Director of CAHNRS Communications - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Director of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Communications unit brings strategic and visionary leadership to the planning and execution of all aspects of communications to enhance the reputation of CAHNRS locally (including internal communications), nationally, and internationally. The Director is the Chief Communications Officer for CAHNRS and is responsible for marketing, communication, and dissemination of critical information emanating from Washington State University’s largest college, which includes 15 academic departments, four Research and Extension Centers, 39 Extension county offices, and one tribal Extension office. Key recipients of communications include members of large and small agricultural groups, Extension clientele, state and federal agency personnel, students, alumni, and donors.

CAHNRS Communications is a dynamic, 15-member team specializing in content creation, editing, and design delivered using multiple platforms including web, print, social and video media. The unit provides comprehensive communications services under the direction of CAHNRS leadership and in consultation with faculty and staff clientele within the College. Communications assists the three major functions of CAHNRS – Research, Extension, and Academic Programs – in achieving their missions of discovery, translation, and transformational student experiences.

CAHNRS Communications recently embarked on a number of new initiatives, including development and content migration to a robust and dynamic web platform (WordPress) to promote college programs and deliver content to clientele; developing a web-first model for Extension publications dissemination; process improvement steps including job tracking and outsourcing certain functions; developing technology training opportunities; and internally reorganizing into three functional tracks (Writing and Editing; Web Development; Creative Design). The incumbent will be responsible for assessing these efforts and continuing those that enhance CAHNRS’ profile and capacity to efficiently and effectively communicate our messages.

Required Qualifications

Positions require a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and six (6) years of progressively responsible relevant experience, which has included at least three (3) years of managerial experience. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Education and experience can be tailored to fit the specific organizational entity/directorial assignment.

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree in a relevant field.
• Background in media and/or public information industries.
• Experience as a spokesperson for a large organization.
• Experience with web and publishing.
• Knowledge of issues within higher education.
• Experience with or working in higher education.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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