Director, Research Communications - Marketing and Communications
Carnegie Mellon University
October 7, 2018
Director, Research Communications - Marketing and Communications-2010747
Carnegie Mellon University is a private, global research university that challenges the curious and passionate to deliver work that matters. Our world-class institution has distinctive areas of excellence and a culture marked by ambition and a deep, practical engagement with challenges facing society. We continue to produce talented alumni and draw faculty and staff eager to be a part of the university's creative, dedicated and close-knit community. We place emphasis on practical problem solving, interdisciplinary learning, an entrepreneurial spirit, and collaboration.
The Marketing and Communication Division is searching for a Director of Research Communications. This is an exciting opportunity if you thrive in an interesting and challenging work environment. In this new position, you will report to the Sr. Director of News and Media Relations, and develop and lead the strategy around research and economic development communications activities in alignment with CMU's research priorities.
Core responsibilities will include:
In coordination with the campus Vice President of Research, develop communications and marketing strategy to raise the visibility of the CMU research enterprise;
Craft and promote research news through proper channel and platforms;
Direct and implement research news and outreach strategies to support the university's research and economic development initiatives;
Oversee website content for research news;
Organize and supervise research communications staff and freelancers;
Supervise a three-person research marketing and communications team;
Support corporate and foundation relation communication activities;
Develop and maintain relationships with sponsor organizations and unit/research communicators;
Coordinate and collaborate with the senior director of news and media relations on the innovative use of social media, media relations and storytelling;
Newsroom and campaign style planning to ensure long-term success of message penetration;
Work closely with Associate Vice President of Content and Communications and senior staff to shape key communications planning and the most effective communications team, and to ensure consistent messaging across channels; and
Collaborate across the university with college and school communicators to ensure correct positioning of the research community.
Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the Marketing and Communication Division. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a dynamic population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
You will demonstrate:
Experience in writing essential communications & marketing plans;
Deep understanding of content and content marketing;
Science, research and technology writing experience and the ability to make complex material easily digestible to a variety of audiences;
Strong writer and editor/ability to write for different audiences utilizing different forms of storytelling;
Work independently and effectively, and manage multiple projects at a time in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
A high level of integrity, trustworthiness, respect and team collaboration; and
Research skills and business insight with a fluency in topical news and culture.
Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, business, or other relevant field; Master's highly desired.
Minimum of eight years as a leader in multi-channel content creation.
Management experience required; ability to lead and inspire a campus of content creators and creative personnel to achieve goals.
Ability to work after hours and on weekends when appropriate.
Internal Number: 2010747
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.