Residing in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation, Stanford GSB has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, push the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offer a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We strive to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.
We're looking for an Associate Director of Public Relations to join our Strategic Communications team. In this role, you will lead the public relations and communications team to develop, execute, and assess a proactive communications strategy aimed at enhancing our brand management and elevating our reputation on a local, national, and global scale. You will partner with Director of Strategic Communications to collaborate with other department heads on strategic school-wide communications initiatives.
You will bring strategic communications program experience, creativity, and an ability to thrive in an environment that requires thinking about the big picture while also managing a steady flow of remarks and writing. You will have excellent judgement and be able to understand the varied perspectives of a diverse set of constituents. You will have experience acting as a thought-partner with senior leaders in business or academia and have excellent writing skills. You will have strong collaboration skills, and the ability to work across all organizations at the GSB.
Your primary responsibilities include:
Participate in the development of strategic communication plans, including long- and short-term goals, with methods of measuring the plan's impact on, and contribution to, the program and school.
Participate in the development of key messages and strategies to communicate complex information to multiple audiences and constituencies through a wide variety of communications platforms, including digital, print, and media.
Work with the Director of Strategic Communications to prepare for crisis communications response and be able to direct response if needed.
Help plan, oversee, and execute school-wide proactive media relations campaigns.
Build relationships with faculty members to develop a plan to promote faculty thought-leadership and research to external audiences and media outlets.
Provide strategic direction and partner with various departments and programs across the GSB, other Stanford schools and Stanford University Communications on public relations activities.
Partner with Director of Communications to identify, secure, and staff media interviews with school leadership, staff, and faculty.
Provide media training to senior faculty and staff at the school.
Contribute to devising and implementing efficient and effective means of communicating the innovations, academic excellence, and student experience at Stanford Graduate School of Business to the general public, the media, alumni, and prospective and current students.
Monitor staff, external communications agencies, and resources to determine if they are appropriately aligned to deliver the objectives of the organization.
Leverage relationships with key reporters and editors, media, community and/or government leaders to secure media opportunities, and drive coverage for the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Manage operations for the Public Relations Team.
Cooperate closely with the university's communications office to ensure consistent and complementary strategic plans with overall university outreach and communications.
To be successful in this position, you will bring:
Bachelor's degree and 7 years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Outstanding communications skills and presence at all levels and for all audiences.
Excellent interpersonal communications skills
Team player mentality - everyone pitches in to get the job done.
Strong influencing, negotiating, and relationship management skills.
Demonstrated ability to earn credibility and influence opinion leaders.
Proven ability to maintain and leverage relationships with journalists and media outlets.
Understanding of brand management principles.
Capacity to write and synthesize complex materials and communicate highly technical information in a manner easily understood.
Strong strategic and tactical thinking ability.
Creative thinker with a desire to seek opportunities for continuous improvement.
Ability to motivate, develop and train staff.
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Why Stanford is for You
Stanford's dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:
Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
Discovery and fun. Visit campusgardens, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!
We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.
How to Apply
We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the Apply for Job button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application.
Location: Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 12000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu. Stanford is an equal empl...oyment opportunity and 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, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.