Strategic Communications Manager
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Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by December 8, 2021, or before their start date if after December 8.
University Relations is looking for a Strategic Communications Manger to join our Strategic Communications team. This position will have a primary focus of leveraging division and university resources to raise the visibility of Cornell University by aligning university communications priorities and vehicles that connect to our mission, goals, strategic priorities, and accomplishments to internal and external audiences. Learn more about our organization and explore other opportunities on our careers page.
What you will do:
The Strategic Communications Manager will manage portfolio areas that includes a mix of administrative and academic projects/priorities. Partner closely with the colleges, schools, and university administration through their respective communication directors or designated contacts to evaluate communications needs, provide guidance, and design and implement strategic solutions in line with university priorities. Serves on university-level committees. Serve as lead/collaborator on long-term, high-visibility projects in support of division or university priorities; manage sensitive and confidential information
In collaboration with communications professionals in UR and across the university, develops and disseminates high-level messaging in support of Cornell University, including briefings, talking points, FAQs, and statements. Attends regular meetings with division staff and project teams, as required. Provides weekly updates on projects and priorities. Collects, analyzes and reports on performance metrics as appropriate. May serve as a backup to the Sr. Director, which may include coverage for after-hours and crisis/emergency communications needs.
This position is located in Ithaca, New York and is an on-campus position.
Please include both a cover letter and CV with your application materials.
President Biden’s September 9 executive order requires that employees of certain federal contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19, unless exempt for disability/ medical or religious reasons. Because of the scope of this executive order, all Cornell employees are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by December 8, 2021. This includes employees working remotely, hybrid or fully, in any location and whether they are in a casual, temporary, regular full-time or part-time status. An employee who is not in compliance by 12:01AM EST December 8, will be ineligible for continued employment. If offered employment with Cornell University and your start date is scheduled for after December 8, 2021, you will not be permitted to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or receive a university-approved disability/ medical or religious exemption.
We are looking for candidates who are excited about promoting Cornell’s academic and institutional leadership by raising the awareness of Cornell among the broadest possible audience in support of the university’s strategic priorities. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
You will need:
- Bachelor’s degree with at least five to seven years’ experience in journalism/PR/corporate communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Excellent written and verbal skills, including strong editing skills.
- Ability to set and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment and leverage resources to meet deadlines.
- Proven ability to foster and maintain effective, collaborative relationships. Maintain polished and organized communications throughout the project cycle for large and ongoing initiatives. Effective tactical planning skills and abilities.
- Able to manage confidential and sensitive information.
- Strong ability to be comfortable with ambiguity while having the ability to assess, synthesize, and share changing information in a timely, clear, and actionable method.
If you have any of the following, it’s a great bonus:
- Experience in public affairs, government affairs, community relations, educational or other nonprofit environment preferred. Experience with emergency planning and crisis communications.
- Knowledge of research university climate highly desirable.
- Master’s degree in communications or related field a plus.
- Ability to navigate senior-level administrators, faculty and staff to execute assignments.
- Able to develop and maintain good working relationships with diverse audiences.
- Proficiency in emerging social media and mass marketing platforms.
What we offer:
Great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: Paid vacation and health/personal days, 12 university paid holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year’s Day) and superior retirement contributions.
An active and diverse community to work and thrive in! Cornell is situated in picturesque Ithaca, New York, the heart of the Finger Lakes. Ithaca is home to two academic institutions, state parks, waterfalls, gorges, and a wide range of art galleries, theaters, eateries, wineries, and breweries. Ithaca has something to suit all ages and interests!
No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
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Job posted: 2021-11-03