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Director of Communications (5887U) Job 27393 - CED
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 2, 2019
Title Director of Communications (5887U) Job 27393 - CED
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Communications/Public Relations

Director of Communications (5887U) Job 27393 - CED

About Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: Immediate Review

Departmental Overview
The College of Environmental Design (CED) is comprised of faculty, students and staff with an impressive set of backgrounds and talents. We believe in the importance of supporting an inclusive environment that values community and builds its strength from a diversity of views and expertise. There are approximately 50 faculty, 1000 undergraduate and graduate majors, and approximately 50 total staff. The college budget is approximately $27M. CED is a multifaceted academic unit, with three departments (architecture, city & regional planning, and landscape architecture & environmental planning); undergraduate, professional graduate and doctoral programs; a suite of highly regarded summer design institutes; widely recognized environmental design archives; extensive computing and fabrication facilities; several administrative and student affairs departments; and a building with auditoria, classrooms, studios, labs, research centers, library, and a cafe.

The position reports to the Assistant Dean for Development + Alumni Relations and works closely with the Dean and leadership of the College to communicate the brand, mission, goals, and strategic vision of the College using written, visual and electronic methods. The position is responsible for delivering news and updates on research, student and faculty achievements, and priorities to internal and external stakeholders including alumni and donors. The College maintains a robust communications platform through its website, social media, electronic newsletters, print publications and an online alumni engagement platform,

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  • Works with College leadership to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long- and short-term strategic communications plans and complex communications projects that can be large in scope and with long timelines, such as the production of a magazine, redesign of a website, support of a fundraising campaign, or publicity and messaging for a series of high profile events, announcements, and press releases.
  • Delivers comprehensive communications programs, including written, visual, and electronic communications, for the College of Environmental Design. Produces and oversees the production of a variety of communication pieces in a variety of venues including written, visual, and electronic communications. Specifically these include the Colleges' monthly e-newsletter and other email communications, online features, event materials, ongoing web and social media content, prospective student marketing brochures, and print magazines or annual reports.
  • Provides advice and counsel to throughout the College on all aspects of communications, including strategic planning, effective messaging, and problem resolution. Collaborate with Departments, degree programs, faculty and other organizational entities within the College to create communications plans, write content where appropriate and feasible, and assign resources.
  • Manages and mentors student workers and outside professionals with diverse expertise, such as in content, design and production, web and digital management, and content marketing.
  • Provides advice and counsel to College administration on all aspects of communications, including strategic planning, effective messaging, branding, and problem resolution. Occasional consultation and support in crisis and change communications.
  • Ensures production of high quality products that effectively deliver the desired message within budget and time constraints. Requires working closely with vendors such as designers, printers, photographers, web developers, and writers.
  • Identifies specific communications needs and develops the content and process for organizational improvements. For example, implementing social media management tools or developing toolkits and intake forms for stakeholders around the College.
  • Interacts with outside and internal IT technical staff, consultants, and students to assure 24/7 uptime and content timeliness of the College website. Suggest and enforce web use policies, consult with faculty on options, and participate in technical discussions.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long- and short-term strategic communication plans and advanced skills in communications project management.
  • 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 content strategy, writing, and editing; website and other digital media; design concepts and execution; social media; content marketing, and other applications.
  • 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 and critical thinking, project management skills, and problem resolution ability, as well as experience with people management and development.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of UC Berkeley and its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure, or the ability to learn.
  • Advanced knowledge of the College of Environmental Design, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure, or the ability to learn.
  • Thorough knowledge of campus protocols and channels for communication internally and externally, or the ability to learn.
  • Strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education.
  • Knowledge of the field within the College of Environmental Design and their scope, particularly in California but also nationally in terms of competitor schools and programs.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce Marketing Cloud

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

*The annual salary range of the position is $83,900 - 110,000; however, salary is commensurate with experience.

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

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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