Director of Communications for the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership
Texas Woman's University
Location: Denton, Texas
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, invites applications, nominations, and inquiries for the Director of Communications position of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership (JNIWL). The Institute is led by Chief Officer Mary Anne Alhadeff, a trailblazer within the public broadcasting system and the North Texas nonprofit community. The University seeks an experienced self-starter with superior written and oral communication skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Reporting to the Interim Executive Director of the JNIWL, Shannon Mantaro, with a dotted line to the Chief Officer, the director will lead all communications and public relations efforts to promote the Institute, which is comprised of three specialized centers - Center for Student Leadership, Center for Women Entrepreneurs and Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. Furthermore, the director will take the initiative to become knowledgeable and keep abreast of all aspects of the Institute in order to develop a strategic communications plan to raise the visibility of the Institute with internal and external constituencies. This includes promoting the newly launched Sue S. Bancroft Women’s Leadership Hall, an interactive history exhibit that showcases the contributions and leadership legacy of Texas women in politics and public policy, serving as a premiere destination for women’s leadership exhibits, educational opportunities and events. The successful candidate will have a high degree of intellectual curiosity, quest for life-long learning. Lastly, the successful candidate will serve as an integral member of the team and pitch in wherever and whenever needed.
About Texas Woman’s University
Committed to transformational learning, discovery, and service in an inclusive environment that embraces diversity, Texas Woman’s University inspires excellence and a pioneering spirit. Founded in 1901 as the Girls Industrial College, today, Texas Woman’s University has over 16,000 students, 89% of whom are female, and is the first and only university system in the nation with a woman-focused mission. Dr. Carine M. Feyten became the eleventh president and second chancellor of Texas Woman’s University in 2014. According to U.S. News and World Report, Texas Woman’s University tied fourth in the nation for student diversity with 67% of the undergraduate enrollment represented by minority students, making it a majority-minority institution with designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (Hispanic, 34%; White, 31%; Black, 20%; Asian/Pacific Islander, 11%; International/other, 4%). In addition to the flagship, Denton location, the University System also has two other campuses located in Dallas and Houston as well as an e-learning campus, offering innovative online degree programs.
Director of Communications Role
The Director of Communications for the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership is responsible for elevating the internal and external visibility of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership. In this role, the individual will develop and implement strategic, integrated internal and external communications plans; develop a speech of record; develop content and update the Institute’s websites; manage social media channels; develop a proactive media relations agenda to highlight the advantages of the institute’s alignment with the university. The Director of Communications will draft presentations and write remarks, reports and other written communications as assigned. The position will also manage the communications functions related to JNIWL special events and activities. This role will also promote the JNIWL’s Sue S. Bancroft Women’s Leadership Hall as a premiere destination for women’s leadership exhibits, educational opportunities and events. Additionally, as liaison to the Marketing and Communications department, the Director of Communications will create promotional and informational materials for the JNIWL. Work is performed with minimal supervision and performance is based on the effective operation of all public relations functions. The performance evaluation is conducted through the performance evaluation system and in accordance with the University Policies & Procedures.
Reports to: Interim Executive Director of Operations, JNIWL with dotted line to Chief Officer
Supervises: May supervise student assistants and other support staff
Essential Duties and Responsibilities -May include, but not limited to the following:
Working with JNIWL leadership, develops and implements a multi-year strategic integrated communications plan.
Works in collaboration with TWU’s Marketing and Communications office, manages media relations for the JNIWL.
Creates/writes newsletters, presentations and reports for CO and others as assigned.
Coordinates with Marketing and Communications to promote the JNIWL in the chancellor’s “Boldly Go” newsletter, TWU News and other publications.
Develops marketing materials for JNIWL.
Manages the communications functions related to JNIWL special events and activities.
Manages website content creation (including management of visuals) for the JNIWL.
Develops marketing collateral materials for visitors to exhibit hall.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications & Characteristics
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communication, or a closely related field of study required. Master’s degree preferred.
Ten (10) years of experience in communications (written/verbal/visual/editing); public relations experience (mid-level, at a minimum) particularly with respect to managing and measuring effective internal and external internal communications; experience in dealing with complex environments and an ability to thrive despite competing deadline pressures; use of digital survey instruments to gain feedback and inputs; strong interpersonal communications capabilities; attention to detail and an appreciation for the importance of information accuracy and context.
Regular and reliable attendance at the University during regular scheduled days and work hours is an essential function of this position.
Knowledge, skills, & abilities
Knowledge of principles and best practices of public relations and marketing communications, including excellent interviewing, writing and editing skills.
Ability to direct and perform news/feature writing and editing.
Ability to direct and manage website communications.
Ability to conduct communications research (surveys) and measurement, social media and other communications channels.
Ability to apply and implement strategic communications principles and ethics.
Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate communications for a complex organization and operational requirements, using human resources, funds, and other resources to accomplish long-term and short-term goals of the institution.
Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with JNIWL leadership, students, faculty, staff, alumni, partner organizations, the public and others.
Ability to provide administrative guidance within area of responsibility, providing direct training and supervision as needed.
Ability to apply budgetary and fiscal planning techniques within financial constraints.
Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgement based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.
Ability to communicate effectively, orally, by phone, in person and in writing.
Ability to use a personal computer and other office equipment, including related university software and email.
Applications and Nominations
Texas Woman’s University has secured Capstone HigherEd Services, LLC to assist with the search. Inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Dr. Diana Pino at TWU@CapstoneHigherEd.com or 713-955-2122 ext. 1000. For best consideration, please submit application materials by January 31, 2023, however the position will remain open until filled. Application materials should be submitted in PDF format and include a letter of interest, CV/resume, and contact information (email address and phone number) for at least three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior approval from the candidate.
Texas Woman’s University strives to provide an educational environment that affirms the rights and dignity of each individual, fosters diversity, and encourages a respect for the differences among persons. Discrimination or harassment of any kind is considered inappropriate.
Texas Woman’s University is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, age, veteran’s status, or against qualified disabled persons.
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