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Director of Strategic Communications

Company: Stanford University
Location: Stanford
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

The School of Engineering

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.

At STVP, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center (, we empower aspiring entrepreneurs to become global citizens who create and scale responsible innovations.

As humanity grapples with dilemmas of extraordinary complexity and global scale, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center, housed in the Department of Management Science & Engineering, is leading a movement to educate leaders who will solve the major challenges of the 21st century.

We deliver transformational experiences that equip aspiring entrepreneurs - from all backgrounds, disciplines, and areas of the world - with the ability to solve problems by harnessing engineering principles, ethical decision-making, and emerging technologies.

Our vision is anchored on three strategic action areas:

---Advancing ground breaking research on technology entrepreneurship and innovation

---Delivering teaching and learning approaches that develop entrepreneurs as global citizens

---Scaling responsible innovation practices with stakeholders in communities around the world.

We are looking for a Director of Strategic Communications to drive our communications strategy for content, brand awareness, program engagement, fundraising and revenue development. This person will help shape, lead, and coordinate the production of vibrant content, evocative brand voice and distinct positioning of the center and our products. This role will work especially closely and collaboratively with the center's Marketing Manager and Executive Director. The person in this role will need to effectively engage and manage faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and vendors to deliver content and products with accessible language, storytelling, and captivating moments.

The ideal candidate is:

---A strategic and creative big picture thinker able to package a core idea across various mediums, audiences, and packages

---A clear and diplomatic communicator who can proactively collaborate with multiple stakeholder groups

---Eager and able to navigate ambiguity

---A talented writer and editor able to create content as needed

---Motivated to roll up their sleeves and operationalize ideas

Your responsibilities include:

---Develop and manage the communication and brand strategy for individual program(s) incorporating appropriate channels (i.e., web presence, digital and print).

---Manage market research and campaign/program/service/event analysis used to inform decisions regarding strategic marketing direction, product segmentation and customer targeting.

---Assess market opportunities and track market trends. Recommend marketing improvements based on findings.

---Responsibility for staff including the recruitment, management, development, and retention.

---Manage program budget, goals, and objectives in alignment with organizational goals.

---Recommend, manage and execute integrated marketing plans/programs and strategies to meet business objectives.

---Guide event planning and execution as needed to support marketing objectives.

---Manage vendors on specific projects.

Education & Experience (Required):

Bachelor's degree and 5 years of relevant experience; or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

---Previous experience in product, program and/or services marketing.

---Experience with digital, web, print, social media marketing.

---Ability to lead cross-functional teams toward a common goal.

---Experience with project management and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

---Experience with market research and data analysis.

---Understands how to implement effective marketing programs across multiple channels.

---Creative problem solver with strong critical thinking skills.

---Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.

---Prior experience in planning and managing program budgets.

Certifications and Licenses:



---Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.

---Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.

---Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.

---Rarely sort/file paperwork.

* - 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 the job.


---Occasional work on evenings and weekends.


---Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

---Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

---Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


The expected pay range for this position is $107,000 to $139,000 per annum. Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.

A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.

A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.

Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.

Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

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 rsum along with your online application.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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.

Stanford is an equal employment 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.

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