Director of Communications, Student Affairs

University of California, Berkeley
Oct 26, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
Human Resources
Full Time
Director of Communications, Student Affairs
Main Campus-Berkeley

The Director of Communications for Student Affairs is the top communications officer in the division and a liaison with other campus communications experts directing and/or overseeing a wide range of communications and marketing activities for both internal and external audiences. He/she reports directly to the Chief of Staff and is a member of the Student Affairs leadership team.  This position provides functional leadership and direct communications support for the Student Affairs executive management team and oversees all unit-based communications and marketing activities and personnel, through a dotted-line reporting structure.  It has two principal areas of focus, one internal and one external:

1. Build deep organizational understanding and support for the campus and Student Affairs mission, objectives, strategic priorities and dynamic change requirements among internal audiences and

2. Provide active leadership, strategic direction, planning and coordination for all communication to Student Affairs audiences to ensure a high level of cohesion, alignment and collective impact on target audiences.

•Bachelor’s degree or higher in communications, marketing, journalism or closely related field
•Minimum of 10 years of experience in professional communication roles.  Minimum of 8 years of experience in a communication management role.  Work history in higher education or equally complex and demanding organizational environment. 
•Expert knowledge of all aspects of news, contemporary and traditional media communications, practices and media relations.  Exceptional writing and editing skills. Experience writing for senior executives.  Solid working knowledge of web and video communication.
•Demonstrated ability to translate organizational priorities into structured, strategically aligned plans with objectives, strategies, tactics, timelines, resources, metrics, etc.  Comfort with conceptual thinking and scenario planning. Ability to operate and provide thoughtful counsel at the highest level of the organization.  Intellectual curiosity. Proven ability to think creatively and propose bold ideas. Ability to manage competing demands and interests and maintain focus.
•Exceptional listening skills; ability to separate noise from substance.  Exceptional verbal communication skills and personal presence.  Ability to synthesize disparate inputs, ideas and suggestions and forge consensus.  Strong interpersonal skills, ability to make people feel valued and motivated while accomplishing difficult tasks.   Flexibility in the face of rapid change.   Willingness to share credit and accept blame on behalf of team.  Ability to set and adhere to priorities, delegate, manage time and resources, monitor organizational productivity, and make real-time adjustments as needed to ensure best results.
•Expert judgment, analytical and decision-making skills and keen political acumen. Ability to think quickly and appropriately to effectively address potentially negative, sensitive or difficult situations.  Expert skill in problem recognition, avoidance and resolution.  Maintains confidentiality.
•Exceptional work ethic, initiative and personal habits that set example for team.  Ability to lead and act thoughtfully but decisively.  Strong personal integrity and sense of fairness/ethics.
•Experience in or solid knowledge of California public university system (preferred).
•Knowledge of the campus and Student Affairs mission, vision, goals and infrastructure, and relevant issues and concerns (preferred).
•Substantive experience with departmental supervision or dotted line responsibilities for large scale organizational teams. (preferred)
•Agency Communications experience. (preferred)
•Advanced degree or certification in communication. (preferred)

Salary: The salary range for this position is $80,100 - $118,900. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

First Review Date: November 9, 2012 . This requisition will remain open until filled.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying through click on ‘Job Listings’ followed by ‘External Applicants’, and then search for job number 14829

Additional Information: This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

The University of California, Berkeley is one of the world's leading universities in research, teaching, and public service. The campus employs 2,028 faculty and over 14,000 staff in more than 130 academic departments and interdepartmental groups, libraries, museums and more than 65 interdisciplinary research units contribute to this dynamic and vital research and teaching environment.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer a diverse working environment, competitive salaries, and comprehensive benefits.


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