Director of Communications

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 03, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About Computing and Information Sciences

Computing and Information Science (CIS) is a college-level unit within Cornell University founded in recognition that computing and information technology will fundamentally transform society, and will have an impact on almost every scientific and scholarly discipline in the modern university. It is a community of people committed to tackling some of the world's biggest challenges by working together across multiple colleges and two Cornell campuses (the main campus in Ithaca, and Cornell Tech).  CIS is home to the three academic departments that power the information economy: Computer Science (CS), Information Science (IS), and Statistics and Data Science (SDS). The CIS majors have been surging in popularity, experiencing a 600% growth in the past decade.

About the Role

The Director of Communications is an integral part of the CIS leadership team that has an important and appreciated voice in shaping the future of CIS. As the key strategic communications leader for CIS, the Director of Communications will increase external visibility for the college and increase alumni engagement to advance and promote the college’s vision. Reporting to the Dean for CIS, the Director of Communications leads, develops and executes on the CIS communications and media relations strategy.

This person will have the opportunity to:

  • Help world-renowned experts “tell their story” showcasing their cutting-edge research to gain exposure that can lead to exciting new opportunities for the university;
  • Dream big, get buy-in on those dreams and successfully execute on them using your high-caliber project management experience;
  • Tell the world (and our alumni) about the life-changing impact CIS has on it;
  • Work in a fast-paced, rapidly-growing and collaborative environment;
  • Strategically lead the communications function, partnering with University leadership;
  • Make a huge impact by shaping and developing the communications function and department;
  • Work in an environment that highly values and puts diversity, inclusion and belonging at the forefront;
  • Partner with colleagues who are lightyears ahead of current trends (just like you);
  • Make all of this information relatable and understandable to a multifaceted audience;
  • Create and develop a close-knit and high-performing team.


Rewards and Benefits


We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions;
  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation during the first year and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25th through January 1st;
  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program;
  • Enjoy the beauty and splendor of all four seasons in the Finger Lakes Region with remote work flexibility;
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Key Responsibilities

In this role you will focus on five key priorities:

  1. Lead strategy of CIS communications for critical impact on and high visibility among internal and external audiences;
  2. Direct the CIS communications portfolio to advance CIS’s mission, goals, priorities and accomplishments;
  3. Strategically manage publications, marketing, media outreach, content that showcase, promote and attract exciting new research and opportunities that are born in CIS
  4. Build effective collaborations and partnerships across the broad spectrum of Computing and Information Science and University Relations constituents and those across the university;
  5. Manage staff, budget and programs.


Success Factors

Additionally, successful candidates will have:

  • Razor sharp editing skills
  • Proven track record of leading the communications function with a particular emphasis on developing a compelling communications strategy to re-brand CIS, with a view to increasing CIS’s external visibility and outreach to alums to bring better students, faculty, knowledge and fundraising that enables core research and academic excellence.
  • Demonstrated experience as a self-directed strategic, creative and innovative thinker;
  • Expertise in crafting creative, inspiring stories that communicate complex concepts simply;
  • Experience in the direction and development of multimedia products including video, flash animation, digital signage, blogs, etc. as well as active participation in online social networks;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and relate to diverse audiences;
  • Exceptional writing, editorial, interpersonal, qualitative and quantitative research and organizational skills;
  • Collaborated and gained support from diverse viewpoints;
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills.


Core Qualifications

Successful candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and have and seven to ten years of relevant experience in communications, marketing, public relations, media relations or journalism, with demonstrated experience as a communications leader serving multiple stakeholders, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 


Preferred Qualifications include:

  • A Master’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, media relations or journalism or a related field.