Communications Associate

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/13/2016

Stanford University Stanford, CA

Stanford, CA
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Stanford University

Communications Associate

Job Number: 72287

The Stanford Graduate School of Education is a world leader in groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary research and analysis that shape education practice and policy. Our community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 200 staff, 8,000 alumni and countless people from the local and global communities we work with and impact.

Distilling and disseminating faculty and student research, highlighting major school events, profiling distinguished alumni and spotlighting innovative teaching and learning programs are essential to connecting the school with its core audience of educators, alumni, policymakers, journalists and supporters. We are looking for a full-time Communications Associate with a background in writing, reporting and editing, and a knack for clear, concise and creative storytelling.

Reporting to the Director of Communications and working under minimal supervision, the Communications Associate will be responsible for identifying and generating news and feature stories related to research, programs and events at the GSE. The Communications Associate will also work closely with faculty to edit and possibly ghostwrite op-eds, essays and other materials intended for publication in the general media as well as trade publications.

The position will also be responsible for collaborating with other staff at the GSE and assisting with alumni-, admissions-, development- and events-related communications needs. The Communications Associate will also post and manage content on the school's website; collaborate with our social media and digital media specialists; and compile and edit material for periodic newsletters and other outreach materials.

Experience working for a major news organization and/or a college, university or government organization is strongly preferred. Extensive knowledge of Associated Press style and a track record of high performance under tight deadlines are essential. Knowledge of and experience in education scholarship is preferred.

Candidates should submit a cover letter (outlining why this position is of interest and they feel they're qualified) and a resume, along with the online application.

Successful candidates will be required to complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University.

All candidates must be eligible to work in the US; no visa sponsorship will be provided for this position.


Provide public relations support for audiences that are both internal and external to the university.

Plan and execute activities to support public relations objectives.

Develop, execute and oversee written communications of moderate complexity, including presentations, speeches, news stories, web content, talking points, and correspondence and social media posts.

Build and maintain relationships with internal and external partners

Participate in regular meetings of key researchers with media relations needs to develop strategies and tactics for facilitating effective communications.

Identify and maintain professional relationships with key press, policy influencers and community leaders.

Prepare content for internal or external newsletters. Understand email and digital content distribution.

Assist in developing strategies for brand managements, reputation management and issues management of moderate complexity.

Assist with the design and implementation of effective constituent communications programs and social media strategies.

Serve as a project leader for public relations activities of small to moderate complexity.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Excellent written communication skills, reporting skills, and advanced skills in conceptual editing, copy editing, and proof reading.

Ability to work collaboratively with internal communications groups across campus.

Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with a variety of people.

Capacity to write and synthesize materials and communicate information in a manner easily understood.
Certifications and Licenses:

Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.

Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.

Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.

Rarely sort/file paperwork.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
On call and ability to respond 24/7.

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are not able to provide relocation or sponsorship for this position. Thank you for your interest!

Job: Communications

Location: Graduate School of Education

Schedule: Full-time

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To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.