Associate Vice President for Communications - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Associate Vice President for Communications serves as the official spokesperson of the university for media and public inquiries, and is a primary point of contact for local, state, regional and national media; primary point of contact in the event of an emergency or crisis, working directly with the Vice President for Strategic Communications to coordinate internal and external communications. Serves as thought leader and counsels senior staff and other administrative leaders in response to media and public inquiries.

Additional Department Summary:

He/she provides direction and management for the areas of media relations, external communications, internal communications, social media, crisis communications and issues management. This position works with the Vice President for Strategic Communications to support the university's strategic plan and advance the university's mission through the use of internal and external communications; develops communications strategies for legislative efforts. Also, works collaboratively with the Associate Vice President for Marketing and Brand Strategy to align messaging and effectively communicate the university's brand, mission and goals. He/she also serves as a lead member of the university's crisis team.

Required Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; OR Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 10 years of related experience.

Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications:

Experience in the fields of communications and/or media relations. Experience working in a higher education environment. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in written communications. Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary.

Skills and Knowledge:

Experience serving as the official spokesperson for a college, university or other educational entity. Experience directing and managing writers, editors and other content providers. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in written communications. Experience working with boards, legislative bodies and other key influencers. Crisis communications training and experience - Experience managing and responding to public records requests. Experience working in a highly confidential, fast-paced environment with multiple shifting priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

Degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field. Master's degree preferred. At least 7 years of experience in higher education. Non Classified - Grade NA

Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Keyword Phrases

  • Division of Strategic Communications
  • Associate Vice President for Communications
  • The Capstone of Higher Education
  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Public Relations, Marketing & Communications Execs
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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