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Associate Director of University News & Communications

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Job no: 500007
Department: University Communications and Marketing
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: PR, Media, Graphics, Communications
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title: Associate Director of University News & Communications

 $63,000 - $71,000

Hours Per Week:


Job Summary:

Under the general direction of the Senior Director of News and Communications, and supporting the Vice President/Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, the Associate Director of University News leads the development, production, and management of university news stories in alignment with content strategy.

The associate director supervises the day-to-day operations of the news team, ensuring coverage of faculty and staff excellence, student achievements, administrative actions, and other stories that support university initiatives and presidential priorities. The associate director will manage the production of regular newsletters (currently weekly) and website/social media copy and content (daily), and collaborate across the department to produce content that supports Miami’s brand pillars.

Alongside the director of content strategy and associate director of media relations, the associate director also leads public relations planning for major university initiatives and presidential priorities.. An integral part of the storytelling team, the associate director also will write and pitch stories to news media that actively promote and elevate Miami University’s reputation and brand.

This position is available to persons who are currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time and indefinite basis. (Persons authorized to work on such a basis include US citizens, lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders), asylees, refugees, and temporary residents under IRCA.

This position is approved for remote work on a part-time hybrid basis (currently set at 40% work from home). Remote work is not a right, but a working arrangement that can be modified or revoked by Miami University at any time for any reason.

Duties/Physical Demands:

Collaborate with leaders and communicators across campus to develop and execute internal and external communication plans to engage and inspire audiences.
Manage team that produces regular newsletters (currently weekly) and website content (daily).
Research, edit, and write university news stories and press releases and pitch them to the news media.
Working with the Director of Executive Communication, develop structure and plan for internal communication regarding institutional initiatives, issue management, crisis communication, and other university announcements.
Working closely with the Director of Content Strategy, build integrated communications to support the university goals.
Collaborate with appropriate staff — such as graphic designers, videographers, and photographers — to write, edit, and prepare for production a variety of university communications.
Consult with campus partners — including faculty, staff, and students — to determine project scope, expectations, deadlines, and necessary resources.
Follow process and use appropriate software/tools for successfully monitoring progress of active projects, providing support as needed to ensure timely completion.
Participate in professional development activities.
Participate in cross-functional projects.
Perform other related duties as required or assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in communications, marketing, journalism or a related field.

At least 5 years of progressively responsible media relations, integrated marketing communications, public relations, and/or crisis communications experience.


Desired Qualifications:

At least 7 years of experience in media relations, integrated marketing communications, public relations, and crisis communication.
Supervisory experience


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience managing a newsletter, including use of editorial calendaring and/or story budgeting processes
Ability to meet deadlines
Experience developing communications campaigns
Experience working in highly collaborative environments requiring interpersonal communication competence, initiative, active listening, and emotional intelligence.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach resume and cover letter

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For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
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For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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