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Director of Communications at University of California - Riverside

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Type: Full Time
Location: Riverside, California

Job Description:



Full Time
8AM - 5PM
$60,100 - $118,300


Reporting directly to the Dean in support of the initiatives defined by the Dean and Divisional Deans, the incumbent will initiate the development, planning, implementation & evaluation of a communications program for the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). Reaching both internal and external audiences as appropriate, the program ensures wide-spread representation of the College's research, activities and accomplishments. The Director of Communications researches and gathers information to craft communications aimed at reputation enhancement and recognition of important events. As such, s/he works as a liaison with central campus offices including University Communications, University Advancement, Information Technology Services and the office of Governmental & Community Relations to ensure that CNAS accomplishments are incorporated into the larger communication plans. The incumbent must have an interest in leveraging social media. Ability to guide the college through a comprehensive web redesign effort and skills to maintain & bolster a CNAS web presence are also required. The candidate must be hands-on and act as an able advisor to CNAS departments with the skills to write, edit, layout and proof brochures, newsletters and other publications in support of the teaching, research and service missions of the College. Finally, as a coordinator for all types of communications, the Director will represent the college at events and assist event specialist with support & readiness.


Education Requirements


Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.



4 - 7 years of related experience.

Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience

Experience in a wide variety of communication channels.

Experience with organizing and implementing special events.

Experience in directing photographers

Experience in Higher Education

Demonstrated significant experience in developing and implementing a comprehensive web content strategy for responsive (mobile-friendly) devices.


Knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education and/or health sciences.
Knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to the target and/or broad general audiences.
Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
Knowledge and understanding of technical applications to effectively direct technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.
Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.
Knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.
Exceptional writing skills to include article news writing & editing


Expert knowledge of graphic design, speech-writing and creating presentation materials.


In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

* UC Riverside was included in the (August 2018) edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 382 Colleges."

* Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2017) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 institutions. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world's top 500 universities."

* In 2016, UCR was recognized for graduation rate success by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) for achieving near parity across racial-ethnic, socio-economic, and gender boundaries.

* UCR ranks among the Top 15 Public Research Universities in the nation, as identified by the 2017 Washington Monthly.

* In 2017, two separate reports from the Education Trust celebrated UCR as a national leader for African American and Latino student success. UCR was one of just three schools to be named top-performing institutions in both reports and the only California campus recognized among 18 top-performing colleges and universities in the nation for high black student graduation rates.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview


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