The Executive Vice Chancellor for Civic Affairs and Strategic Planning (EVC CASP) is charged with overseeing the universityâ™s efforts to be âœin St. Louis and for St. Louis,â one of the pillars of the universityâ™s upcoming strategic plan. The hallmark of these efforts will be the St. Louis Commitment (âœCommitmentâ), 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 universityâ™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 universityâ™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.Â Â
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.
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.
$75,400.00 - $132,800.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an 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.
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