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Director of Student Communications

Posted on Apr 5, 2021 by Stanford School of Medicine

Palo Alto, CA 94309
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Stanford University is one of the world's leading universities, with a mission of contributing to humanity through its teaching, research and patient care. Join an extraordinary community of accomplished and innovative people, passionately dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and its application for the benefit of our wider world.

University Communications provides support and campus leadership in planning, coordinating and implementing strategic communications programs that support Stanford and its mission. University Communications is responsible for brand positioning and strategy; issues and reputation management; crisis communications; oversight of digital content and top-level web and social media platforms; media relations and news services; executive communications; major publications; and a campus video production service. University Communications coordinates with communications professionals across the university.

The Director of Student Communications is a fixed-term position for a duration of three years. The person in this position will engage with colleagues in University Communications and in student-facing organizations such as Student Affairs; the offices of the vice provosts for undergraduate and graduate education; and Residential and Dining Enterprises to coordinate all student-facing communications at Stanford. The position will report to the associate vice president for University Communications.


Creating and implementing strategies for the most effective ways to communicate with Stanford's student populations.
Coordinating with communications colleagues in student-facing organizations on creation and dissemination of messages. Ensuring cohesive messaging across units.
Assisting with the crafting of student-facing communications as necessary.
Serving as primary point of contact to ensure information flows smoothly between student-facing organizations, Stanford leadership and University Communications.
Working closely with students to understand their communications needs and preferences and incorporating those perspectives into strategic plans.
A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
Other duties may be assigned.


Bachelors degree and minimum of seven years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Experience in an educational setting and in working with student populations strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience in crafting and implementing communications strategies.
Excellent writing skills and the ability to incorporate feedback from multiple sources and diverse perspectives.
Ability to articulate ideas and information clearly and accurately in conversation.
Ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal stakeholders across the university.
Ability to synthesize materials and communicate information in a manner easily understood.
Strong organizational and time management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once and consistently meet tight deadlines.

Certifications and Licenses: None


Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
Rarely sort/file paperwork.

Reference: 1152699126

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