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Vice President, Communications
Vice President, Communications
Reporting to the president, and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Vice President (VP) of Communications will be responsible for the development of Lincoln University’s communication strategy and will contribute to the institution’s organizational strategic planning process. The VP of Communications will develop a world-class communications plan for Lincoln University, directly managing communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s brand reputation. The VP of Communications will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. This individual will be an ambassador for the organization and will need to build relationships with the media. The goal is to advance the organization’s position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness and donor support for the organization. The VP of Communications will be responsible for Lincoln University’s varied and integrated communications products and services including newsletters and other print publications; web, e-news, and other online communications; media and public relations; and marketing.
Communications Strategy, Vision and Leadership
Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance Lincoln University’s brand identity; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences.
Create a marketing/public relations strategy that will allow Lincoln’s leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers.
Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
Serve as communications counselor to Lincoln University’s leadership.
Oversee development of all Lincoln University communications including the annual report, marketing collateral materials and electronic communications including Lincoln’s new media; manage relationships with associated vendors.
Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization.
Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting material as needed.
Actively engage, cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage surrounding Lincoln’s programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects.
Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning, and staff development
Recruit and manage a communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy.
Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis.
Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field is required, an advanced degree is preferred
Minimum 10 years experience in a senior management role either in-house or with an agency
Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with top tier reporters and editors, and in successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placements
Extensive successful writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety of print and online communications media
Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and marketing program to advance an organization’s mission and goals
Creative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilized
A minimum of five years experience in planning, writing, editing, and production of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing literature, and other print publications and directories
Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output
Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of communications specialists
Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
Stature, gravitas, and confidence to gain the credibility and respect of high-performing Board of Directors
Self-reliant, good problem solver, results-oriented
Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs
Excellent and persuasive communicator
Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance, and administration initiatives
Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, Lincoln University’s Board of Directors, and staff
Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as a strategic thinker
Passion for Lincoln University’s mission
Moderate lifting up to 20 pounds as frequently as needed to move objects; dexterity to write and manipulate computer keyboard and mouse; ability to hear and speak clearly; and body mobility to stoop, kneel, and bend and reach.
Work is primarily performed in a university campus environment and requires a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work. Travel for administrative work is expected. The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
Lincoln University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply The University is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
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Job posted: 2021-12-29