Director of Government Relations and University Communications



About Lesley University:

Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in the human arts of education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 6,400 students and 90,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer substantial paid time off, a generous retirement plan, and tuition programs that enable employees and their dependents to expand their knowledge and skills.

Lesley is committed to the ongoing pursuit of strategic diversity initiatives that help to position diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental to institutional and academic excellence at Lesley. In doing so, Lesley strives for a campus culture and community that fosters a true sense of belonging for all, provides opportunity for everyone to participate equally and fully in the Lesley experience, and helps to develop each individual's capacity to confidently and competently engage within and across difference. Given an evolving national context and the rapid change in the demographic profile of our country, the University has made a significant commitment to addressing and enhancing its campus climate and diversity capabilities as an institution.


Job Description:

Lesley seeks a Director of Government Relations and University Communications, who will serve to execute a comprehensive communications and community relations strategy to significantly influence engagement with and across the University.

The selected individual, working directly with the President and reporting to the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), will help drive the University's messaging, brand and positioning in alignment with short- and long-term strategic goals; design and execute evolving institutional communication plans; research and write constituent communications, speeches, remarks, and presentations for the President; quickly and strategically develop internal and external communications for the President, while ensuring the integrity of the University's brand and managing its reputation in the community; cultivate positive relationships with local residents and businesses, government officials, civic organizations; counsel the President on potential public relations concerns or opportunities for expanding community engagement; and assist with the expansion of partnerships with businesses, government agencies, or other community organizations.


Requirements:

The successful candidate will have at least ten years of related or transferable experience; a keen understanding of the issues facing the University and higher education; exceptional communication (verbal and written), leadership, planning, organizational, problem-solving, decision-making, and interpersonal skills; the ability to capture and write credibly in the voice of the President; a deep knowledge of, and relationships with, numerous individuals and organizations within the Cambridge and Boston areas; demonstrated ability to respond quickly and appropriately to crisis; and have at least a Bachelor's degree. Master's degree other advanced degree in a relevant field will be preferred.


Additional Information:

At Lesley University we strive for a supportive and equitable environment where people -- regardless of race, physical ability, age, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected personal identities -- can participate equally and fully as their true selves in all aspects of university life. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric of our institution.


Application Instructions:

A letter of interest, CV/resume, portfolio of writing samples for external audiences, including the task, approach and results when implemented, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, professional activity, and/or service must be included for full consideration.