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Director of Communications, Marketing, and Engagement

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Open Until Filled


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Director of Communications, Marketing, and Engagement

Department this Position Reports to

Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

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Not a Union Position

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Not an SEIU Position

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Regular Full Time

Scheduled Months per Year


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Location of Position

Hanover, New Hampshire

Remote Work Eligibility?

Onsite only

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If yes, length of term in months.


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Position Purpose

The Director of Communications, Marketing and Engagement for the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth College leads the development and implementation of the Institute’s communications and marketing strategy. The Director is responsible for raising the visibility and communicating with impact the stories of our researchers, scholars, students, and stakeholders advancing affordable, sustainable, and reliable energy for the benefit of society.

The ideal candidate will bring to the position proven experience as a leader, manager and collaborator with an in-depth understanding of energy, climate and society issues as well as strong connections with major media outlets, particularly with those specialized in energy, climate, and environment.

Reporting to the Irving Institute Executive Director, the Communications, Marketing, and Engagement Director will work closely with the Institute Faculty Director, Communications Manager, and staff, and in coordination with Dartmouth Communications and other College communications colleagues to help position Dartmouth College as one of the preeminent institutions for energy and climate research, teaching, learning, and leadership.


Required Qualifications - Education and Yrs Exp

Bachelors or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in communications, public relations, or journalism and with at least five years of direct focus on energy, climate, or the environment
  • Strong and current relationships with energy and climate focused reporters and media
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing, with proven advanced knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat, etc., including preparation of presentations
  • Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects and priorities
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity and to serving the needs of diverse populations
  • Excellent collaborative, interpersonal, and communication skills and demonstrated ability to build and foster strong and productive relationships across diverse stakeholder groups
  • Experience building and leading communications teams and managing staff
  • Proven experience in growing the visibility of nascent or start-up programs in a high-paced, multifaceted environment
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or energy, climate, or the environment
  • Professional work experience in higher education
Department Contact for Recruitment Inquiries

Michelle Spiliotes

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Department Contact for Cover Letter and Title

April Salas, Executive Director

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Background Check

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, conduct review, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Dartmouth vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?

Preferred, but not required

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dartmouth College has a Tobacco-Free Policy. Smoking and the use of tobacco-based products (including smokeless tobacco) are prohibited in all facilities, grounds, vehicles or other areas owned, operated or occupied by Dartmouth College with no exceptions. For details, please see our policy.

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Key Accountabilities


Communications Strategy Development and Implementation
  • In collaboration with the Irving Institute Executive Director and with input from other Institute senior leaders, team members and stakeholders, leads development, implementation, and regular evaluation of Institute communications (including crisis communications), marketing and branding, and engagement strategy
  • Supports the Executive Director and Irving Institute leadership with high-level communications strategy
  • Leads the Irving Institute’s relationship with external communications consulting firms
  • Leads the Institute’s communications of its strategic impact in the form of annual reports, fundraising and development, executive board presentations, budget narratives, internal and external communications, public relations, etc.
  • Provides leadership and day-to-day oversight of the Irving Institute’s high-performing communications team, including management of independent contractors and vendor contracted scopes of work
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Media and Public Relations
  • In collaboration with the Irving Institute Directors and Dartmouth Communications, leads the development and stewardship of the Institute’s communications priorities through media, digital platforms, publications, and public relations strategies
  • Develops strong and ongoing relationships with energy, climate, and sustainability reporters and national and global media outlets, while keeping abreast of developments in new media platforms and opportunities
  • Collaborates with Dartmouth Communications and other key campus partners on communications planning related to campus energy, climate, and sustainability issues
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Stakeholder Engagement
  • Works with Dartmouth energy- and climate-focused stakeholders (i.e., researchers and faculty, students, industry, and alumni) to amplify their work and impact in the public space
  • Expands and sustains excellent collaborative partnerships with Dartmouth Communications and other campus communications colleagues
  • Fosters and sustains robust strategic relationships with Dartmouth senior leadership, schools, divisions, and centers/institutes
  • Expands and sustains strategic relationships with local and regional partners in energy, climate, and society (i.e., municipal, industry, nonprofit)
  • Supports the Irving Institute Advisory Board and Dartmouth energy and climate alumni engagement and stewardship
  • Identifies opportunities for education and training to enhance communications as a skillset or career pathway for students, staff and faculty
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Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.


Performs other duties as assigned.
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  2. Resume
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