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Director of Communications and PR/Special Assistant to the President Job Description

Job Summary  

The Director of Communications & Public Relations/Special Assistant to the President reports to the President and is responsible for providing effective, timely public relations as well as managing and executing both internal and external communications emanating from the Office of the President and representing the President’s Office on communications from other related offices of the College. The Director will manage crisis communications, serve as official liaison to external media representing the college, and provide media and messaging counsel within the College as needed.  This position is a full-time management position. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities 

  • Create, manage, present, and execute a comprehensive communications plan for all major College undertakings including change initiatives, crisis communications, presidential messaging and other important outreach efforts. 
  • Lead and coordinate all internal communication efforts (in collaboration with team members from Advancement, Enrollment Management and Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and Administration and the Office of the Provost). 
  • Lead efforts to increase the presence of Cambridge College, its faculty, students, alums, and events/conferences in external media-locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 
  • Manage press events in support of college activities and events from the Office of the President. 
  • Seek out newsworthy stories about faculty, students and alums and develop and launch stories to appropriate media for publication. 
  • Collect, maintain & provide constant pride points to the Cambridge community including faculty, staff, students, Advancement, Executive Leadership, marketing colleagues and deliver content for the website.
  • Manage external vendors related to public relations and communications activities
  • Advise and assist the Executive Leadership Council, when necessary, on communications matters.
  • Manage preparation, production and dissemination of publications related to public information and public relations such as the College magazine.
  • Assist with producing presentations, speeches, press releases, op-ed pieces, and articles to advance public awareness of the College. 
  • Support internal communications including development and implementation of regular and ad hoc vehicles for information dissemination and sharing. 
  • Collaborate with Marketing and support website content. 
  • Manage database of media contacts. 
  • Manage College events for the Office of the President. 
  • Manage and support a diverse array of special projects from the Office of the President. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Education & Experience Required  

Qualifications:  Master’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field; Five to ten years of progressively responsible experience in public relations/communications field at varied levels.  Demonstrated experience working strategically with the web.  Prior experience in higher education preferred.      

Skills & Knowledge Required  

Demonstrated ability to advise and interact comfortably with individuals at all levels of the organization. Exceptional oral and written communications skills.  Experience in managing sophisticated messaging including crisis situations. Ability to manage stress and work under pressure while multitasking under deadlines.  Ability to follow directions and complete tasks accurately and accept supervisory input and constructive feedback.  This position will require an individual that understands the mission of the College and our dedication to providing quality education to our students with a high level of service. 

Physical Effort Required

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk, hear, and effectively communicate with others in person and in writing. The employee is required to be mobile. The employee must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to see others and read documents.  This job requires the employee to spend lengthy periods of time performing computer assisted work. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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