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Director, Public Affairs & President's Office Communications - Archive
Public and Government Affairs

Posting: 13073
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-06-16

Closes: Open until filled; application review begins April 2, 2013

Salary: $60,000 to $85,000

Public & Government Affairs and the Office of the President invite applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Director of Public Affairs and President’s Office Communications.  This position is responsible for providing executive communications support to the president of the university and for developing and managing comprehensive communications activities for the Office of the President with internal and external constituencies.  The person in this position must work effectively with university leadership, faculty, staff, and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

Principal Responsibilities for the Director of Public Affairs & President’s Office Communications include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide executive communications support and proactive and strategic communications counsel to the university president.  Communications support is coordinated with the President’s office staff, Office of Public & Government Affairs, and Office of Strategic Communications.
  • Preparation of remarks, speeches, testimony, periodic alumni and campus messages, presentations, and collateral material.
  • Production of written and visual materials for publication, presentation, and websites.
  • Maintain the website for the Office of the President site, including strategic direction, development of content, and coordination with related sites and with the Office of Public & Government Affairs/Office of Government and Community Relations.
  • Oversight and support for graphic design needs, including but not limited to: presentation materials, charts, graphs, illustrations, large format graphics and other materials as needed. 
  • Development and implementation of strategic plans for internal and external communications activities for the president and the Office of the President.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Office of the President, Office of Strategic Communications, and Office of Public & Government Affairs.
  • Manage and coordinate special projects as directed.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Three years' experience in executive communications support, public relations, communications, public affairs, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to assimilate complex information into formats and communications solutions easily understood by various audiences.
  • Proven writing ability for a variety of media, audiences, and contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, set appropriate work priorities, and require minimal supervision over regular work activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide communications support, including preparation of remarks and presentation materials, for an executive or institutional leader.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in strategically producing, managing, and writing for oral, print, and digital communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt tone and voice to reach intended audiences.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of stakeholders across the organizational structure.
  • Experience in crisis communications.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tight deadlines.
  • Experience in a higher education setting.
  • Advanced degree.
  • Experience with content management systems or basic html.

Application Procedures:

To assure full consideration, applications should be received by April 2, 2013.  This search will remain open until filled.

Please submit the following documents in this order:

  • A cover letter that directly addresses how candidate’s experiences and skill sets match the duties and responsibilities of the position;
  • A detailed resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Three written samples, including at least one speech, that represent the candidate’s ability to translate complex information into an engaging, non-technical format, and the ability to adjust messaging to a particular audience; and
  • Responses to the following supplemental questions:

1.         Describe your experience communicating complex information to a variety of audiences.

2.         Describe your approach to situations where you are expected to provide advice and counsel to senior leaders.

3.         Describe your experience in developing strategic communication plans and solutions across media and audiences, especially requiring collaboration from multiple parties.

4.         Describe your experience promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent be sent via email as one single PDF or Word document (in the order noted above) to Elizabeth Weber at ursearch1@uoregon.edu.  Please include “Search #13073” in the subject line.

Paper applications can be sent to:

Elizabeth Weber
University Relations
Public Affairs Search
1270 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403

This search will remain open until filled.  Review of applications will begin April 2, 2013. 

The UO is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity.