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Communications Mgr, Office of Int\'l Affairs

Yale University – New Haven, CT

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Global Strategy and based in the Office of International Affairs (OIA), the communications manager will be responsible to:
  • Set and execute the communications strategy
  • Liaise with relevant academic and communications leadership in pursuit of the strategy
  • Manage Yale and the World web site
  • Write stories for Yale News and Yale and the World site
  • Construct newsletters from the VP for Global Strategy and OIA regional directors
  • Develop speeches and presentations for the VP for Global Strategy iv. Social media
  • Execute or hire for multimedia content (photography, video, illustration)
  • Perform media relations
  • Measure effectiveness of communications work; adjust as indicated

In this work, the communications manager will concentrate on ways Yale faculty and students are contributing to solutions to pressing world issues and problems, such as the preservation of cultural heritage and global health. The communications manager works closely with colleagues in OIA as well as those in the Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications and other communications professionals throughout the university to share information, generate new stories, and promote discoveries, announcements, and events.
The OIA is a university-wide resource that serves as the global liaison for all students, faculty, staff, and organizations involved in international activities and initiatives. Combining regional expertise with administrative capabilities, OIA fosters connections within the Yale community and abroad, while further strengthening Yales position as a leading global university that is inspiring the mind that inspire the world.
Please submit a cover letter and writing sample with your application.

Essential Duties

1. Manages relationships with external media sources. Pursues media coverage creatively and aggressively. Responds to inquiries from national and international news media, student media, the University community and the general public. 2. Enhances the overall quality of media relations for key stakeholders by preparing them for media interviews. Manages relationships with key campus stakeholders with a high degree of professionalism, judgment and understanding of stakeholder goals. 3. Creates compelling story ideas and narratives; produces content for both external and internal channels; writes copy and social media posts and manages content. 4. Plans social media strategies for key University communications and programs. Monitors University social media assets for negative comments or misinformation. 5. Supports short- and long-term communication planning with insights into audiences, channels and culture; coordinates with other communications professionals to achieve institutional goals; leads the communications process within developed standards and protocols. 6. Supports effective response strategies, often in crisis situations requiring 24/7 attention and intense media/public scrutiny, and articulates the Universitys position via personal interviews or written responses. 7. Produces multimedia content and manages the work of graphic and web designers, student interns, printers, video producers and photographers. 8. Manages communication plans for all stakeholders by understanding the significance of campus initiatives and/or academic work; creates compelling stories and messages to translate the significance through language that is clear and accessible for public awareness. 9. Develops and maintains regular contact with media representatives in multiple disciplines. 10. Maintains the Yale brand and graphic identity standards; supports and maintains standard operating procedures; contributes to digital asset management. 11. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelors degree in English, Journalism, Communications or related field and eight years of experience in public relations, journalism, television, corporate communications or agency work or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience in developing communications for a range of media and working with creative professionals in design, photography or video.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Well-developed editing and writing skills with the ability to evaluate and solve communication needs in a timely manner for print and/or online media sources.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Well-developed verbal skills with the ability share complex subjects in clear and compelling ways and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to work independently and as part of a team, identify and set priorities with minimal direct supervision, manage vendors and create and adhere to a budget.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to provide leadership, influence change and represent OIA with deans, directors, faculty, and distinguished visitors.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to advance strategic objectives, develop and execute creative projects using new and existing software and media tools.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Strong understanding of social networking sites and their marketing potential; experience developing and maintaining corporate/institutional social media activity and campaigns.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individuals sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the Universitys Title IX Coordinator, at [email protected], or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: [email protected]


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