Adler University - Director of Communications

Location: Chicago, IL
Date Posted: 10-20-2017
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The Position
The Director of Communications leads development and implementation of integrated communications strategies to advance the University’s strategic goals, visibility and national reputation. As the primary steward of the University brand, this person directs the overall design, tone, and messaging of the University’s official communications, including institutional collateral and digital executions. The Director of Communication is also responsible for overseeing public relations and media relations activity across the University’s three-campus system. In addition, the Director provides strategic guidance to senior leadership and other departments on internal and external communications initiatives.
The ideal candidate should have a strong writing background and broad communications experience working in a variety of disciplines including: marketing & communications, editorial content development, internal and external communications, public relations and media relations. This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Marketing & Communications.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Lead the planning, development, and implementation of strategic marketing and communications initiatives that engage internal and external audiences in advancing the University’s strategic goals and outcomes, and raise the visibility and national reputation of the University and its campuses.
  • Direct the messaging and development of University collateral materials and digital assets, including admissions materials, alumni magazine, annual report, and various digital properties.
  • Produce high-quality content for University communications and various ad-hoc projects.
  • Support the president’s office by creating content for the president’s newsletter, speeches, and other communication needs that arise.
  • Lead public relations and media relations activity across the University’s campuses.
  • Provide guidance and counsel with respect to effective internal and external communications and crisis communications to senior leadership on matters of importance to the University.
  • Provide guidance, policy, processes and resources for various departments to ensure brand consistency and effective reach in their communications to constituents.
  • Identify key internal and external communications challenges, opportunities and initiatives, and provide guidance on strategy, messaging, content, policy, processes, and metrics that support outcomes.
  • Oversee one to two direct reports and direct key external agencies/partners.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Journalism, or a related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of marketing and communications experience
  • Broad practical knowledge of the theories of internal and external communications, including media relations, electronic and social media, marketing communications, issues management, crisis communications, and community relations
  • A solid working knowledge and experience with strategic planning and measurement, and a proven ability to execute quickly and accurately in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong budget and management skills to effectively manage resources and the execution of multiple projects on an ongoing basis
  • Proven experience managing agencies and staff, as well as experience working with senior leadership
  • Awareness of – and genuine interest in – social justice issues and the mission, vision, and values of the University
  • Excellent communications skills, with a strong emphasis on writing
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a positive and professional attitude
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite – with emphasis on Word and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Marketing and communications experience in a nonprofit institution focused on social justice issues
  • Higher education experience a plus

To Apply
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this position, along with your CV/resume.
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For nominations or further information:
Beth Baldino
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 828-645-8967

The Institution
Established in 1952 to build on the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. The University changed its name from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in January 2015 to reflect its growing scope of programs and more strongly support its vision as the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and a more just society. Over 1,400 students are enrolled in Adler’s masters and doctoral programs for social change on campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, and an Online Campus. Through practica, internships, training and community engagement with hundreds of community partners, Adler’s students provide more than 580,000 direct service hours to communities each year.
Adler’s Institute and Centers engage students, faculty, practitioners and communities in advocacy, applied research, and action for social justice. Adler University holds the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recognizing higher institution practices for exemplary community engagement. In addition, Adler University was honored with the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award in 2016.
For 65 years, the institution has adhered to the Adlerian principles upon which it was founded and will continue to do so. In fall 2014, Adler embarked on developing a new five-year strategic plan envisioning the University’s impact through the year 2020. A team of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees solicited input from across our campuses, alumni, and external partner communities. The result is Adler University’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Through realizing the strategies and goals of this plan, Adler University will:
  • Become even more clear, vibrant, and powerful in its work to advance a more just society – through fidelity to its legacy and to the vision and principles of Alfred Adler.
  • Offer baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral-level education in a range of practice-oriented disciplines, with academic programs designed to advance community health and social justice.
  • Be recognized for leadership in socially responsible practice, innovation in measuring mission and impact, and breaking ground in online pedagogy.
  • Offer a degree or certificate program within a marginalized community in a radical new format.
  • Have completed its first comprehensive fundraising campaign and will enter its second campaign, ensuring long-term sustainability, engagement, and excellence in higher education.
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Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Location: 17 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Adler University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
 Beth Baldino
 Senior Consultant
 Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
 Direct: +1 (828) 645-8967
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