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Communications Director

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 02/12/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 04/12/2018
Working Title Communications Director
Job Classification Administrator IV
Department Name 10010-Office of the Provost
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135553
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Provost is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Communications Director. Reporting to the Assistant Provost for Strategic Communications, the Communications Director takes initiative to support and advance the Office of the Provost’s communications strategies and outreach. Effectively, enthusiastically, and accurately communicating both the vision and the guiding principles of the Office of the Provost is central to the communications team’s efforts – and to this role in particular. Demonstrated project management expertise, preferably within the higher education environment – from visioning and establishing initial timelines, to project development, completion, and evaluation – is essential for success in this position.

Interested candidates- please submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample no longer than 1,000 words of content for Web or Print. No news releases please.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 10+ years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Baccalaureate degree in English, journalism, or communications required, Master’s degree in these fields or another relevant field preferred. Minimum of 10 years of successful marketing and communications experience and recognized excellence in professional writing, speech writing, interviewing and feature writing for traditional media channels as well as social media channels.

Ten years of experience working in higher education is preferred, specifically working closely with administrators, faculty, students, staff, alumni, and donors in an academic environment. Must have experience in supporting senior level executives in a communications capacity, experience in managing complex projects within large organizations, ability to prioritize multiple deadlines and to proactively manage time-sensitive initiatives. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required; knowledge of InDesign is a plus.

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.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
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 or higher with at least 10 years relevant work experience?
    • 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