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Director of Communications

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Director of Communications
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0160271
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

University Relations is seeking to fill multiple Director of Communications positions. The Director of Communications plans, executes, and evaluates a comprehensive communications and marketing program for the unit it serves, and aligns those activities with university wide communications, marketing and branding initiatives. The director will have a strong record of progressive experience in today’s communications fields, which includes evidence of strong writing and editing, interpersonal skills, presentation skills, and marketing skills; proficiency in using word processing, image processing, content management system, and social media tools; must also have a strong understanding of effective graphic design and branding principles and the use of the Internet as a medium of communication; ability to manage multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment. This position will work collaboratively with the members of the unit’s advancement team to pursue and promote the overall institutional goals related to communications, fundraising, and alumni engagement.

Current openings are available in the following areas: College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Office of Alumni Relations. Positions will report jointly to the Assistant Vice President for University Relations and the respective area.

Please specify your preference for particular openings in your cover letter.

Office of Alumni Relations
A central part of the university’s Advancement Division, provides engagement opportunities for more than 250,000 alumni located in all 50 states and around the world. Alumni Relations supports a dynamic array of engagement opportunities, including more than 130 alumni chapters, continuing education programs, social events, travel programs, and mentoring experiences with current students.

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
At $513 million, Virginia Tech is currently ranks #39 overall in the National Science Foundation’s annual survey of higher education research expenditures, #23 among public research universities. Virginia Tech continues to rank in the top 5 percent of universities in the nation in research expenditures and is the only Virginia institution in the top 50. Virginia Tech has widely respected strengths in engineering and the life sciences.

College of Architecture and Urban Studies
The college is composed of four primary units: The School of Architecture and Design, the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, the School of Public and International Affairs, and the School of Visual Arts. The college’s architecture and interior design programs are ranked among the top five in the nation by DesignIntellegence. The college is composed of 11 undergraduate and 13 graduate degree programs based in Blacksburg and Alexandria, Virginia, and the college has an international location in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience or Master’s degree.

Ability to define goals and objectives, identify target audiences, and develop and implement strategic plans to accomplish and measure progress towards communications goals.

Demonstrated experience in communications or marketing.

Demonstrated ability to plan, execute and evaluate a comprehensive communications program.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in a higher education, independent school, or non-profit environment.

Strong skills using technology in the workplace; familiarity with content management systems, web platforms, social media competencies.

Demonstrated experience leading people, either as a supervisor, a colleague collaborating with others, or both.

Experience working with alumni engagement initiatives.

Experience working with a variety of creative communications, data analytics, e-mail management, and web content management software platforms.

Ability to communicate highly technical or scientific content to a general audience. (Research and Innovation).

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:
Employment Comments:

Current openings are available jointly reporting to the chief advancement officer in the college and the Associate Vice President for University Relations (who reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for University) in the following areas: College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Research and Innovation Division, and Office of Alumni Relations.

Please specify your preference for particular openings in your cover letter.

Office of Alumni Relations
A central part of the university’s Advancement Division, provides engagement opportunities for more than 250,000 alumni located in all 50 states and around the world. Alumni Relations supports a dynamic array of engagement opportunities, including more than 130 alumni chapters, continuing education programs, social events, travel programs, and mentoring experiences with current students.

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
At $513 million, Virginia Tech is currently ranks #39 overall in the National Science Foundation’s annual survey of higher education research expenditures, #23 among public research universities. Virginia Tech continues to rank in the top 5 percent of universities in the nation in research expenditures and is the only Virginia institution in the top 50. Virginia Tech has widely respected strengths in engineering and the life sciences.

College of Architecture and Urban Studies
The college is composed of four primary units: The School of Architecture and Design, the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, the School of Public and International Affairs, and the School of Visual Arts. The college’s architecture and interior design programs are ranked among the top five in the nation by DesignIntellegence. The college is composed of 11 undergraduate and 13 graduate degree programs based in Blacksburg and Alexandria, Virginia, and the college has an international location in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.

How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates must apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu and search for posting AP0160271. Include with the faculty application, a cover letter, resume, and list of five references. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process please notify the Human Resources Service Center, 540-231-9331, HRServiceCenter@vt.edu.

A review of applications will begin after December 8, 2016.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Continuous
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range:
Location: Blacksburg
Department: University Relations
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F + As Needed
Job Posting Date: 11/11/2016
Review Begin Date: 12/16/2016
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/71070

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - online
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - print
    • Higher Ed Jobs (www.higheredjobs.com)
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - HERC (www.hercjobs.org)
    • Diverse Jobs (www.diversejobs.net)
    • Insight Into Diversity (www.careers.insightintodiversity.com)
    • Indeed (www.indeed.com)
    • Roanoke Times Online (www.jobs.roanoke.com)
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (www.jobs.virginia.gov)
    • Virginia Tech job site (www.jobs.vt.edu)
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Job Fair (please describe below)
    • Journal (please describe below)
    • Listserv (please describe below)
    • Newspaper - print (please describe below)
    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
    • Other - Not listed (please describe below)
  2. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Will you have a bachelor's degree and experience or a master's degree by the anticipated start date?
    • No response
    • yes
    • no

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents