Communications Manager, Stanford Global Studies Division

California, United States
05 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Family: Communications
Job Series: Public Relations
Job Code: 4263
Grade: I
Exemption: Exempt

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description


The Stanford Global Studies (SGS) Division oversees 14 area- or thematically-focused centers and programs, providing an arena for students and scholars to explore our increasingly complex world from multiple economic, political, social, technological, and cultural perspectives. Through its network of more than 400 affiliated faculty and educational programs that reach students at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. levels, SGS contributes to every facet of international engagement on campus: faculty research, doctoral training, community life, and undergraduate and graduate education. In addition, two centers within the Division are currently designated National Resource Centers through the Department of Education Title VI grant program.


Under the supervision of the SGS Executive Director, and in collaboration with SGS stakeholders, the CM will help develop, lead, and implement the Stanford Global Studies Division’s communications strategy with the goal of raising the visibility of the Division and the work of its centers and programs both on campus (to Stanford students, faculty, administrators) and to external audiences including but not limited to alumni, community members, donors and potential donors. The CM will serve as the Division’s lead writer and editor, and as such must have extremely strong writing skills in a variety of contexts, including but not limited to writing annual reports, news articles, press releases, and text for electronic and social media.

This position is multi-faceted and dynamic. Candidates should be self-starters, comfortable with autonomy, possess strong communication skills, and be willing to embrace opportunities to shape programmatic initiatives and to work with the SGS leadership to drive these initiatives to completion. Successful candidates should preferably have experience in a higher education or similar setting; degree or demonstrated interest in a related disciplinary field is strongly desired.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter and resume in addition to the online application.


  • Participate in regular meetings of key stakeholders with media relations needs to develop strategies and tactics for facilitating effective communications.

  • Develop, execute and oversee written communications of moderate complexity, including presentations, speeches, news stories, web content, talking points, and correspondence and social media posts.

  • Prepare content for internal or external newsletters. Understand email and digital content distribution.

  • Serve as a project leader for public relations activities of small to moderate complexity.

  • Provide public relations support for audiences that are both internal and external to the university.

  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external partners

  • Identify and maintain professional relationships with key press, policy influencers and community leaders.

  • Assist in developing strategies for brand management, reputation management and issues management of moderate complexity.

  • May supervise others.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Advanced degree in a related field preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent written communication skills, reporting skills, and advanced skills in conceptual editing, copy editing, and proof reading.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal communications groups across campus.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with a variety of people.

  • Capacity to write and synthesize materials and communicate information in a manner easily understood.

  • Experience with Drupal, MailChimp, My Emma, Salesforce, social media, and other platforms strongly preferred.

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.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.

  • On call and ability to respond 24/7.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.