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Director of Communications

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 05/18/2017
Working Title Director of Communications
Job Classification Administrator IV
Department Name 51221-UCIS-Office of the Director
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0130690
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

Reporting directly to the Executive Associate Director, this position serves in a senior management role as the Director of Communications in the Office of the Director at the University Center for International Studies. The incumbent is responsible for the overall effectiveness of marketing communications for PittGlobal, which includes the globalization of the University, as well as UCIS and its units: Nationality Rooms Program; Office of International Services; Study Abroad; and, Centers for Latin American Studies, Russian & East European Studies, Western European Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies and Global Studies. Responsible for strategizing, planning and executing comprehensive communications for campus-wide internationally related events and the effective distribution of targeted information to relevant audiences both on and off campus.

The Director of Communications will design and implement communication strategies that establish PittGlobal as the primary source for international content and data including but not limited to: e-marketing, print marketing, direct response marketing, social media, public relations and other communications with internal and external constituents. Incumbent will craft overall messaging strategies to support PittGlobal objectives and goals including developing speeches and written products. He/she will be responsible for overseeing development of branding effort and then managing the day-to-day implementation.

The Director of Communications is responsible for managing day-to-day communications, designs/executes/measures strategic internal and external communications programs including: drafting media and communications materials and messages, participating in issues management, and integrating seamlessly within the University of Pittsburgh Communications team.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 6-9 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications, public relations or related field. Masters Degree preferred.

6-9 years of related communications experience, ideally in an academic setting, covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and donor communications.

Ability to take complex information and transform it into exciting and useful messages, disseminating it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels.

Highly collaborative style.

Experience developing and implementing communications strategies.

Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills.

Strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.

Relationship builder, with the flexibility and finesse to manage by influence.

High energy, maturity, and leadership skills with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.

Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, researchers, staff, donors, and other supporters.

Self-starter and entrepreneurial. Enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.

Knowledge of the academic environment and faculty culture.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents