Communications Manager

Posting Details

Job # 036700 Department Code 31301-0097 Department Division of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Job Title Communications Manager Location Syracuse University Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S5 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

This position will serve as the Public Relations Manager for Institute for Veterans and Military Families ( IVMF ) and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs ( OVMA ) and joins a team responsible for promoting the mission, vision, reputation and visibility of the Division at Syracuse University through media, publications and web/electronics communication.


• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required (Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, English).

• Minimum 3 years’ public relations, copywriting/editorial experience.

• Experience in executive speechwriting, talking points and media relations.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Exceptional writing, editing and verbal communication skills.

• Strong relationship building, collaboration and interpersonal skills.

• Proficiency in MS Office suite and Analytics.

• Familiarity/Interest in or affiliation with the veteran and military community.


• Plans, writes, edits, and proofs all content for publications, digital tools, websites, collateral, and press releases.

• Establishes and manages work flow for requesting, creating, editing, publishing and retiring content.

• Develops standards, systems and best practices for content creation and maintenance.

• Works collaboratively with communications team, managers and leadership to identify content to effectively attract and retain external stakeholders.

• Coordinates and manages assets in photography, video and audio support.

• Assists with social media strategy and editorial calendar maintenance.

• Tracks and reports all results, trends, and statistics as required.

• Manages media relations and key stakeholders to elevate brand.

• Drives audience awareness and engagement across marketing channels.

• Develops and maintains media lists and relationships.

• Assists in training and empowering staff in PR best practices.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume, cover letter and writing samples. There is an option if available, to include a URL if you have an existing online portfolio.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 10/20/2020 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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