Director, Strategic Communications and External Relations

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Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in related field (i.e., journalism, marketing, communications, public relations, etc.) or an equivalent combination of education and related experience. 

  • Three or more years' experience in the design and execution of marketing, communications, constituent relations, strategic communications and/or public relations strategy/activities. 

  • Experience with building and maintaining relationships with external constituents and donors, including developing strategies and implementing best practices. 

  • Experience in interacting with the press and ability to communicate and socialize with all facets of library constituents. 

  • Experience planning and managing communication programs and activities that include design, development, production, dissemination, and budget. 

  • Experience utilizing current and emerging social networking media channels. 

  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library 

  • Ability to articulate and successfully communicate the University’s, Libraries, and your personal commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion in the workplace or community. 

  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English that includes 1-3 years of work experience creating a variety of written communications (newsletters, press releases, marketing announcements, internal communications, web content, etc.) that demonstrate a command of language and grammar, clarity of thought, orderliness of presentation and the ability to write for a specific audience. 

  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including experience or capacity to demonstrate positive interpersonal skills, develop and maintain collaborative working relationships and lead work groups and teams. 

  • Strong organizational skills including experience working in a position that required managing multiple projects and adhering to deadlines. 

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage people and teams. 


Desired Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement effective marketing strategies and objectives. 

  • Experience with leading strategic communications in a higher education institution.  

  • Familiarity with the services and operations of an academic library. 

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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