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Director of Communications

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 29, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
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Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Communications

Job no: 530068
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Journalism/Communication, Legal/Law, Student Life/Services

Department: School of Law
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $76,500 - $88,500/year
Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0
Application Review Begins

September 12, 2022; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and a minimum of three professional references.
Department Summary

The University of Oregon School of Law is a dynamic, ABA-accredited law school and Oregon's only public law school. Degrees offered include: Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), and a minor in undergraduate legal studies.

Oregon Law's mission is to provide a world-class education. We prepare students through excellent classroom teaching paired with a multitude of practical experience opportunities and robust professional development. Our faculty produce exceptional research and scholarship. We accomplish our mission in a positive, inclusive environment where we strive to provide everyone opportunities to grow, contribute, and develop. Our aim is to learn, teach, and practice the principles of equity and justice as critical foundations for our overall effort to achieve excellence as a top-ranked law school. Success in this work requires a diverse group of people in various faculty and staff roles working in one of our two locations, Eugene and Portland. The University of Oregon is located within the traditional homelands of the Southern Kalapuya. Learn more about Oregon Law at, and consider joining our team.
Position Summary

The Director of Communication works in collaboration with the Dean of Law School and senior management to determine the school's strategic priorities and audiences. The director is responsible for managing and implementing the overall marketing and communications efforts for the School of Law and liaises with a broad range of programs and centers internal to the School. The director leads the development of marketing and communications plans and monitors both the resources and effectiveness of the strategies. The director develops, recommends, implements, and manages the School's brand image in unison with the University's brand, and provides key messaging and positioning through creative multi-channel communications. The director must have a keen understanding of the unique needs of the School of Law's target audiences, primarily prospective students, alumni, and potential donors.

The communications director is the primary communications liaison between the Law School and University Communications. In this role, the director is responsible for ensuring that the school's priorities, communications strategy, and objectives are shared with University Communications leadership, working to identify opportunities for coordination, collaboration, and amplification. The Communications Director supervises a team to meet the communication needs of the Law School while ensuring compliance with University of Oregon brand standards and consistent messaging on UO-wide initiatives.

The Director of Communications co-reports to the Dean of the School of Law and the Chief of Staff of University Communications. The director also works closely with the other members of the senior leadership team, the degree program admissions teams, and the administrative and faculty directors of the various departments, centers, and programs. Outside the School of Law, this position works closely with the university's central communications team and design services. The Director also collaborates with freelance writers, photographers, graphic designers, and technical consultants as is appropriate.
Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years of management experience in areas such as marketing and communications, brand management, publications, advertising, social media, strategic communications planning, and website design.
    Professional Competencies

  • Ability to 1) work effectively with students, staff, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with multiple intersectional identities; and 2) advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university community.
  • Strong writing and editing skills with the ability to streamline and standardize communication written by a variety of authors.
  • Ability to communicate articulately and effectively with varied audiences.
  • A track record of creating and implementing new brand strategies.
  • A proven understanding of how to utilize social media and emerging new media. Strong working knowledge of and comfort level with social media, mobile applications, web-based communications, research, and analytical tools (e.g. Google Analytics).
  • Strong analytical mindset and strategic planning skills.
  • Exceptional project management skills. Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines while juggling multiple priorities.
  • Ability to make effective decisions with limited data in unclear situations.
  • Exceptional judgment in situations with limited time to gain consensus.
  • Highly organized and able to deliver on priorities.
  • Ability to manage and implement the development of a variety of creative content in electronic and print formats.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a team environment with multiple stakeholders.
  • Exceptional service orientation.
  • Knowledge of complex organizations, understanding of academic priorities, and higher education environment nationally and internationally.
  • Ability to think and act strategically, see broad implications of events, anticipate concerns and draft appropriate communications.
    Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in marketing, communications, or a related field.
  • Experience working with undergraduate and/or graduate marketing and communications in a university setting.
  • Experience working with government officials and senior leaders of large, complex organizations.
  • Experience supervising direct reports.
  • Experience developing marketing and communications strategies and plans with performance metrics.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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