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Associate Director, Executive Communications (5887U), Haas School of Business 17366
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 27, 2021
Title Associate Director, Executive Communications (5887U), Haas School of Business 17366
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Communications/Public Relations

Associate Director, Executive Communications (5887U), Haas School of Business 17366

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

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We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business offers a unique opportunity to champion new ideas, collaborate across boundaries, and continually learn in a workplace committed to increasing diversity and creating a welcoming environment for all. Our distinctive culture is captured within our four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. These principles distinguish Berkeley Haas as a unique environment, conducive to teamwork, collaboration, and career growth.

For more information about the Haas School of Business visit:

  • Manages complex comprehensive communications programs, including written, visual, and electronic communications, for large, highly visible organizations.
  • Translates dean's office strategic priorities and initiatives into compelling written, verbal, or audiovisual communication products for internal and external audiences, including students in six degree programs, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and friends of the school.
  • Manages and leads coordination with unit leaders across Haas and external organizations to create briefing materials for dean's event appearances.
  • Manages executive communications needs for Haas dean and senior leaders, including (but not limited to):
  • Researching topics for upcoming conference presentations, public statements, speeches, position papers, and talking points
  • Writing speeches and talking points on a variety of topics, ranging from school priorities and vision to crisis communications, for internal and external audiences.
  • Creating communications in the dean's voice.
  • Developing presentation materials and support materials
  • Managing and writing the dean's social media activity, website presence and updates, and externally facing marketing materials.

  • Works with departmental or college administration to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long- and short-term strategic communications plans.
  • Develops communications plans and campaigns for dean and senior leaders around Haas strategy and key priorities in collaboration with the Executive Director of Communications and/or the Assistant Dean for Marketing & Communications.
  • Campaigns may include internal and external speaking appearances, conferences, events, travel, written communication, and promotion of new school-wide initiatives, and more.

  • Provides advice and counsel to departmental or college administration on all aspects of communications, including strategic planning, effective messaging, and problem resolution.
  • Provides advice to dean and senior Haas leaders on communications strategies, effective messaging, and crisis communications in collaboration with the Executive Director of Communications and/or the Assistant Dean for Marketing & Communications.
  • Advises dean's office on appropriate event or speaking opportunities for Haas dean or leadership.
  • May prepare dean and senior leaders for media interviews.

  • Produces a variety of communication pieces in a variety of venues including written, visual, and electronic communications.
  • Ensures accuracy, brand alignment, and inclusive language and content in all executive communications.

  • Ensures production of high quality products that effectively deliver the desired message within budget and time constraints.
  • Identifies specific communications needs and develops the content and process for organizational improvements.
  • Works with management to build an organizational brand and create tools for positioning the organization strategically with the organization's clients.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding 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.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of technical applications to direct professional technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.
  • Advanced knowledge of or can quickly learn the organization, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure; strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education and / or business education.
  • Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long and short term strategic communication plans.
  • Advanced skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and project management, as well as and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.
  • Knowledge of relevant news media and other communication channels.
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated communications experience.

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

Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum two years of demonstrated experience in executive communications.
  • Available to travel as needed.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience within the range of $104,050.00 - $124,200.00. This role is eligible for full benefits, vacation and sick leave accrual.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a one-year contract role at 100% time (40-hrs per week).

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to May 6, 2021.

This posting will remain open until filled.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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