • Research and write compelling stories about students, faculty, staff, and alumni; build relationships with various internal departments and staff members to generate story ideas.
  • Generate press releases and respond to media inquiries as needed; serve as a key member of the response team to handle crisis communications.
  • Work closely with various communication staff including admission, institutional advancement, and athletics to ensure consistent messaging and brand integrity.
  • Lead the university-wide Communications Committee.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Mentor and develop staff/student workers while promoting a culture of high performance.
  • Occasional night and weekend hours depending on university event schedule.
Additional Information

Requirements:

  • Minimum of bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, English, or related major with professional experience in journalism, public relations, communications, or related fields; higher education experience a plus.
  • Experience with pitching stories and securing media placements across a number of mediums.
  • Strong writing, editing, storytelling, and oral presentation skills.
  • Experience writing for websites and social media required. Understanding of best practices in graphic design and website editing a plus.
  • Experience in the utilization of new online tools, social media platforms and technologies.
  • Excellent time and project management skills with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to uphold the university's commitment to inclusive excellence in a diverse educational community.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Experienced hands-on contributor and collaborator who can multitask and work well with colleagues.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Assistant Director of Communications and Multimedia Producer
  • Possible student worker(s).

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Regis College's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
  • Regularly uses computer keyboards requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

Protecting the Regis Community

At Regis the safety of our campus community is our highest priority. We invite all applicants to review our health and safety protocols at our COVID-19 Updates page. The most powerful measure we can take is vaccination, and all campus community members must be fully vaccinated and have received a booster against COVID-19, with the exception of certain medical and religious exemptions. New employees without an approved medical or religious exemption are required to have their first vaccine dose by their date of hire. And all new employees will join the campus community in using the CoVerified app to upload vaccine information, report symptoms, and schedule regular campus COVID tests. We're in this together!

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

In employment, as in education, Regis College is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Regis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy, veterans status, membership in uniformed services or any other protected status.

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