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Director, Communications

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 113206
Title: Director
Functional Title: Director, Communications
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: SVPAAP-Office of International Affairs
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) advances comprehensive internationalization at the University of Maryland and seeks to hire a dynamic Director of Communications to serve as a member of its senior leadership team. OIA comprises the offices of Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, and China Affairs. OIA itself employs a small team of professionals to incubate and implement innovative international educational models for the campus community, as well as to cultivate and manage global partnerships around the world to engage students, staff and faculty in unique opportunities.

The Director of Communications reports directly to the Associate Vice President for International Affairs. The successful candidate will lead in developing a strategic communications plan to enhance OIA’s mission, values, goals and objectives. This person will assist colleagues in OIA units to integrate and implement this strategic plan into their various offices. The Director will coordinate all OIA external messaging and will be responsible for developing communication materials to publicize OIA’s programs, initiatives and services. The Director will collaborate with UMD’s central Communications and Marketing Department to respond to public inquiries and requests from campus, government agencies, businesses, and advocacy groups. This person will foster collaborative relationships within UMD and with various public audiences locally, nationally and internationally. The Director serves as editor of OIA publications when required and manages OIA’s annual report, website, social media, news releases, materials, and fact sheets. The Director will contract with external providers when necessary and oversees their work within budget. This person will also use quantitative and qualitative metrics to assess effectiveness of all communications activities. The incumbent will also review and update annual media policies and procedures per UMD standards, and will manage communication/public relations database and maintain a press clippings portfolio. This person will also be required to perform other administrative duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum qualification for this position is either a Bachelor’s Degree with seven years, or a Master’s Degree with five years of progressively responsible experience in communications, public relations and/or journalism.


Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and journalism skills. Strong branding and design management expertise, as well as project planning and management. Familiarity with managing sheet-fed and web printing processes, vending and bidding procedures and quality control. Familiarity with typography, layout, color, form, and composition and current knowledge of design trends. Ability to manage multiple communications and marketing initiatives and projects, meet deadlines and work independently. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Preferred qualifications include experience developing and implementing in communications in areas related to internationalization in Higher Education.

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Additional Information:
Posting Date: 01/19/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 02/02/2018
Physical Demands

Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards. Must have the ability to walk across campus and/or drive a vehicle to deliver and pick up materials for events, etc.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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