Senior Director of Communications - Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver Colorado

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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado 80217

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Senior Director of Communications reports to the Associate to the President for Marketing and Communications/Chief of Staff and will play a key role in the planning and implementation of strategic communications to enhance the university’s reputation locally, nationally and internationally. The Senior Director will work closely with the Chief of Staff on public relations planning, messaging, managing the internal and external communications staff consisting of 3 – 4 professionals, and assessing measurable impact of the office’s initiatives.


*Supports the Associate to the President for Marketing and Communications/Chief of Staff in developing effective communication vehicles to tell the MSU Denver story to its wide range of audiences.
*Directs the internal and external communications for MSU Denver that includes the development of C-level communications such as speeches, position papers, legislative communications and other public affairs communication vehicles.
*Works with Associate to the President for Marketing and Communications in development of communications strategies in times of crisis or that pose a significant challenge for the University. Facilitates with senior leaders discussion of communication response in times of crisis. Serves as back-up spokesperson for the University and counsels senior leaders to be effective communicators.
*Works with Director of Marketing to create strategies and content that supports the university’s digital strategies.
*Oversees the development and maintenance of college-wide internal communication strategies that engage, align and inspire faculty, staff and administrators with the MSU Denver vision and mission, while driving a greater understanding of key college priorities and initiatives.
*Directs the Director of Internal Communications in the development of the University’s internal and external communication vehicles, including the daily internal newsletter @ MSU Denver and the President’s Message. This position serves as the senior editor of these publications.
*Directs the Assistant Director of Media Relations in the development and maintenance of a proactive media relations program, ensuring the release of newsworthy information to the media, University community and to the public.
*Serves as Executive Editor for Metropolitan Denver magazine, working with the contract editor and designers, as well as internal staff to develop and execute this three-times-a-year publication.
*Administers contracted services for content development, including the oversight for agency RFP, and the contract processes for vendors, and freelance writers. Performs the negotiation and management of these vendor relationships.
*Directs budget and spending for internal communications and media relations, as well as the University magazine.
*Represents the Chief of Staff at meetings and special committees where appropriate.
*Effectively manages a team of three to four communications professionals, creating an engaging work environment with opportunities for growth.

Required Qualifications

*Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications, Journalism, or Public Relations is required.
*10 years of professional experience in marketing and communications, with five years in a director level or higher position; experience in higher education preferred.
*Broad knowledge of all facets of higher education marketing and communications.
*Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in public relations, public affairs and strategic communications strategy development in higher education or related field.
*Demonstrated experience in speech writing, preparing position papers, legislative testimony, legislative alerts and fact sheets.
*Ability to manage an internal communications program that informs and inspires.
*Outstanding project management skills; demonstrated ability to manage projects from inception through execution.
*Ability to responsibly and creatively manage a budget.
*Success in managing, supporting and motivating staff.
*Proven ability to bring the institution’s strategic priorities to daily work and decision making.
*Excellent writing and editing skills, with proven writing experience for myriad audiences in broadcast, print, web, and social media.
*Proven ability to multi-task, balance multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines.
*Working knowledge of the latest new and social media best practices, search engine optimization, search engine marketing branding and market research techniques and practices.
*Familiarity and comfort in a highly collaborative work environment.

Preferred Qualifications

*Master’s Degree in Business, Communication, Journalism, or Public Affairs.
*Five years or more working in a higher education communications office.
*Three years or more experience in speech-writing for a President or CEO.
*Five years of supervising a highly motivated staff.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Important: in order to be considered you MUST apply through the online application system at Be prepared to attach a cover letter, resume, a list of three professional references with contact information AND a writing sample (four separate attachments). Official Transcripts will be required within 30 days of hire.

Keyword Phrases

  • College Communications
  • Senior Director of Communications
  • Diverse institution
  • Urban environment
  • Comprehensive college offering bachelors & masters
  • Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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