Senior Communications Specialist

California, United States
22 Jul 2019
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22 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


If you’re a top-flight communications professional, a creative storyteller, a prolific, multi-channel content creator, an innovative comm strategist and counselor, an inspired people person, a confident presenter, an inventive, collaborative, and a flexible teammate, you’re perfect for us.

This position is part of the University IT Communications team, a 600-person strong Stanford University technology department located on campus and responsible for developing and delivering on communication strategies that support the organization’s mission and 100+ services. It includes curating, crafting, and delivering content in traditional and innovative ways.

Still interested? Here are more specifics of what we’re looking for.

A prolific content curator, creator, editor, and strategist

You are skillful at:

  • finding and identifying relevant and meaningful content;
  • working with subject matter experts to understand the intricacies of topics that are often technical or dry;
  • crafting messages so that they are engaging, action-oriented, broadly consumable or specifically directed;
  • seeing the big picture and devising communication action plans that drive toward specific and measurable goals;
  • counseling and leading others to the best communication approaches and strategies for the particular circumstances and goals.
  • A strong verbal communicator and presenter
  • You are proficient at clearly articulating important information (general and instructional) in all types of scenarios, from individual meetings with peers, to small discussions with senior leadership, to presentations with large client audiences.
  • A multi-channel specialist
  • You value and bring to bear all available approaches to improve communications, including a combination of text, graphics, animation, and video.
  • A people person
  • You are comfortable walking over to see a colleague, initiating meetings, and interacting with others you don’t know well or at all.
  • You are relationship oriented and focused not just on the immediate task at hand, but on long-term collaboration with colleagues, partners, and clients.
  • You don’t necessarily have to be able to “do” all the work…we’re a team. But the more you can do, the more powerfully you can contribute to the team.
  • Following is the standard Stanford job description for this type of position. It provides some additional general information that might help you decide. If it sounds like a good fit, please apply. We’re a great team doing great things.

Stanford Stanford Job Description: Marketing Specialist 3


Directs the development and implementation of marketing initiatives for high impact offerings, enabling programs, services, events and/or products to meet business objectives. May negotiate vendor relationships. Identify and implement process improvements. Direct cross-functional collaboration across the organization.

Core duties*:

  • Develop, lead and execute strategic marketing plans/programs to meet business objectives.
  • Build and lead the execution of integrated communication strategy which uses the brand strategy, incorporating appropriate channels (i.e., web, print, email, online).
  • Define and conduct market research, including competitive benchmarking, identification of market opportunities, and campaign/program/service/event analysis. Use the results to make strategic decisions.
  • Communicate marketing plans across the organization and/or university to educate and influence stakeholders
  • Build partnerships with other school, department, product, service, program, and event and/or channel managers.
  • May lead event management to support marketing objectives.
  • Handle key vendor and consultant relationships.
  • Scope and manage project/program budget(s).
  • May oversee interns and other contingent staff; provide staff training.

- Other duties may also be assigned

Minimum requirements:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience; or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior leaders.
  • Deep understanding of strategic analysis, customer segmentation strategies and business and marketing planning.
  • Demonstrated experience in integrated marketing strategy and execution across channels including digital; and print.
  • Demonstrated application of market research and data analysis.
  • Excellent project manager with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience presenting to senior management.

Certifications and Licenses:


Physical requirements*:

  • 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.

Working conditions:

Occasional work on evenings and weekends.

Work standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates dedication 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,

Why Stanford is for You:

Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and rare perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.
  • Redwood City. Our new Stanford Redwood City campus, scheduled to open in 2019, will be the workplace for approximately 2,700 staff, including University IT, whose jobs are important to supporting Stanford's mission. The campus will offer amenities such as onsite cafes and a dining pavilion, a high-end fitness facility with an outdoor pool, and a childcare center for Stanford families.

How to Apply:

We invite you to apply for this role by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. Please submit your resume and a one-page cover letter along with your online application.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4894
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: K
Requisition ID: 83985