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Assistant Director of Communication and Internal Affairs

Employer
Hiram College
Location
Ohio, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 24, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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Hiram College invites applicants to apply for the position of Assistant Director of Communication and Internal Affairs in the Office of Strategic Marketing and Media Relations.

Founded in 1850, Hiram College provides students of all backgrounds an attainable private education that teaches the 21st-century skills needed to thrive professionally and personally in the face of inevitable and constant change. Built on a community that fosters student-faculty collaboration, the College equips all students with the tools necessary to embrace active learning in the classroom, in Ohio, and beyond through technology, internship, study away, research, and other experiential opportunities for growth and development. Recognized by Colleges of Distinction, The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, and as a top baccalaureate college by Washington Monthly, Hiram enrolls over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs on its Northeast Ohio campus and through Online@Hiram.

Hiram College is committed to building an inclusive and vibrant educational environment and the student population is diverse in many ways, including economic background, ethnic heritage, and educational interests.

The Assistant Director of Communication and Internal Affairs is the communications representative for Hiram College, reporting directly to the Director of Strategic Marketing and Media Relations but also working with the President or other members of the Cabinet. The staff member in this position acts in a variety of roles (content writer, project manager, proofreader, or copy editor as appropriate) on a wide range of communication needs for the College. These communication needs could include messages to internal constituencies, features or news articles, the college magazine, emergency communications, and remarks for campus events.

The Assistant Director of Communication and Internal Affairs is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the drafting, editing, and distribution of Hiram College communications occur in a timely, consistent, and effective manner. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following*:

College Communications
• Act as writer and editor on a variety of communication projects intended for faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees, or other members of the Hiram community
• Oversee an internal communication plan for the College; plan and draft internal news and interest articles to showcase Hiram community members, events, programs, experiences, and other aspects of the College
• Assist as writer or editor for key strategic and/or operational documents for the campus community, in conjunction with the appropriate constituents, to ensure professionally written and formatted documents
• Monitor regional and national media, social media, and other external communication venues to understand audiences’ current perception of Hiram College
• Assist marketing staff with large-scale projects to attract prospective students and families, and engage alumni, donors, and community members.
• Assist with special projects as identified by the Director of Strategic Marketing and Media Relations and college leadership
• Participate in the creation of the Hiram College Magazine in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations and Development
• Develop procedures for communication to constituent groups; work with all direct parties to ensure procedures are followed
• Maintain and update as needed the Hiram College Style Guide for official communication from the College

Leadership Communications
• Develop talking points or draft spoken remarks for campus events
• Ghostwrite messages for print or electronic communication from Hiram College leadership to constituent groups

Crisis Communications
• Serve on the Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT)
• Draft communications regarding urgent campus events and issues; work with the Director of Strategic Marketing and Media Relations, President and Cabinet on emergency communication plans
• Act as an advisor to the President, in consultation with the Director of Strategic Marketing and Media Relations, on urgent communication issues
• Maintain and update procedures for emergency communication

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in English, communication, writing, journalism, or related field; Master’s degree preferred
• Minimum of three-five years of experience working in communication and project management
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to adapt to varying communication styles while maintaining an overall college style
• Excellent computer skills with expertise in writing software, including Microsoft Word, Pages, and Google Docs
• Understanding of automated email marketing tools
• Demonstrated comfort with senior administrators and collaborative writing projects
• Ability to work independently with a sense of initiative and confidentiality
• Attention to detail
• Willingness to receive constructive criticism and ability to offer it during collaborative writing projects
• Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize tasks
• Ability to work under deadline
• Ability to maintain confidentiality on sensitive matters

Application Process

Apply directly through the College website at http://hiram.edu/careers-at-hiram/

 

Please include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with their names, email addresses, and phone numbers. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

Hiram College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to Excellence through Diversity!

 

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