Washington University in St. Louis: Seeks Senior Director Digital Communications – Public Affairs

With Who:  Washington University in St. Louis (Danforth Main Campus)

Location:  St. Louis, MO

Type of Employment:  Full-time

Position Description:  The central Digital Communications team at WashU is seeking a talented, forward-thinking individual to join the team as the Senior Director, Digital Communications.

In cooperation with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Digital Strategy, the Senior Director will participate in strategic planning and lead the team in achieving its goals and objectives by: managing and overseeing the daily operations and productivity of the office; leading the implementation of key initiatives for the team and Office of Public Affairs; and implementing an effective and sustainable measurement and reporting process for the Digital Communications team.

Over the past 5 years, this team has transformed the way it works and has successfully led the university on multiple digital communication initiatives. But we are just getting started. The future is bright and we are looking for someone to help lead us forward. Is that you?

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Lead the team on process to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness; work with campus partners to determine how to assess and report on the team’s “value add” to the university and make recommendations for improvement
  2. Work with Public Affairs, university leadership, and campus partners to determine what digital communications services are needed by the university; research new ideas and technologies; define the details of the services and how they will be delivered; lead the design and implementation of those services
  3. Lead and manage the individuals responsible for operations and process; perform yearly and mid-year evaluations; provide guidance on team member’s professional development and career planning
  4. Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications: 

  • Undergraduate degree plus 5 years of experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of 3 years’ in web strategy and realization
  • At least 3 years’ experience managing professional staff
  • Knowledge of current Web standards, design standards, and Web best practices
  • Experience employing standard practices with regard to the web development lifecycle
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with colleagues at every level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • 5+ years experience in managing professional staff
  • Experience working with external software vendors
  • Prior experience in a higher education technology environment
  • Experience or training using web content management systems such as Word Press, Drupal, Joomla, etc.
  • Background in Interface Design and/or a demonstrated understanding of working effectively with website designers
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to web standards and professionalism
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment and the ability to prioritize and self-manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated aptitude to quickly and effectively adapt to new circumstances and technologies
  • Experience with use of business applications in web-based environments
  • Ability to estimate efforts
  • Strong desire to develop new knowledge and professional skills on a continual basis
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with internal and external clients
  • Ability to work with only general supervision
  • Ability to work extra hours and recognize the need to do so
  • Ability to adjust to change and demands on time
  • Ability to think logically
  • Ability to work well independently and with others

Apply (or see more information):  Submit your application today!  https://jobs.wustl.edu/psc/APPLHRMS/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&REL_ACTION=Yes&SiteId=1&HRS_JO_PST_SEQ=1&HRS_JO_PST_TYPE=E&HRS_JOB_OPENING_ID=45502&

About Megan Gould

Ms. Gould is the Coordinator for Events, Outreach, and Public Relations for the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston.

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