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Publication or Company Pepperdine University
Job Title Director of Communications
Industry Internet/Online/New Media, Magazine Publishing, Marketing, Non-profit, Public Relations, Social Media, Teaching/Academia
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Malibu, CA
Job Requirements Master's degree and Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, or related field required; 5+ years of experience in an integrated communications, media, or PR environment with on-camera experience required; 5 years of experience leading print & digital spaces including websites, social media, blogs, interactive content, or other online platforms required; experience in higher education required; on-camera experience aligning communications to support lead generation and conversion in the areas of recruitment, fund-raising, and third-party endorsement required; 3+ years of experience in leading teams and/or managing and developing staff to achieve desired results preferred; demonstrated success developing, implementing, & measuring proactive PR & crisis communications programs across print, web, broadcast & social required; exceptional written and verbal communication skills required; ability to develop and execute multi-platform communications strategies required; strong project management skills required; strong collaborator with demonstrated experience in successfully working with peers and leadership required; demonstrated success at working under deadlines with tight time frames; required; professional appearance and demeanor required; demonstrated experience developing plans to identify and mitigate potential enterprise reputation risks required; understanding of key trends and issues facing Los Angeles required; comprehensive awareness and interest in new trends, platforms, and technologies for the emerging digital landscape required; membership in professional associations preferred; familiarity with a personal computer required; experience with Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Social Media Analytic Software and Media Analytic software required; knowledge of Project Management Software, Adobe Creative Suite, and Apple Keynote required.
About Our Company The Director of Communications develops, executes, and assesses Pepperdine's central communications efforts, including editorial, media, crisis, social, and community outreach, in a manner that supports and elevates the Pepperdine brand, builds reputation, and strengthens affinity.

DUTIES: Develop strategy, direction, coordination, and assessment for communications initiatives; oversee the Communications Team priorities and staff; develop and implement an image-building public and media relations program aimed at achieving maximum exposure, awareness, and understanding of Pepperdine's mission; manage and execute crisis communications and related policies, procedures, and best practices; serve as university spokesperson; oversee the development, implementation, and assessment of Pepperdine's social media engagement strategy; manage the planning, creation, and publication of Pepperdine's flagship publications; closely monitor communications trends, research, and best practices in higher education and other industries; participate in university and industry committees; uphold the University's mission through work performed; and other duties as assigned.

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.
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