Communications Manager, Office for Strategic Affairs

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Communications Manager, Office for Strategic Affairs
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170253
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:

Reporting to the Director for Strategic Planning, the Communications Manager will assist with the creation, layout, design, and maintenance of materials associated with the newly created Office for Strategic Affairs. They also will be expected to work in multiple media formats including print, video, and emerging social media technologies.
The individual will have a strong record of progressive experience in today’s communications fields, which includes evidence of writing and editing, interpersonal skills, presentation skills, and marketing skills and proficiency in using technology, image processing, content management systems, and social media tools. The candidate of choice will have strong conceptual skills and will come ready to help Virginia Tech tell the compelling story of its plans for the future to those both inside and outside of the university (see the Beyond Boundaries vision document at http://www.beyondboundaries.vt.edu/about.html).The individual must have a strong understanding of effective visual communication design and branding principles; the use of the Internet as a medium of connection; and ability to manage multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment. The individual will design and support engagement and outreach initiatives and events associated with the strategic plan and strategic initiatives.
This position will work directly with the University Relations team and the Office for Inclusion and Diversity (www.inclusivevt.vt.edu). The position will work collaboratively with communication professionals based in units and colleges across the university to raise the visibility of strategic university initiatives. The individual will ensure that the communication, marketing, and engagement efforts are segmented by audience and include measures for success that inform future activity. The communications manager assures that efforts are aligned with Advancement initiatives, including university-wide communications, marketing and branding.
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 (http://inclusive.vt.edu/ ). 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.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in communications, journalism or related field or a Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field and significant experience and or training that may equate to an advanced degree.
• Strong skills using technology in the workplace; familiarity with content management systems, web platforms, social media competencies
• Strong writing and public presentation skills.
• Demonstrated understanding of developing and emerging communications technologies and platforms.
• Demonstrated ability to represent and incorporate diverse constituencies and perspectives in all forms of communication.
• Demonstrated experience working with underrepresented populations and communities and communicating about issues of diversity and inclusion.
• Ability to work collaboratively and as a member of multiple teams.
• Experience working with a variety of creative communications, data analytics, e-mail management, and web content management software platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience in a higher education environment.
• Experience with strategic plans.

Employment Conditions: Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

To evaluate the requirements and apply, candidates may review posting AP0170253 in its entirety at www.jobs.vt.edu. Review of applications will begin October 05, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants MUST apply on-line to be considered. If you have any questions please contact our Service Center @ 540-231-9331 or email hrservicecenter@vt.edu.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: President's Institutional Expense
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8a-5p
Job Posting Date: 09/14/2017
Review Begin Date: 10/05/2017
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/79829

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Required Documents

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