Assistant Director of Communications, Divinity School
• Oversee, or execute as needed, copy intended for public consumption to ensure its alignment with the strategic plan. This includes frequent collaboration with the School’s programs and events to ensure alignment in communication strategy and brand identity across all public and internal facing opportunities which may include, but not be limited to virtual and in person events and promotion related to them.
• In conjunction with the Dean and Assistant Dean of Admissions, Vocation, and Student Life and relevant internal VU partners, coordinate the development of print and branded materials.
• Pitch ideas to Vanderbilt University Communications Teams.
• Ensures information is concise, complete, and accurate.
• Build out detailed production schedules for print, email, and web projects.
• Provide graphic design when needed for printed or web materials.
• Envision, create, produce, and edit video and motion graphics projects.
• Utilize visual storytelling skills to support the Purposes and Commitments of the Divinity School.
• Lead and actively participate in team creative brainstorming.
• Manage time in a highly effective, independent manner.
• Provide training and mentorship to the Divinity School program coordinator and student workers in the communications landscape.
• Write, edit, and proofread across a variety of online content mediums. Manage the School’s presence, including its programs, on social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as well as future unfolding technologies.
• Serve as an advocate of the Divinity School in social media spaces and continually seek ways to improve our exposure to prospective students and internal and external audiences.
• Utilize appropriate analytics to maximize traffic to digital platforms and increase audience.
• Review, report on, and interpret the effectiveness of campaigns.
• Stay current on events and trends in the social media industry to maintain our competitive advantage.
• Maintain lines of communication and opportunities for collaboration with Vanderbilt University Social and Web teams by attending meetings and pitching stories from Divinity School.
• Identify, write, and publish compelling stories in collaboration with other Divinity School constituencies (faculty, staff, DAR, and alumni) to showcase the Divinity School’s value and impact locally and globally.
• Update organizational information and upcoming events on the website to deliver accurate and timely information.
• Partner with internal staff and external vendors to ensure the website and media platforms are achieving a positive increase in recruitment and engagement among key stakeholders.
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing, or related field from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
• Theological education or training is preferred.
• At least five years’ experience in a communications role is necessary.
• Experience managing and executing across several communication media platforms is necessary.
• Proven exceptional writing, editing, and oral communication skills with the ability to convey highly complex information in clear, compelling ways is necessary.
• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress and popular content management systems (CMS) is necessary.
• Exceptional project management skills is necessary.
Job responsibilities listed herein are intended to be a thorough representation of the duties, responsibilities, expectations, and qualifications for this specific
role at the time of hire but should not be considered all-encompassing as actual responsibilities may evolve to include additional duties as assigned based on
organizational and operational needs.
• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of communications and marketing with emphasis on social media and digital content is necessary.
• Familiarity with and passion for theological education and the vocational discernment process is strongly preferred.
• Strong connection with the Purposes and Commitments of Vanderbilt Divinity School is strongly preferred.
• Ability to work collegially with staff, faculty, and students as a team and leader is necessary.
• A proven ability to translate and advance initiatives across a broad spectrum of media channels, exercising a deep understanding of how to leverage content and storytelling to spark action and growth, influence the media environment, and then leverage media to move key stakeholders to action is necessary.
• Experience establishing and maintaining strong and productive relationships internally and with a variety of external constituencies: ally organizations and influencers in the field, creative and content partners, and the media generally is necessary.
• Strong organizational and financial management skills and excellent budgeting and planning skills is necessary.
- Working and growing together as a community of communities… we are One Vanderbilt.
- Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
- Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.
We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.
Vanderbilt University has made the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires all employees to (1) participate in any required on-campus COVID-19 testing protocol as may then be in effect, or (2) show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.