Staff Openings

Director, News and Outreach - School of Engineering & Applied Science

Original Posting Date10-Apr-2015
STARS Requisition number30244BR
DepartmentSchool of Engineering & Applied Science
University Job TitleCommunications Officer, News and Outreach
Posting Position TitleDirector, News and Outreach
Bargaining UnitNone
Job CategoryManagerial & Professional
Position MP Overtime Eligible?No
Type of EmploymentFull Time
Duration TypeRegular
Salary GradeP5
Work LocationCentral Campus
Worksite AddressDunham Lab
Work WeekStandard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Position Focus:Develops and directs activities that expand the visibility of SEAS and its base of support. The primary function is the timely generation of written content (SEAS website, annual magazine, brochures, letters, speeches, and presentation materials) and cultivation of story leads. Proactively engages faculty and other stakeholders to prepare compelling news and public relations content. A second key function is participation in the stewardship of selected events and programs tied to the School’s stature, visibility and outreach including distinguished lectureships, alumni events, and engineering accreditation. Works closely with SEAS senior leadership and the Director of Communications to accomplish all goals.
Principal Responsibilities
  1. With an understanding of Engineering & Applied Sciences, determine successful strategies for the School's external relations efforts. 
  2. Working closely with SEAS senior leadership and the Director of Communications on content and overall tone of communications and establish production schedules. 
  3. Builds strong relationships with internal Yale contacts including department chairs, faculty, students, collaborators and peers in the sciences. 
  4. Promotes, develops and maintains strong external contacts with alumni groups, community and academic organizations. 
  5. Maintains up to date knowledge of the latest research initiatives and educational trends in Engineering, undergraduate educational opportunities and student activities. Provides benchmarking data to the Dean related to these trends. 
  6. Acts as a liaison with the Office of Public Affairs in providing content about Engineering. Consults on, develops and implements programming that promotes a positive public visibility and awareness of Engineering. 
  7. Designs, plans and publicizes special events such as Dean's Distinguished Lectures, donor site visits, student fairs, strategic symposia and student and alumni outreach programs. 
  8. Works with the Dean and Development staff to manage the SEAS Leadership Council. Designs, plans and executes a wide variety of presentation materials to support this council. 
  9. Serves, on behalf of the Dean, as the School's liaison to individual members of the council. 
  10. Provides support as needed for other SEAS initiatives and programs.
Required Education and ExperienceBachelor's degree and two years of related experience or agency work or a combination of education and experience.
Required Skill/Ability 1:Strong written, editing and oral communication skills; ability to think analytically and articulate ideas in verbal and written communications. Skilled in writing press releases and other communication materials.
Required Skill/Ability 2:Well developed presentation, project management and organizational skills.
Required Skill/Ability 3:Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work with faculty, administrators and external constituencies.
Required Skill/Ability 4:Self-starter, strong work ethic and ability to work both collaboratively and independently in an organized and productive manner.
Required Skill/Ability 5:Proficient computer skills with leading publishing software.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science highly desirable. Experience in scientific writing, public relations, journalism, television, corporate communications or agency work preferred. We will gladly consider candidates with Master’s degree in scientific writing or a related field with little to no experience.
Weekend Hours Required?Occasional
Evening Hours Required?Occasional
Drug ScreenNo
Health ScreeningNo
Background Check RequirementsAll External candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.
Posting DisclaimerThe intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.
Affirmative Action Statement:Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

To apply, visit the Yale Univeristy Human Resources website