Associate Director for Communications and Public Relations - Miami University in Oxford Ohio

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Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

United States


Detailed Job Description

Job ID: 1361

Nationally recognized Scripps Gerontology Center of Excellence seeks an Associate Director for Communications and Public Relations to support the activities of the Center through communications and public relations activities. This position works collaboratively with staff, the Center operations team, the University Communications office, gerontology faculty, and students. The mission of the Scripps Gerontology Center is to do work that makes a positive difference in the lives of aging individuals, their families and communities, and to meet the needs of aging societies. We accomplish this mission through excellence in research, education, and service.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Leadership for the communications of the Center
    • Communicate the mission of the Scripps Gerontology Center as well as the Center’s history, vision, programs, goals and needs.
    • Supervise the staff who support communication and public relation activities.
    • Implement communications activities as defined by Scripps strategic plan
    • Review and update a strategic plan for the expanded and integrated use of technology and social media such as Facebook, blogs, YouTube, videos, electronic newsletters, etc.
  • Liaison with internal and external media outlets
    • Develop and submit news releases to University Communications or communicate directly with external media outlets.
    • Work in collaboration with staff at University Communications as needed and appropriate.
  • Oversight of website effectiveness and improvements
    • Oversee and update the Center's website so that it is comprehensive, engaging, accurate and current.
  • Public Relations
    • Develop public relations materials.
    • Produce annual reports and newsletters.
    • Develop and oversee production of promotional materials such as brochures, flyers, advertisements, booklets, displays, invitations, PowerPoint presentations, videos, and photos.
  • Support research dissemination
    • Work with principal investigators and the Director of Research to implement dissemination strategies.
    • Design and edit Scripps reports and Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project reports.
  • Plan and implement public events, including endowed lectures and receptions
    • Develop an annual plan for awardees, lectures, and receptions
    • Convene planning committees and oversee logistics.
    • Create pre- and post- event publicity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in strategic communication or a related field.
  • Minimum of 1 to 3 years’ experience in communications and/or public relations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively.
  • Excellent communication skills and superior writing and editing skills; applicants who are interviewed will be asked to provide a portfolio of materials, both print and electronic.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, to work autonomously and to meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in at least one software system for publication production (e.g., Adobe Photoshop or InDesign). Ability to learn other products as necessary.
  • Skills and experience in social media and website management. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced training or education in strategic communications, public relations, or communications platforms.
  • Ability to articulate subject matter knowledge related to gerontology research and education.
  • Knowledge or experience with public relations in higher education or similar setting.

Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Keyword Phrases

  • Scripps Foundation
  • #1 Nationally for best teaching
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Inclusive, equitable working environment
  • Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
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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