Associate Director, Strategic Communications

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director, Strategic Communications 

Job ID: 35587

Location: Columbia

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Job Description

The Associate Director of the MU News Bureau works to elevate the university’s prestige by managing staff writers who promote research and other stories internally and through the national media, assists the Director with crisis and issues management, covers certain “beats” of the university in order to identify newsworthy work to promote, is a primary contact for certain media, and serves as liaison between media and selected areas of the university. The Associate Director also is responsible for representing the News Bureau and the Division of Strategic Communications & Marketing across the university and with certain external groups.


Salary Range: $80,000 -$90,000

GGS Grade: 12


Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

40 hours/week, some evening and weekend responsibilities are required

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

10 or more years of experience in a news or public relations field, and significant experience working with or for the media is preferred, including experience with crisis communications.

Application Materials

Cover letter, resume, 3-5 writing samples; Optional: summary description of a crisis communication that was managed effectively.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at


Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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