Case Western Reserve University Cleveland , OH 44114
The Manager for Communications and Special Projects is responsible for advancing initiatives of the Office of the Provost through development and implementation of strategic communications plans and messagesas well as the conduct of research, preparation of related materials, and participation in key meetings at the direction of the Chief of Staff. The manager will work closely with the Chief of Staff and engage with other leaders in the Office of the Provost to identify emerging priorities and discern when and how to begin the process of informing key stakeholders and larger constituencies about them. The manager will be responsible for all communications originating from the Provost and select designees, including speeches, talking points, op-ed columns, articles, and correspondence.
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Department: Frequent interaction with the Chief of Staff, Provost, leaders and other staff within the Office of the Provost.
University: Regular interaction with university leaders; as needed contact with faculty, staff, and trustees.
External: Regular contact with a variety of alumni, donors, friends and officials.
Students: Occasional contact with students.
No direct supervision of subordinates.
Experience: 5 to 7 years of communications experience, preferably including time within higher education settings
Education/Licensing: Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline.
Ability to write quickly and well.
Mastery of a variety of prose styles incuding writing for the web.
Understanding of the essential elements of persuasive, engaging writing, as well as the distinctions between speeches, articles, letters and other forms of communication.
Capacity and willingness to learn the provost's voice and provide communications that match it.
Ability to translate complex topics in ways that engage, inform and inspire.
Understanding of the written and visual elements and structure of effective presentations - whether with visual aids (i.e. PowerPoint or other formats) or without and ability to prepare such presentations quickly and well.
Appreciation of the value of collaboration with multiple stakeholders in the development and revisions of key communications.
Recognition of the importance of constructive feedback in continuous improvement and consistent enhancement of communications from the provost.
Exceptional interest in and talent for research.
Superior interpersonal, communication and narrative skills.
Outstanding planning and organizational skills.
Comprehensive knowledge of Case Western Reserve University or willingness to learn the campus quickly.
Proficiency in MS Office products including Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Knowledge of web content management systems, (e.g.: WordPress, Drupal).
Ability to meet consistent attendance.
Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
General office working environment.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.