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Director of Communications Office of Communications and Marketing

Knoxville, TN

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Description Position Summary: The director of communications develops, executes, and managescommunications programs for UT System administration; provides public relationscounsel to senior leadership; develops communication strategies for andcoordinates communication activity related to UT Presidentu2019s office, forPresident and executive team, Board of Trustees and other system entities orinitiatives; manages and ensures compliance with all public information, publiccommunication, public records and open meetings requirements for UT Systemadministration; and coordinates communication between UT System and allcampuses and enterprises as needed. The position reports to the Associate Vice President for Communicationsand Marketing, which reports to the Executive Vice President and ChiefOperating Officer. Duties: u00b7Work collaboratively with Office of Communications andMarketing team to develop and implement communication strategy andcommunications with potential to critically impact external and internal perceptions of the university systemstatewide and beyond. u00b7Advise and counsel senior leadership in PR / communication /event policymaking for the University. u00b7Develop / collaborate or manage communication plans/supportfor major initiatives or events. u00b7Evaluate communication plans/approaches,post-implementation, for reporting out as needed and to determine effectivenessor areas for future improvement. u00b7Identify and implement opportunities to integrate key messagesinto varied forms of communication across multiple platforms. u00b7Support communication by the president, administration andboard through assistance in development of speeches, talking points,presentations, backgrounders, briefing documents, and issue research. u00b7Serve as official spokesperson and public informationofficer for UT System Administration with local, state and national media. u00b7Manage responses to media inquiries, statements/officialpositions, requests for interviews with System officials/UT trustees. u00b7Manage responses to public record requests to ensure legaland University protocols are followed and appropriate University personnel madeaware of potential follow-up inquiry or information distribution. u00b7Oversee (as executive editor) Tennessee Alumnus magazine,including visual and written content and design in print and online. u00b7Oversee administration of UT System social media accounts. u00b7The position currently supervises two full-time positionsand works closely with the creative services team. Qualifications Candidate must possess a bacheloru2019s degree in communications or relatedfield.Ten years of progressive experiencein communications or journalism.Experienceas a media spokesperson. Masteru2019s degree preferred.Experience in higher education, agency orcorporate setting preferred. Supervisory experience preferred. Job Skills: Well-organized, self-starter Effective communicator u2013orally and in writing Strong writing and editingskills Strong media relationsbackground Ability to work independentlyand collaboratively Ability to multi-task andprioritize multiple projects in fast-paced environment. Attention to detail,punctuality, deadlines and a strong work ethic. Discretion and sound judgmentin handling sensitive information Ability to work in a teamenvironment Job Executive/AdministrativeCampus/InstituteKnoxville Job Posting Jul 13, 2018, 7:25:17 AM EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), ADEA (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, tele**** (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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