Staff Openings

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

Original Posting Date19-Mar-2015
STARS Requisition number29738BR
DepartmentSch Eng & Applied Science
University Job TitleCommunications Officer
Posting Position TitleDirector, News and Outreach
Bargaining UnitNone
Job CategoryManagerial & Professional
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. Other essential duties include: 
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.
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Principal Responsibilities

1. Manages relationships with external media sources. Pursues media coverage creatively and aggressively. Responds to inquiries from national and international news media, student media, the University community and the general public.
2. Enhances the overall quality of media relations for key stakeholders by preparing them for media interviews. Manages relationships with key campus stakeholders with a high degree of professionalism, judgment and understanding of stakeholder goals.
3. Creates compelling story ideas and narratives; produces content for both external and internal channels; writes copy and social media posts and manages content.
4. Plans social media strategies for key University communications and programs. Monitors University social media assets for negative comments or misinformation.
5. Supports short- and long-term communication planning with insights into audiences, channels and culture; coordinates with other communications professionals to achieve institutional goals; leads the communications process within developed standards and protocols.
6. Supports effective response strategies, often in crisis situations requiring 24/7 attention and intense media/public scrutiny, and articulates the University’s position via personal interviews or written responses.
7. Produces multimedia content and manages the work of graphic and web designers, student interns, printers, video producers and photographers.
8. Manages communication plans for all stakeholders by understanding the significance of campus initiatives and/or academic work; creates compelling stories and messages to translate the significance through language that is clear and accessible for public awareness.
9. Develops and maintains regular contact with media representatives in multiple disciplines.
10. Maintains the Yale brand and graphic identity standards; supports and maintains standard operating procedures; contributes to digital asset management.
11. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and ExperienceBachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications or related field and five years of experience in public relations, journalism, television, corporate communications or agency work or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience in developing communications for a range of media and working with creative professionals in design, photography or video.
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 and two years of experience in scientific writing, public relations, journalism, television, corporate communications or agency work OR a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science and no experience or a combination of education and experience. We will gladly consider candidates with Master’s degree in scientific writing or related 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.

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