Executive Director, Executive Communications - Clark University
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 138230
Location: Worcester, MA Category: Staff and Administrators Posted On: Mon Oct 18 2021 Job Description:
Under the leadership of President David Fithian, and other new members of his leadership team, there is a significant momentum and opportunity to build on the quality and reputation of Clark University and raise its profile through strategic marketing communications. In this newly created position, the Executive Director for Executive Communications will have primary responsibility for capturing, projecting, and amplifying the voice of Clark University's leadership, in particular President Fithian ('87), principally through written communications. The Executive Director also will contribute - as a writer and strategist - to efforts to raise awareness and appreciation for Clark University's academic expertise and research prowess.
Working in close coordination with the Office of the President and others throughout the university, the Executive Director will have primary responsibility for drafting
communications in various formats including speeches, messages to the University community, social media and blog postings, contributed content for proactive media relations, video scripts, and university institutional material.
Help lead the creative concepting for significant communications, including overall message and tone. The Executive Director also will manage the review process for the content they develop.
Write about a range of subjects related to the President's efforts, significant University initiatives, and the University's contribution as a thought leader, with content oriented toward an array of audiences.
Distill broad themes and messages down to a succinct set of communications that will be led by the President, Senior Leadership, and Marketing and Communications to a variety of stakeholders via multiple communications channels and activities.
Write with wit, warmth, and intelligence; develop relationships with subject matter experts across the University; respond to feedback with positivity and eagerness.
Meet immediate and changing deadlines, work with multiple editors, and meet the highest standards of composition.
Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.
Professional and Personal Profile
A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field, with a minimum of 5 - 8 years of relevant experience in writing for executive leaders, including synthesizing complex strategies into simple, compelling messages. Journalism experience a-plus.
Strong portfolio of written material presented in various forms and formats and engagement/support provided at the executive level.
Demonstrated track record of strong writing/creative storytelling, strategic thinking, quality writing, and excellent research and fact-checking.
Proven ability to capture "voice" and sustain it through communications in various formats and tones.
An innovative writer who develops communications strategies that engage a variety of stakeholders.
Demonstrated track record with use of project management and productivity technology.
Experience collaborating with creative teams.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with colleagues at every level; commitment to collaboration, a product/goal-focused orientation, and the ability to work as a member of a team.
The ability to thrive in an intellectually challenging, immensely complex and frequently unpredictable academic environment. High tolerance for ambiguity.
Experience working in higher education and/or nonprofit. Private sector experience a plus.
Demonstrated initiative and creative energy; collegial and service-oriented; highly organized and able to balance multiple deadlines throughout the year.
Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed toscholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.