The Director of Presidential Communications reports to
the President and President's Chief of Staff, and, through
presidential communications, serves as an active catalyst for
constructive and collaborative change, helping propel the
University to be a global Jesuit institution that is student- and
patient-centered, research-driven and mission-focused, and is
working with the people of St. Louis to re-imagine, transform and
unity our city.
Serves as a key advisor to the President on
effectively promoting the University's Jesuit mission and values,
its institutional priorities and initiatives; conceives, designs
and develops communications vehicles in the President's written and
spoken voices that advance the University's visibility and standing
among its key stakeholders locally, nationally and
Actively fosters trusting relationships with leaders
of University stakeholder groups to gauge and understand
perceptions and to better frame audience-centered messaging.
In collaboration with Marketing and Communications
staff, creates written, visual and audio content for the Web,
social media, email and other outlets; serves as the President's
primary representative for marketing and communication
Communications Lead and Content Creator
- Serves as a key advisor to the President on University image
and works with the President to design and develop initiatives that
advance University visibility and reputation; is an engaged and
collaborative participant in crisis prevention, crisis management
and crisis resolution situations, which includes being on call for
emergency response. Builds relationships with University leadership
and stakeholder groups and supports the President's communications
to the University community, alumni, elected officials, and church
leaders. As a member of the President's office team, works to
strategically identify opportunities to enhance the President's
engagement with University stakeholders. Travels with the President
- Advises the President and members of the President's Executive
Staff, especially the President's Chief of Staff, regarding key
constituencies, providing context and background information on
current or prospective challenges; helps support the gathering and
analysis of information, data and context that may inform the
President's strategic considerations; exercises sound judgment
while assessing internal and external issues, helping to devise and
execute communications plans, and managing audience-centered
communications by the President; proactively identifies
opportunities and obstacles that could affect the successful
execution of the President's commitments including elevating issues
about which the President should be aware and framing approaches to
actively engage the University's key constituencies, pursue
strategic opportunities, prevent and resolve problems and/or
mitigate risk; helps identify potential and real crisis situations
and elevates them to the President, Chief of Staff, General Counsel
or appropriate Executive Staff member; provides frequent feedback
to other members of the President's Office team and participates in
pre/post-mortem practices as a regular part of pursuing
- Builds and nurtures relationships with students, faculty and
staff, and external community leaders to better serve as both a
resource for the President and a point of contact to pursue mutual
opportunities, resolve complex issues and help move forward the
Universities strategic priorities; participates in key meetings
with faculty, administrators, and others as needed and delegated;
listens to the views and concerns of students, faculty and staff,
and external community leaders and reports findings to the Chief of
Staff and appropriate members of the Executive Staff; accurately
represents the President's position in internal meetings and
discussions to help drive understanding and move decision-making
forward; helps facilitate the needs of the President's Executive
Staff to raise critical issues with the President and obtain needed
responses, guidance and decisions; helps resolve concerns of
constituencies, when appropriate, as well as assists constituencies
in gaining access to the most appropriate senior leader when
opportunities and challenges arise.
- Helps the President and the President's Executive Staff
prioritize issues and schedule demands, optimizing the President's
workweek and ensuring the highest value priorities of the
University are being pursued; participates in institutional
planning, budget creation, policy development and problem
Communications Project Management
- Researches, conceives, writes and edits speeches, remarks,
talking points, letters, email messages, social media posts,
citations, audio and video scripts, and reports in the President's
voice; meets deadlines; manages the President's email and social
media accounts, manages and delegates general correspondence as
appropriate; and creates content reflecting an understanding of the
University mission, Jesuit values, the University strategic plan,
and campus and external constituencies.
- Assists the President, Chief of Staff, Assistants to the
President, the President's Executive Assistant and Provost with
communications on subject matters that typically require
considerable sensitivity, discretion, judgment, or
- Serves as the President's representative when collaborating
with MarCom staff on various projects.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal
- Actively manages strategic communications projects and special
assignments from concept to completion, on time and on budget;
develops and executes project plans in partnership with the
President's Executive Staff, the Provost's Office, Vice Presidents,
the Deans, faculty, staff, students and other internal and external
stakeholders; engages strategically with key opinion leaders to
help ensure constructive input, participation and support;
proactively identifies opportunities and obstacles that could
affect the successful execution of communications plans and other
project plans, and refines plans accordingly to ensure expectations
are re-framed, if needed, and are delivered punctually for review
by the President and Chief of Staff; keeps the President's Chief of
Staff informed of progress, potential barriers and new
- Maintains knowledge of Saint Louis University history and the
University's style guide; implements systems to assess content
effectiveness; gathers data and metrics, analyzes results and make
recommendation; performs special projects and other duties as
- Knowledge of and appreciation for Jesuit higher education.
- A deft and trusted advisor, content creator and project manager
who exemplifies a University culture of trust, innovation,
collaboration, inclusion and diversity.
- Ability to create compelling content in multiple forms — video,
audio and short- and long-form text — and in the President's
written and spoken voices.
- Ability to support and advance Saint Louis University's mission
and its Jesuit, Catholic values and traditions. Ever curious to
discover new pathways and pursue possibilities over
- Ability to quickly build and sustain the trust and confidence
of the President and the President's Chief of Staff, and to
maintain strict confidentiality.
- Ability to continually prioritize and juggle competing demands
and deadlines, and help initiate and execute the President's
communications projects punctually and effectively.
- Ability to help identify and implement methods to measure the
success of our communications initiatives and to improve.
- Ability to quickly discern the common interests and roles of
internal and external influencers who may be enlisted to help the
President attain the University's strategic objectives, then earn
and maintain trust among those stakeholders.
- Ability to quickly discern possible impacts of potential and
real crises on the University's mission and values, strategic
objectives, operations, audience expectations and reputation.
- Ability to view and analyze the impacts of potential and real
crises in context of events and issues of current prominence.
- Relentless attention to detail.
- Superior writing, editing and proofreading ability and oral
- An adept user of leading and institutional technologies in an
- Knowledge of English grammar and AP style.
- Knowledge of marketing/communications and its role in an
- Strong interpersonal and human relations skills.
Bachelors plus 5-10 years of progressive
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