Communications Director

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POST DATE 8/9/2016
END DATE 10/9/2016

Stanford University Stanford, CA

Company
Stanford University
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
857260
AJE Ref #
575821506
Location
Stanford, CA
Job Type
Regular

JOB DESCRIPTION

Stanford University

Communications Director

Job Number: 72050

Communications Director

The Stanford Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) seeks to address the inequalities faced by immigrants in order to improve their lives and our communities. We use a set of advanced analytical tools and rigorous data-driven methods to systematically understand the causal impacts of the diverse policies and programs that affect immigrants throughout the world. We evaluate policies and programs to inform the policy-making community. Our faculty and team of researchers work in a highly collaborative environment. We directly engage community-based organizations and local, state and federal governments to test the effectiveness of policies that ultimately impact millions of immigrants and the economic and social prosperity of the countries where they live. We provide reliable knowledge about whether programs work, fail, or backfire, and for whom and why. This knowledge helps to inform ongoing policy debates and to design more effective immigration policies for the future. We are growing rapidly and are looking for energetic and highly motivated individuals to join our team.

Turning scientific evidence into compelling narratives is essential to our mission. We are looking for a full-time Communications Director to be our chief storyteller and develop, lead and implement a comprehensive public relations and communications strategy. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Director will create a communications and public relations strategy across all media platforms that supports and amplifies our mission. The Communications Director will be responsible for creating original content (e.g., news stories, press releases, short videos, social media posts) that highlights the findings of complex social science to a broad audience. The Communications Director will work closely with faculty and staff to develop op-eds, policy briefs and grant proposals, while serving as our principal media contact. We are looking for candidates who have the ability, experience and energy to design and implement a full range of public relations and communications activities for our diverse international immigration research programs.

Experience working for a major news organization and/or a college, university or government organization is strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience designing and implementing a successful communications and public relations strategy is essential, as is knowledge of and experience in social science scholarship. An existing strong network of media contacts and relationships is crucial.

This is a 100% FTE, one-year, fixed-term position with the possibility of renewal.

Core Duties:

Develop and execute public relations and communications strategy for the IPL.
Develop strategic comprehensive communication plans to meet the needs of key audiences.
Develop strategies for brand managements, reputation management and issues management of moderate complexity.
Design and implement social media strategies.
Develop, execute and oversee written communications of moderate complexity, including presentations, speeches, news stories, academic slide presentations, web content, talking points, correspondence, and social media posts.
Leverage relationships with key reporters and editors, media, community and/or government leaders.

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

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.

Desired Qualifications:

Mastery of skills in journalism and public relations.
Demonstrated public speaking skills.
Demonstrated experience managing a wide range of projects and collaborating across various groups and people.
Software skills in web design and presentation.

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

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.

Job: Communications

Location: School of Humanities and Sciences

Schedule: Full-time

Classification Level:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: http://apptrkr.com/857260

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.

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