The Director of Public Affairs and Issues Management serves as the primary University spokesperson and is responsible for leading media relations, public affairs communications, issues management, and digital news operations. This is a fast-paced, high-profile position that manages daily internal and external communication needs as well as develops and executes long-term strategic communications objectives. This position must combine an understanding of strategic public communications and brand journalism with public policy, higher education policy, and government and community affairs.
The Director will work closely with the UO's administrative units, government affairs offices at the federal, state and local levels, athletics, public safety, and schools/colleges to effectively communicate the UO's position on public and university policy issues and respond to inquiries from public officials and their constituents and other stakeholders. This position will also work closely with the UO's academic and administrative leadership to implement the UO's internal and external communication objectives, proactively communicate the University's position on a variety of topics and aggressively advocate on behalf of the UO with media and stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders, lawmakers and the general public.
The Director will work closely with the Vice President and other members of the University Communications leadership team to create a progressive, unified, creative, metrics-driven organization dedicated to serving the UO's interests, including those of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and other stakeholders. The Director will demonstrate and inspire a team-building work environment, motivating staff and cultivating productive relationships across campus to innovate, collaborate, and reach or exceed identified goals.
The Director reports directly to the Vice President for University Communications and supervises a group of classified, unclassified, and student staff.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, public relations or similar field.
Ten years of experience working in communications and/or public policy, which must have included experience as an institutional spokesperson and managing issues and crisis communications.
Five years of management experience.
Five years of writing and/or editing for media and/or public relations communications.
Associated topics: emergency management, government affairs, media, public, public affairs, public records, public works, regulatory affairs, social media
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