Director of Communications
Officer of Administration
Journalism/Communication, Legal/Law, Student Life/Services
School of Law
Appointment Type and Duration:
$76,500 - $88,500/year
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.
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 law.uoregon.edu, and
consider joining our team.
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.
- Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, or a related
field, or equivalent combination of education and
- Three years of management experience in areas such as marketing
and communications, brand management, publications, advertising,
social media, strategic communications planning, and website
- 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
- Ability to communicate articulately and effectively with varied
- A track record of creating and implementing new brand
- 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
- Exceptional project management skills. Ability to work under
pressure to meet deadlines while juggling multiple
- Ability to make effective decisions with limited data in
- Exceptional judgment in situations with limited time to gain
- 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
- Ability to think and act strategically, see broad implications
of events, anticipate concerns and draft appropriate
- Master's degree in marketing, communications, or a related
- 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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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
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national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status,
disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity,
and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment
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policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be
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Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information,
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To apply, visit https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/530068/director-of-communications