Emory University Dir, Communications/Outreach in Atlanta, Georgia


Job Requisition ID:



900010:Provost Communications

Job Description:


  • Develops, supports and ensures consistent branding, unified messaging, strategic communications, and the management of key engagement programs and events.

  • Provides leadership and expertise in the creation and execution of communication strategies and oversees the production of communications.

  • Collaborates with Office of the Provost leadership to devise guidelines, policies, and processes to provide quality control for communication programs and media activities, consistent with Office of the Provost messaging standards.

  • Partners with University Communications and Public Affairs, as well as other offices across campus regarding the execution of communication initiatives.

  • Oversees the management of Office of the Provost events and outreach programs to ensure alignment with the Provost's mission and strategic goals.

  • Reporting to the Provost's Chief of Staff, with joint reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, sets and guides the strategy for all communications and engagement efforts in the Office of the Provost.

  • Serves as the communications director for the Office of the Provost, coordinating all communications targeted to key audiences and stakeholders.

  • Directly oversees and provides strategic vision for Communications and Outreach in the Office of the Provost, including operational, human resources, strategic planning, compliance, and reporting.

  • Hires, supervises and evaluates staff.

  • Operational Leadership and Management - Serves as the primary communications professional to guide, coach and direct Office of the Provost leadership to produce unified messaging; oversees day-to-day operations and ensures messaging and delivery is appropriate of specific year-round communications programs including newsletters, web updates, and social media; identifies opportunities to support Office of the Provost initiatives, strategic goals and develops communications materials and programs to promote and publicize these activities; represents the Office of the Provost on campus-wide committees; oversees the development and implementation of ongoing use of communication tools as well as Provost messages, fact sheets and talking points for messaging on initiatives, plus newsletters, electronic communications, web site content, feature stories and other promotional materials; collaborates with internal and partner offices to identify communication needs and lead strategies and tactics to support Office of the Provost's vision; spearheads efforts that move forward the Office of the Provost constituent engagement vision.

  • Executive and Critical Communications - Drafts talking points, statements, press releases, emails, reports and presentations for the Provost; serves as a strategic advisor to the Provost, Chief of Staff and other leaders from Office of the Provost on issues pertaining to messaging, timing, and overall communication needs; works closely with senior leadership and Emory Communications and Public affairs to anticipate communication needs, understands various audiences and constituencies, and responds quickly and professionally using the appropriate tone in a proactive manner.

  • Events and Outreach - Provides strategic thought and planning to all events and outreach efforts designed to expand engagement and community across all Office of the Provost stakeholders; leads the development and management of all events sponsored and hosted by the Provost; collaborate on events that promote and provide greater visibility for faculty engagement and academic initiatives; reviews and approves event plans and summaries ensuring that overall goals and objectives are attained. Compliance - Complies with legal and ethical standards, policies and procedures, including legal and compliance issues in communication materials and event planning. Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor's in English, Communications, Journalism, Business, or related field is required and five years of experience in communications experience as well as progressively responsible related leadership experience OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

  • Supervisory experience with proven ability to direct operational activities and staff.

  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to see the big picture as well as have a good rapport with organization leadership and colleagues.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, visual design, and publishing applications.


  • Master's or advanced degree; proven leadership skills; demonstrated ability to think both at the detailed and big picture levels; customer service oriented with excellent interpersonal, listening and speaking skills; strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills; project management and process development experience; must possess the ability to tactfully critique work, have knowledge of grammar and punctuation rules and effective writing skills that are clear, concise, and logically organized; experience conceptualizing, supervising, and executing projects from start to finish; ability to navigate a complex environment and anticipate the needs of senior leaders; ability to exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy and an impeccable commitment to confidentiality; experience working with academic professionals in a higher education organization; advanced skills in relationship management; results-driven and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working comfortably independently and within a team.

Operating Unit/Division:

EVP Provost Academic Affairs

Job Title:

Dir, Communications/Outreach

This position involves::

Not Applicable

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Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Bldg, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).