Vanderbilt University Associate Director, Provost Communications in Nashville, Tennessee
The Associate Director, Provost Communications is a member of the Strategic Communications team within Communications and Marketing at Vanderbilt University. Working closely with the Provost and her team and with the vice provosts and their communications staff, this role will design and implement an overarching and data-driven communications strategy and approach for the Office of the Provost and is responsible for developing and directing priority communications projects for Vanderbilt’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, related to research, academic affairs, faculty affairs, admissions and career advancement. This role will lead communications strategy, planning and reporting for the Office of the Provost with responsibilities to include message development, email newsletter distribution, and oversight of the Office of the Provost social media accounts. The position also will provide strategic input and direction on communications outreach to the Vanderbilt community on behalf of the Office of the Provost, such as messages to all students, faculty and/or academic affairs staff. Reporting directly to the Communications Strategy Director, this position has supervisory responsibility for one employee, a Communications Coordinator.
The Strategic Communications team within Communications and Marketing designs and executes integrated plans to protect and enhance Vanderbilt’s local, national and international reputation, and positions the university as one of the world’s leading academic research institutions through the distribution of compelling content across a variety of digital and traditional channels. We are a team of collaborative, imaginative, curious and mission-driven communicators who are solution-oriented, striving to continuously improve processes and elevate engagement.
Vanderbilt University Communications and Marketing is a dynamic and collaborative group that develops and executes strategies that inform, engage and inspire others to participate in Vanderbilt’s global academic and research mission.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and direct communications strategy and vision for the Office of the Provost in alignment with the university’s mission, values and institutional priorities.
Lead the relationship with the provost, vice provosts and Office of the Provost staff to identify communications priorities for each semester;
With support from Communications and Marketing team members, advise on local and national external communications opportunities for Office of the Provost programs and priorities.
Gather news and information from Office of the Provost staff, vice provost offices and across the university, city, state, and country to manage development of timely and compelling content for provost speeches, social media channels, internal emails, newsletters and the provost web site.
Provide strategic communications insight on Office of the Provost events and external positioning opportunities.
Collaborate with the editorial strategies team to draft key messages and talking points for provost speaking opportunities.
Collaborate with the visual media (video, photography) team to schedule and produce compelling visual assets that amplify the Office of the Provost’s key messages and communications goals.
Collaborate with the marketing team on graphic design, web content, email distribution and media resources as needed.
Collaborate with the social media team to manage the social media accounts for the Office of the Provost.
Analyze key communications metrics to create after-action reports on key campaigns, events and outreach.
Communicate and collaborate respectfully with a wide range of audiences—including faculty, staff, students, leadership, alumni, suppliers and agencies.
Demonstrate understanding of the university’s mission, values and priorities and an ability to ensure that all are considered in executing communications plans.
Adhere to confidentiality and business ethics; demonstrate outstanding judgment and discretion.
Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
A bachelor’s degree is required.
A degree in communications, journalism, marketing, business or related field is preferred.
At least 8 years of experience in public relations, executive communications, content management, journalism or related field is required.
Experience or knowledge of social media and web content development is preferred.
Experience with project management tools such as Trello and Box is preferred.
Experience with publishing tools such as Wordpress, Salesforce Marketing Cloud, and MyEmma is preferred.
Ability to think strategically to manage multiple tasks/projects with changing priorities and strict deadlines in a rapidly changing environment is necessary.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.