Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Civic Affairs and Strategic Planning. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Executive Vice Chancellor for Civic Affairs and Strategic Planning (EVC CASP) is charged with overseeing the university’s efforts to be “in St. Louis and for St. Louis,” one of the pillars of the university’s upcoming strategic plan. The hallmark of these efforts will be the St. Louis Commitment (“Commitment”), a coordinated set of programs and initiatives that advance the St. Louis region while strengthening the university in its missions of teaching, research, and patient care. The Commitment will focus on a small set of core programs that are large in scope, are mutually beneficial, build on institutional strengths, and have long-term benefits to the St. Louis community. The details of the Commitment will be identified during the university’s current strategic planning process; the strategic plan is scheduled to be finalized in Spring 2022.
The Senior Director of Strategic Communications (SDSC) will lead the process of developing, implementing, and managing strategic communications and assessing the progress of the major initiatives that make up the Commitment. In partnership with the EVC CASP, other staff in the office, and colleagues from around the university, the SDSC will ensure that external partners and their constituencies are aware of and benefit from the Commitment and other community-facing university initiatives. The SDSC will help the university improve internal coordination, communication, and understanding of its community-facing work, starting with the Commitment and broadening to other efforts over time. Additionally, during the next 12 months, the SDSC will contribute to the development of the Commitment.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop the overall strategic communications efforts for the St. Louis Commitment, and lead its planning and implementation. In partnership with the Office of Marketing and Communications (OMC), develop core messaging strategy for the Commitment. Partner with OMC and departments that oversee Commitment initiatives to coordinate and align communications efforts related to the Commitment and community-facing work throughout the university.
Support external stakeholder engagement efforts for the St. Louis Commitment. Develop and maintain a stakeholder map, and use that resource to design and implement a strategy for engaging external stakeholders on the St. Louis Commitment.
Maintain relationships with schools, departments, and units within the university that are responsible for implementing initiatives within the St. Louis Commitment. Maintain a deep understanding of those initiatives and define the strategic plan for the integration and coordination of those initiatives under the Commitment. Partner with internal colleagues to ensure key community constituencies are aware of and benefit from the Commitment.
Design, launch, and manage an advisory board of community partners and constituencies to inform ongoing implementation of the St. Louis Commitment. In collaboration with EVC CASP and others, plan and execute advisory board meetings and outreach to individual advisory board members.
Partner with project coordinator for the St. Louis Commitment and other staff within the Office of the EVC CASP to track, report, and coordinate the initiatives under the Commitment (short-term) and the university’s community-facing work (long-term).
Advise EVC CASP on Commitment-related initiatives. Represent the Office of the EVC CASP internally and externally as necessary.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Please include a cover letter when applying.
At least seven years of related professional experience with a particular focus on any or all of the following: community relations, community-based work, and/or community partnerships; group or project strategy, implementation, and management; strategic communications; corporate social responsibility.
Graduate degree in public policy or administration, social work, urban planning or development, business administration, or a related field.
12+ years of related professional experience with demonstrated expertise in any or all of the following: community relations, community-based work, and/or community partnerships; group or project strategy, implementation, and management; strategic communications; corporate social responsibility.
Experience in a large organization, particularly a college or university, is a plus.
Interpersonal skills, sensitivity to and ability to navigate group and organizational dynamics.
Advanced verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Advanced knowledge of community relations with a particular focus on diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
Ability to communicate complex ideas clearly.
Complex reasoning and critical thinking abilities.
Highly organized and detail-oriented.
Proficient in Microsoft Office; strong working knowledge of digital communication platforms, including CRM solutions.
Ability to design, plan, and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
Ability to work occasional tight time frame for completion of duties due to multiple calls, inquiries and program targets.
The hiring range for this position is $89,750 - $118,450 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.