University of Utah

Assoc Dir, PR/Communications

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84193


Open Date 06/10/2024

Requisition Number PRN38822B

Job Title Assoc Dir, PR/Communications

Working Title Assoc Dir, PR/Communications

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and other hours as needed

VP Area President

Department 00339 - Marketing & Communications

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $80,000 to $110,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Works with the communications director and senior members of the communications department in developing and overseeing a strategy to raise the University of Utah’s profile and build its reputation as a top 10 public institution of higher education. The associate director will serve as part of the University of Utah’s Communications and Marketing team, producing strategic, dynamic editorial content on the teaching, research and service missions of the university. The associate director will also coordinate the work of others, in and outside the UMC team, aligning their efforts for a comprehensive regional and national communication strategy. Finally, the associate director will manage media relations and regularly serve as the institution’s spokesperson.


Produces internal communications, news releases and other editorial content for publication in print and online, supporting the strategic marketing and communications goals of the university in media outreach, social media and web priorities.

Develops story ideas, and assists other university communications staff in evaluating tips, prepares and distributes news releases and writes for internal campus audiences, the community and media representatives.

Assists with editing of university publications.

Conducts interviews with faculty and university leaders from various fields.

Collaborates skillfully with colleagues in order to determine editorial content.

Develops and fosters productive relationships with members of the media.

Demonstrates progressive expertise and knowledge of regional and national media, media trends and emerging technologies and platforms.

Demonstrates leadership or managerial experience in public relations, communications/journalism or education.

Regularly serves as university spokesperson.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communication or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required.

This position is not responsible for providing patient care.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Administration, or related area preferred.

Master’s degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Administration, or related area preferred.

Has experience engaging journalists and other relevant audiences through social and other nontraditional media networks.

Experience managing small teams of writers, photographers, designers, and other communication professionals is a plus.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please submit three writing samples, options would include—press release, news story, blog post and/or PowerPoint presentation.

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at: https://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/

Online reports may be submitted at oeo.utah.edu

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