September 23, 2016

Deputy Director for Social Science Communications

Stanford University - Stanford, CA

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Stanford University

Deputy Director for Social Science Communications

Job Number: 72335

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University Communications, a department within the Office of Public Affairs, is the official voice of Stanford University. Its mission is to expand Stanford's worldwide reputation as an institution where fascinating, innovative, world-changing research and teaching occur daily.

The Deputy Director for Social Science Communications oversees the effort to tell the story of Stanford's world-leading social science and humanities faculty and research through press releases, active media pitching and the production of multimedia projects. The deputy director establishes and coordinates a university-wide style for communicating social science advances, focusing on clear explanations of how the research was conducted and, importantly, how Stanford makes a positive impact in the world through this work. The role expands both internal and external communications on behalf of Stanford and furthers its reputation.

The position supervises University Communications' Humanities Public Information Officer and coordinates with communicators from multiple institutions across campus.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:20% Leads effort for social science communication strategies
Develops, executes and assesses communication strategies for telling stories that illustrate and elevate Stanford's reputation as a leader in social science research and education. Refines key social science and humanities talking points and strategies to communicate complex information to multiple audiences through a wide variety of communication platforms including and social media outlets.

40% Oversees creation and promotion of social science-related materials
Develops and edits or writes communications of innovations and academic excellence from constituent offices. Identifies storytelling opportunities with Humanities PIO and edits resulting news stories, press releases, multimedia packages and other appropriate news and feature materials. Leads a team to identify and help produce long- and short-form packages to highlight Stanford stories in social science and humanities areas. Coordinates and edits news stories from social science and humanities communicators around campus for press releases and social science-related packages.

20% Lead social science-related media relations efforts
Leverage relationships with key reporters, editors and media. Provide public relations support for audiences that are both internal and external to the university, including on a national and international scale. Provide guidance and media training to faculty who spend significant time in the news.

15% Develop and lead special projects
Manage special projects such as Nobel Prize coverage, social science-related multimedia packages and alternative storytelling initiatives from initial strategy and content development through implementation and measurement. Prepare detailed project schedules and collaborate with editorial, design, production and digital teams to deliver high-quality products.

5% Assist other campus communications efforts
Provides communications support, including news writing and media relations, in the event of a major campus crisis or emergency. Maintains an ongoing, comprehensive understanding of technological advances that affect the efficient operation of University Communications activities. Participates with other university communications professionals in the Communications Working Group.


Bachelor's degree and seven (7) years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.


Demonstrated ability to develop and execute multilevel communication strategies.

Demonstrated initiative and creativity, with the balance of characteristics needed to both conceptualize fresh, path-breaking communications ideas and build political support for them across a complex institutional structure.

Significant experience as a social science and/or humanities writer, editor or in public relations at a college, university, news media organization, government agency or other large, complex knowledge-based organization. Knowledge of and experience in the physical sciences is essential.

Excellent writing and editing skills. Experience in recognizing and developing social science news and feature stories and in communicating them effectively (verbally and in writing) in appropriate styles for radio, television and print media, the web and social media. Demonstrated knowledge of journalistic formats, styles, standards, deadlines, techniques and audiences. Demonstrated knowledge of the academic and research enterprises, placing them in context and communicating them to the news media and a general audience.

Experience in analyzing situations and giving sound professional judgment on news value, strategic communications, public opinion and media relations.

Demonstrated a knack for producing engaging content for social media channels, and a proven ability to communicate with science and technology reporters on social platforms.

Possess sufficient experience and stature to be well-regarded across campus, and to work effectively with campus constituencies including deans, vice presidents, administrative staff, faculty members, students, donors and alumni. Ability to work collaboratively with public agencies, universities and organizations around the country.

Demonstrated skills in establishing and maintaining productive, credible and ethical working relationships with print and broadcast editors, writers and reporters. Ability to energetically pursue and maintain personal media contacts on a regular basis, to be responsive to requests for information, and to effectively promote campus programs and market story ideas. Ability to plan and execute media events.

Demonstrated commitment to principles of community and diversity.

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: Office of Public Affairs

Schedule: Full-time

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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.