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Director of Communications, Office of the Provost

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Executive/Management/Director, Journalism/Communication, Planning/Project Management, Public Policy and Planning

Department: University Communications
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $80,000 - $90,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA09-Fiscal Year 2017-2018
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
April 24, 2018; open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:

• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.
• A letter of interest detailing how you meet the qualifications and professional competencies for this position.
• Two or three work samples (i.e., written communication, remarks/talking points, digital content) with a description of your contribution to the work.

Department Summary
The department of University Communications is charged with telling the University of Oregon’s (UO) stories to a broad range of audiences and positioning the university to succeed and thrive. The department utilizes and manages a comprehensive suite of communications tools, including public relations, branding, advertising, licensing, digital media, and more for the benefit of the university.

Position Summary
The Director of Communications for the Office of the Provost (“Director”) is responsible for providing proactive communications support and counsel to the Office of the Provost, the provost’s leadership team, and certain individual units reporting within and working closely with the Office of the Provost.

The Director will work closely with the Provost’s Chief of Staff, the Senior Director of Internal and Executive Communications and the University Communications team to ensure strategic, proactive, and cohesive messaging in support of the Provost’s initiatives and priorities, to position the university to succeed and thrive. The Director will provide strategic counsel for and assistance with executive communications for the Senior Vice President and Provost, the university’s chief academic officer. This includes writing speeches and other communications to both internal and external audiences, managing the Provost’s website and digital presence, and utilizing other tools to promote awareness and understanding of academic priorities and initiatives. The Director will supervise communications professionals in certain other units reporting to the Office of the Provost and provide strategic communications counsel in support of those units’ priorities and initiatives.

The Director will need to be proactive, work independently, show consistently sound judgment, and have a demonstrated ability to manage, understand, and communicate complex issues and institutional affairs to multiple audiences and through a variety of media. The Director will regularly interact with other administrative leadership and staff, other communication professionals, faculty, students and external stakeholders. The position may occasionally require working in the evening or on weekends in support of the Provost’s activities.

The position is supervised by the Senior Director of Internal and Executive Communications in close cooperation with the Provost’s Chief of Staff. This position will have supervisory responsibilities.

Minimum Requirements
• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
• Five years or equivalent experience in communications, public relations, public affairs, or related field.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated ability to create and manage communications plans and strategies.
• Demonstrated ability to assimilate complicated information and write for variety of audiences, media, and contexts.
• Experience with digital communications, including website, photo editing, and content management systems.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, set appropriate work priorities, and require minimal supervision over regular work activities.
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and tight deadlines.
• Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.
• Demonstrated ability to provide communications counsel and support for an executive or institutional leader.
• Demonstrated ability to adapt tone and voice to reach intended audiences.
• Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience in higher education setting.
• Experience in issue management and/or crisis communications.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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