Director, Public Relations/Communications

02 Jan, 2022


Director, Public Relations/Communications

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Join our team, help us change the world. At the Sorenson Impact Center, we envision a thriving world where everyone is valued, communities prosper, and the measured impact of our actions guides decision-making. Along with great design and storytelling, communication is a key tool we use to amplify that impact across the globe. We are looking for a hyper-creative, impact-oriented, enthusiastic team member to help elevate our communication efforts.

As a key member of the marketing, communications, and storytelling team, the Head of Communications is responsible for managing internal and external communications for the Sorenson Impact Center. Including; managing media relations, implementing key communication strategies, executing on large project deliverables, and developing and managing internal communications processes. The head will be expected to write and distribute press releases, co-write oped and thought leadership articles, develop ongoing media relationships for the Center, identify thought-leadership and speaking opportunities for Center experts, and help place key stories with national, regional, and industry-specific media. The head also serves as the editor-in-chief of all Sorenson Impact Center channels, developing content for our website, social media channels, newsletters, annual reports and media releases. The position also works closely with our impact strategy and graphic design team to develop innovative and interactive storytelling approaches to complex data visualization challenges. Above all, the Head of Communications excels at creative and technical writing.

Utah-based candidates preferred, full-time remote candidates are welcome to apply.

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants, especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked/underestimated communities.
Develop positive, healthy relationships with media outlets and reporters in key topic areas relevant to the Center’s work.
Create and distribute press releases, through-leadership articles, and media campaigns
Drive pitch and announcement strategies, place key stories
Ensure all materials, information, and announcements have a consistent and positive messaging and branding
Coordinate with all Center teams and personnel to develop stories and new ideas for publication and promotion
Conduct quality control on all mass internal and external communications
Manage a small team of communications students
Manage media relations and maximize media opportunities
Manage communications channels
Develop internal publications such as newsletters, releases, email announcements, planned publications, on-line, intranet, video, special projects and assignments
Work with our marketing team to create rich and creative content that is optimized for search engines
Work across the Center on impact-oriented project deliverables and strategic communications planning
Identify and place Center experts with key thought-leadership and speaking opportunities
Coordinate with public relations agency representation

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, English or a related field; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Excels at creative and technical writing
Detail-oriented editor
Lead and motivate communication staff to produce high-level, brand-driven content
Team oriented
Responsive to challenging situations quickly and professionally
Excellent verbal and digital communication skills
Strong analytical problem solving skills
Clear, concise communication and messaging
Creativity to produce exciting and interesting content
Organizational skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize projects while working on a deadline or in a fast-paced environment
The technological ability to work on a variety of digital platforms and also create web and mobile content
Basic website and social media management skills
3-7 yrs of professional work experience in a communications, public relations or related marketing role highly preferred
Master’s degree in communications program or related field
Knowledge of the impact space
Relationships with key media organization in impact, business, investing and related fields
Professional development courses and/or seminars to learn current industry trends and new technologies
Certified or trained on information exchange programs or creative and publishing software

Type Benefited Staff
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Additional Information
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

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Job posted: 2022-01-02