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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

University of Minnesota - Communications Director - Office for Equity and Diversity

The Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity (OED) is seeking a highly qualified, motivated and creative leader to serve as the office's Communications Director. This professional is responsible for the direction and policy of all communications for the Office for Equity and Diversity, develops and leads the office's internal and external communication strategies, marketing, and promotion, to ensure effective communications within the office, throughout the U of M, and with OED's external constituencies. This position is critical to OED's efforts to support the implementation of the University's ambitious Equity and Diversity Vision Framework, which involves significant and ambitious cultural transformation. (The University's Equity and Diversity Vision framework is available at

The Communications Director serves as a member of the Vice President and Vice Provost's leadership team and acts as OED's primary contact for University Relations, departmental and collegiate communications contacts, and the media. The position is a full-time position reporting to OED's Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Information Officer. The salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate's education, skills, and experience.

For the past four years, the University has been engaged in the process of strategic positioning, and equity and diversity have been repeatedly recognized as critical elements of achieving the institution's strategic positioning goals. One important action evidencing this commitment was the creation of the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity. This office includes the following units housed on the University's Twin Cities campus: Disability Services; the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education; the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action; the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office; the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence; and the Women's Center.

The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is both the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and the state's primary research university, with faculty of national and international reputation. Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota has five campuses - Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, Crookston, and Rochester - extension offices, and research and outreach centers throughout the state.  

Required Qualifications
  • A BA/BS degree and at least three years of experience in strategic communications.
  • Excellent writing, editing, organizational and presentation skills.
  • Expertise in at least two of the following areas: publications management, web site creation and maintenance, media relations, project planning and alumni/donor relations.
  • Demonstrated experience with individuals from diverse, underrepresented and marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to the demands of a changing and challenging professional environment.
  • Ability to understand and communicate the complex issues of diversity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative team-based approach.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters degree.
  • Prior work experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with communications in complex organizations. 

Major Areas of Responsibility
  • Develop and implement the internal and external communications and marketing strategy for the Office for Equity and Diversity and its six service units.
  • Serve as a critical member of OED's Leadership Team and provide policy direction, accomplish the Office's vision and mission, and support the University's achievement of its strategic positioning goals.
  • Serve as the content owner for the OED website, and be responsible for content development and technical troubleshooting. Provide expertise and support for OED unit web sites and social media sites.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and collaborations with communicators across the University as well as the external press in support of the institution's equity and diversity goals.
  • Act as media relations contact for OED. Partner with University Relations and U News Service staff on media projects and work with OED staff on media interactions.
  • Lead the development of and manage OED's portfolio of publications, including brochures, reports, articles, invitations, and other collateral, including production and distribution.
  • Provide editorial expertise and support on communications projects for the Vice President and her senior staff, including reports, presentations, policy statements, planning documents, and correspondence.
  • Participate as part of the team of professionals in OED who support the office's communication, evaluation, and development activities.  
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