The Division of Academic Affairs encourages applications for a
Director of Graduate School and ODECE Communications! The purpose
of this position is to strategically develop and manage the
internal and external communications for the Graduate School and
Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE). The
Director demonstrates an understanding of unit mission and values
in addition to the current campus climate and uses that to craft
messaging and engagement of internal and external audiences. The
position is housed in the Office of the Provost, and reports to the
senior director of academic communications, with dotted lines to
the dean of the graduate school, the executive leader of ODECE, and
works with the director of strategic communications for diversity,
equity, and inclusion.
The Director of Graduate School and ODECE Communications is
responsible for helping to conceive, craft, and edit/polish the key
messages that emerge from the Graduate School and the Office of
Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE). These include:
executive communications (thought pieces, speeches, remarks,
op-eds, presentations) from, respectively, the dean of the Graduate
School and vice provost for graduate affairs and the vice provost
and associate vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion;
written updates to the key audiences of each unit in the form of
newsletters, e-memos or CUBT stories; web postings and web site
copy supporting the work of each unit. The position oversees the
CUBT Graduate Edition, working with the dean and assistant deans of
the Graduate School and the senior director of academic
communications to ensure timeliness and relevance of content. The
position assists ODECE by overseeing its unit communicator to
ensure that ODECE’s newsletters, web postings, and
community-focused communications channels are used according to
standard processes and that all deliverables are well-crafted and
positioned to support ODECE’s strategic goals and leadership.
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culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The Provost's Office is the face of Academic Affairs, as such the
work unit is oriented toward providing service that supports the
institution's academic role and mission. The Division of Academic
Affairs is led by the Provost and exists to nurture, foster and
support the development of outstanding academic research and
instructional programs on the University of Colorado Boulder campus
to ensure our students are offered academic excellence in their
undergraduate and graduate educations!
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Content and Message Planning, Management and
Project Management and Oversight
- Ensure that all messages emanating from the Graduate School and
ODECE to their relevant audiences are carefully crafted to move
these audiences to understanding and action.
- Interact with Graduate School and ODECE leadership and the
senior director of academic communications to cement themes and
timelines of messaging.
- In partnership with Graduate School leadership and ODECE
executive leaders in coordination with the campus DEI
communications director, create, update, maintain and implement
communications plans for the Graduate School and ODECE, identifying
key audiences (based on sub-unit engagements/roles), key public
moments for communication, and building a breakout of monthly
communication activities for each unit.
- Craft, shape and apply the unit leader’s executive voice –
employing a strong sense of language, understanding of the leader’s
intent, audience expectations, and all inflection points to achieve
both. Leverage elements of each unit’s strategic plan,
communication plan, and other campus news into the executive’s
messaging, consistent with each unit’s goals.
- Build and maintain collaborative communications networks and
partnerships on and off campus.
- Create Advancement content in partnership with Graduate School
- Serve as Strategic Relations and Communications (SRC) vertical
comms lead, Reputation: Sustaining and Supporting Our Community by
providing content in CU Boulder Today and the Graduate School’s
monthly email to increase the awareness of the role and
responsibilities of the Graduate School to graduate students and
the campus community.
- Create feature stories and special content for the Graduate
School and the academic centers and units it oversees, and for
ODECE. Write stories in coordination with college, school, center
and SRC communicators, coordinating with the director of DEI
communications to pitch to media outlets for all ODECE/DEI related
- Design and implement, in partnership with SRC digital
engagement experts, social media and digital engagement strategies
for each unit.
- Provide support to unit leaders for interactions with
constituent groups (note-taking at meetings, talking points, ppt
slides if needed).
- Oversee the graduate edition of CUBT (M-W-F).
- In partnership with unit leaders, create and distribute regular
monthly e-mail announcements, communications about specific events,
and other communications as requested by both organizations.
- Oversee ODECE’s marketing and communications specialist
ensuring the day-to-day tactical work of communications is carried
out in alignment with the goals of the provost, the senior vice
chancellor for DEI, and ODECE’s executive leader.
- Develop branded promotional materials, in partnership with SRC
- Other content planning, review and creation duties as
What You Should Know
- Hands on responsibility for writing and editing content,
creating infographics, overseeing print materials, and developing
and designing the Graduate School website.
- Ensure that all communications assets (marketing materials,
social media, stories, website content and more) are branded and
connect to each other across platforms for both ODECE and the
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What We Can Offer
The annual salary range is $68,000- $90,000.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications,
advertising/marketing or a liberal arts degree or equivalent
combination of education and experience may substitute.
- 5 years of professional experience as a writer, editor or
content creator in a higher education institution, government
agency, or public-facing organization.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Outstanding written communications skills, including
familiarity with or the ability to quickly learn AP style, and
demonstrated versatility in crafting a variety of content: web
content, basic news stories, feature stories, marketing collateral,
and executive voice pieces.
- Outstanding editorial/communications planning, calendaring, and
- The ability to match organizational goals to communications
goals, strategy and tactics.
- The ability to work in a multi-cultural, ethnically diverse
higher education environment with cultural competence and
- Superior patience, diplomacy and listening skills – working
with leaders and in partnership with other communicators in an
academic environment to craft content to move audiences to
understanding and action, all within an aligned messaging platform
and via communication plans.
- Possessing executive voice competence and sharp attention to
- A master’s degree in journalism, mass communications, marketing
and advertising, or a strongly related field.
- Five to seven years’ experience in a higher education,
government agency, or public-facing organization in a lead
communications content management role.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background
and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and
responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by October 10, 2022 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs
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