Detailed Job Description
The Communications Manager & Special Advisor to the President supports the communications needs of the Office of the President by developing and implementing plans for effective and strategic communications through collaboration and transparency. This position reports to the President and works under the general direction of the Chief Marketing Officer.
Additional Description of Duties:
Conduct research and draft speeches and presentations for the President of the university, working closely with Bentley University's News and Communications team and with the Chief Marketing Officer to ensure brand messaging.
Coordinate with the President's Executive Assistant to ensure proper preparation and advanced planning for the President's speeches and events. Provide necessary planning and on-site support and coordination. Maintain and organize all related materials.
Work closely with Bentley's News and Communications team on media opportunities including providing support and maintenance for platforms such as websites, blogs and the President's social media presence.
Conduct research and draft reports on special studies, projects, and assignments as requested by the President and Chief Marketing Officer.
Research and identify key internal and external initiatives, content (trends, opinions, issues in business and higher educations markets), and internal metrics that support the Bentley strategic plan, the brand, and messaging framework to be used in communications from the President and the Cabinet as part of an overall editorial strategy.
Work collaboratively with the President and the Cabinet, as well as with members of the Bentley community (faculty and staff) to assist in the relationship-building with internal and external constituencies. Facilitate communications between the Office of the President and campus stakeholders and constituent groups.
Attend and/or accompany the President to key meetings and events (e.g. Faculty Senate, campus events, external civic events, etc.).
Be proactive in anticipating and identifying potential opportunities, hurdles or scheduling congestions and manage them effectively in coordination with the President's Executive Assistant.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience working with senior executives on communications, including speech writing and research. Experience in corporate communications, particularly in higher education, government/civic, healthcare or non-profit sector a plus.
This position requires exceptional organizational skills; a keen ability to multi-task, and to exercise initiative and solid decision-making in the face of multiple priorities; a proven track record of successful collaboration with others and for establishing and maintaining credibility in relationships and diverse constituents - staff, faculty, administration and external audiences.
Position requires superb interpersonal, written and oral communications skills, technical (MS Office Suite) and analytical abilities. Excellent judgement and absolute discretion are essential.
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity.