Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for a Director, Strategic Communications to join the newly reorganized Communications, Marketing, and Participation leadership team in the Alumni Affairs & Development division (AAD). This team is responsible for the planning, creative development, and execution of marketing and communications across AAD in support of divisional and university priorities. This position will sit in the appealing city of Ithaca New York and be central to Cornell's soon to be launched campaign.
Cornell provides exceptional benefits that include professional development, wellness programs, health care options, generous paid leave provisions, 12 holidays, employee education options, a retirement program, and Children's Tuition Assistance. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
The Director for Strategic Communications takes the lead on developing and implementing a brand framework and communications plan for Cornell's capital campaign, working closely with the campaign planning team and other internal and external partners. They will play an important role in the process of onboarding external partners -- agencies and other vendors -- to assist with campaign communications planning, and once these partners are identified, will serve as the primary point of contact. The Director for Strategic Communications also serves as a key liaison with University Relations and college and unit communications teams. This position will develop relationships with college and unit communicators, working to streamline communications with the Cornell alumni audience.
Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience, with a minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in directing communications, public relations, brand development, marketing operations and/or market research strategies and methodologies, including digital media, for an organization.
Experience with the creative conceptualization of communications strategies, as well as hands-on experience in the production of different media for marketing and publicity, from print-based to digital.
Technological savvy, with a solid understanding of all kinds of digital media, including the Web, online marketing, direct marketing, and social media.
Proficiency with marketing tools for tracking and analysis.
Superior communication skills, in speech and in writing.
Sound judgment and demonstrated ability to think strategically, critically, and creatively.
Expertise with strategic planning and budget creation and oversight.
Outstanding leadership and team spirit in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Political savvy and the ability to develop strong working relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders.
Strong attention to detail and exceptional organizational and project management skills, even when dealing with a heavy workload.
Positive executive image and demeanor, calm under pressure, "take charge" attitude, and the ability to achieve goals through collaboration, consensus, and transparency.
Availability to travel and to work outside of standard office hours when necessary.
Advanced degree and work experience in both higher education and in public relations, communications, journalism, public affairs, or other related fields strongly preferred.
*Visa sponsorship not available for this role
-typically lifts 10 to 20 lbs
-Limited exposure to hazards
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Communication Mgr II
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