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Stanford University, one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, is forming its first new school in 70+ years to address global climate and sustainability challenges. The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will focus on a unifying goal of creating a future in which humans and nature thrive together in concert and in perpetuity. Faculty, students, and staff will advance this goal through a structure composed of academic departments; institutes, including the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy; and a Sustainability Accelerator, which will be focused on externalizing policy and technology solutions at scale. Three primary pathways to impact will guide the units who are joining forces in the new school:

 

  • Advancing knowledge critical to sustaining life on Earth
  • Preparing students as future sustainability leaders through rigorous, engaged education
    and research
  • Catalyzing informed action globally to generate and accelerate local, national, and global solutions to the defining challenge for humanity

 

Our Diversity Journey:

 

  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people. 
  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community.  
  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

 

The Communications Manager raises the profile of Stanford’s environmental research, programs, events, and experts while producing a multifaceted portfolio of content and collateral that connects solutions-oriented research to action. In addition to translating findings from our world-class researchers, the Manager also spotlights interdisciplinary, cross-sector collaborations taking place on- and off-campus, reflecting our impact and inspiring scholars, partners, and supporters to join our efforts. This role is primarily responsible for producing editorial content and other written collateral; planning/implementing news media and social media strategies; and executing communications initiatives with a focus on engaging external stakeholders and constituents. The Communications Manager reports to the Institute’s Associate Director for Communications and will coordinate closely with the Institute’s peer communicators in the university’s new school of sustainability. This position will be based on the Stanford campus and includes options for hybrid work/telecommuting up to 3 days a week, subject to operational need. This position will be hired through the Woods Institute for the Environment and will support its core activities while collaborating with the broader community of staff working to advance the new school's launch and goals.

 

 

CORE DUTIES:

 

  • Conceptualize, research, write, and distribute written communications, including news stories, tip sheets, Q&As, web content, social media posts, talking points, and correspondence.
  • Collaborate with key researchers to develop strategies and tactics for facilitating effective communications and engagement with key audiences.
  • Plan, research, write, design and distribute digital content using bulk email tools.
  • Identify individuals/groups to respond to media or speaker requests.
  • Manage white paper and report publications process including copy editing, photo procurement, and securing/managing contract graphic design services.
  • Coordinate media relations responses/efforts, and ensure logistics and preparations are handled.
  • Serve as a project manager responsible for meeting deadlines and milestones related to communications deliverables.
  • Maintain Woods website content and oversee work of web development/maintenance contractors; ensure ease-of-use, updated, relevant and organized content and site analytics.

 

Specifically, this role will be engaged in the following:

 

  • Publicity & Promotion: Conceptualizing, researching, producing, and posting/distributing written communications, including feature and news stories, web content, talking points, correspondence, and social media posts; writing/editing/distributing the Stanford Environmental Research Year-in-Review; providing updates to shared editorial calendars and coordinating broader editorial efforts with Woods and Stanford communications teams
  • Planning & Strategy: Co-designing and implementing program, event and initiative-specific communications strategies and plans; managing relationships and projects with vendors including graphic designers, copyeditors, videographers, and printers.
  • Internal Communications: Participating in regular meetings of key researchers with media relations needs to develop strategies and tactics for facilitating effective communications; and drafting reports for internal and external audiences.
  • Constituency Building and Engagement: Understanding email and digital content platforms (e.g., Mailchimp) for use in maintaining contact lists and designing/distributing materials as well as building our audience; and
  • Donor Stewardship: Working with researchers and external relations colleagues to prepare backgrounders, factsheets, presentations, reports, and other materials used for advancement and donor stewardship.

 

Application Process: To be considered, candidates must please include a cover letter and resume with their Stanford application. Please note a writing test and background check will be required for all final candidates.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

 

Education & Experience:

 

Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 

  • Excellent written communication skills, reporting skills, and skills in conceptual editing, copy editing, and proof reading.
  • Proficient with: G-Suite, digital email/CRM tools (e.g., Mailchimp) and web content management tools/platforms (e.g., Drupal)
  • 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.

 

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.

 

* - 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 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

 

We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

 

Why Stanford is for You

 

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. 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 unique 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!

 

*The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

 

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

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