Communications, Program Director
As part of the executive leadership of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Communications, Program Director oversees the development of a comprehensive communications strategy for the Institute. The Kroc Institute is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace. It offers academic programs at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels, and conducts research, policy, and practice initiatives.
Working closely with the Regan Director, Executive Director, and senior administrators at the Kroc Institute, and in collaboration with the Keough School Director of Communications and Marketing, the Communications, Program Director develops a long-range communications strategy that integrates print publications, the web, and media relations to enhance the reputation of the Institute among its key constituencies. The Communications, Program Director prepares annual plans, manages budget allocations for communications efforts, and oversees the work of communications staff at the Kroc Institute and consultants and external agencies on communications initiatives. The Communications, Program Director advises the Regan director on policy and strategic issues facing the Institute, and serves with other Institute communications leaders on the Keough School’s communication team.
The Communications, Program Director oversees the development and production of print and electronic materials at the Institute. A primary responsibility is to oversee the development and maintenance of the Institute’s website that anchors our communication strategy by providing information on Institute programs as well as interactive tools for researchers, peace practitioners, and the media. In addition, the Program Director serves as the primary writer and editor for electronic publications and Institute’s print publications, including annual reports, online newsletters, program brochures, event publicity, and other materials. The Program Director also coordinates social media outreach by the Institute. The Program Director oversees the production of these publications, including soliciting articles and other materials from faculty and staff, writing and editing materials, acquiring appropriate graphics, editing content, and working with consultants involved in design, layout and publication.
The Institute seeks to actively market its policy-relevant research and expertise on current peace issues in the local, national, and international media. In coordination with the Keough School’s Director of Communications and Marketing and the University’s Office of Media Relations, the Program Director facilitates greater media visibility of the Kroc Institute by identifying faculty with expertise relevant to current issues, assisting faculty in developing materials and commentary for media outreach, and coordinating with Media Relations on marketing efforts.
BA in communications, marketing, journalism, or another relevant field and 5 years of relevant experience. Excellent oral and written communications skills; experience developing and implementing a communications strategy; experience managing communications initiatives, including overseeing the work of staff and consultants, such as graphic designers and videographers; excellent organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and independently; able to interact professionally with a variety of constituencies; unwavering attention to detail, deadlines, budget constraints; familiarity with and adherence to copyright laws; familiarity with software and web interfaces used for electronic and print publication; understanding of and commitment to the mission of the Kroc Institute and the Keough School.
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