Updated: 9/28/15, click or scroll down for position details.
St. John's seeks experienced, collaborative and inspirational fundraising professionals to serve as campus-based vice presidents for development and alumni relations, one each for the college's two campuses, in Annapolis and in Santa Fe. These are exceptional opportunities for high-performing development officers to partner with a visionary leadership team in creating a philanthropic operation of unsurpassed effectiveness—one that enables St. John's to heighten its visibility as a national liberal arts leader. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.
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Role: Under the direction of the President of the Santa Fe campus and a college-wide Strategic Communications officer, the Director of Communications will be responsible for the creation of a state of the art, thoughtful, and strategic program for Communications that leverages the distinctions of St. John’s and its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. A successful communications program will contribute to increased applications to St. John’s’ undergraduate and graduate programs; undergird alumni affinity building efforts and fundraising; raise St. John’s’ profile locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally; and help to place the college at the center of national debate on the value of liberal arts education. The director supervises a staff of three professionals in media and public relations, graphic design, marketing and web development and management. The director will work collegially with key stakeholders including the President, Vice President for Alumni and Development, directors in undergraduate and graduate Admissions, Development, Alumni Relations, and the academic dean, as well as the Director of Communications and the Director of Web Initiatives and Social Media on the college’s Annapolis campus. The director will embrace the culture of St. John’s, which values broad inclusiveness, transparency, and consensus derived therefrom.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: Creates and seizes opportunities to raise visibility and awareness of St. John's College Santa Fe among opinion leaders and other influencers to support student recruitment, philanthropy, and the reputation of the college. Manages, produces, supervises, and coordinates college publications, advertising in external publications, media releases, reports, and electronic communications. Monitors the college’s message and identifies stories for journalists to consider for publication and/or airing with an increased focus on regional and national publications when possible. Manages, produces, and coordinates Santa Fe campus information for the college website and e‑communications schedule for multiple offices. Participates in the college‑wide Website and e‑Communications Committee. Assists the President and Vice President for Alumni and Development in preparing reports and/or proposals for special meetings or events; tracks and summarizes federal, state, and local legislative issues; represents the college before public constituencies – governmental relations, media, and donors – when appropriate; Responsible for the development and management of departmental budgets, goals, objectives, and timelines. Performs related duties as assigned.
Expectations: Demonstrated ability to promote and execute innovative approaches to communications in a higher education environment. Experience with current practices in communications and marketing and with reshaping a communications effort to take advantage of technological advancements, including but not limited to social media. The ability to move an organization to consensus on communications planning while demonstrating decisive leadership and project management. Excellent staff management and budgeting skills. The ability to model and inspire superior efforts in written and visual communications from a small staff, as well as superior collaboration skills across the institution. An enthusiastic and collegial approach to managing in all directions, including, as experience dictates, embracing the role of writer, editor, design and marketing consultant, college spokesperson and public relations principal, and senior advisor to the President and others. The ability to work and produce in a fast‑paced environment.
Supervision Received: President of College.
Supervision Given: Assistant Director of Communications, Webmaster, and Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer.
Status: Exempt, full-time, 35 hours per week.
Knowledge and Skills:
Experience: Ten years of experience in higher education or nonprofit communications. A minimum of five years of supervisory experience.
Education: B.A. degree required. Master's degree desirable.
Interpersonal Skills: Work involves extensive personal contact with internal and external communities; patience and perseverance a must; ability to persuade others while maintaining a commitment to established protocol.
Other Skills: Excellent organizational abilities and written, oral, problem‑solving and interpersonal communication skills are necessary. Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and independently. Excellent time‑management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines and perform under deadline pressure. Three to five years supervisory experience in public relations and experience in higher education preferred. Attendance at college events and some travel is required.
TO APPLY: Send resume, letter of intent, salary history and names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resume packets will be accepted until interviews begin.
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