85573 Requisition #

The Cyber Policy Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute seeks to hire an experienced, creative communications professional to join our team as our Communications Manager. As a new center, launched in 2019, the Cyber Policy Center is home to almost 40 faculty, staff and fellows across a thriving set of programs focused on the interdisciplinary study of issues at the nexus of technology, governance and public policy. Program areas address topics including cybersecurity, election security, misinformation, digital democracy and human rights, artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. 


For more information on the Cyber Policy Center, please visit https://cyber.fsi.stanford.edu/


Position Summary:  As an integral member of the Center's growing team, the Communications Manager leads and manages daily/weekly tasks and longer-term projects to craft the identity and promote the work of the Center and its programs, to both external and internal audiences. We are looking for an organized, strategic storyteller who can balance regular communications with new efforts to engage a wide audience.


Job responsibilities include: 

  • Create content for the Center's website and social media channels 

  • Produce online and print publications

  • Coordinate the production and posting of video/photos from our events 

  • Identify and write stories, Q&As, blogs and wrap-up pieces

  • Seek to place stories with and respond to queries from journalists

  • Translate Academic Research into accessible and compelling material for the broader public

An ideal candidate should enjoy working in a collaborative environment and be comfortable working across a variety of programs with different needs, while understanding the need for a cohesive brand.  A candidate with a strong interest in cyber policy issues is preferred.


This is a 100% FTE fixed-term position. The term concludes two years from the start date, and may be extended based on program need and funding availability. For consideration, please submit a resume and a cover letter.

All final candidates must complete a background check.


Job Purpose: Under minimal supervision, provide support in planning, coordinating, and implementing communication programs. Develop external written communications and design and coordinate media relations programs and efforts.


In this role, you will:

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

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

  • Assist in identifying and maintaining professional relationships with key press and community leaders.

  • Assist in preparing content for internal or external newsletters. Understand email and digital content distribution.

  • Identify individuals/groups to attend and/or speak at public meetings or other events.

  • Coordinate media, community or government relations, and ensure logistics and preparations are handled.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

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

  • Excellent written communication skills, reporting skills, and 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.

  • In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Familiarity with cyber issues and brand development preferred. Prior experience working in a university environment a plus.

* - 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.


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  • 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.

Note: 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 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.

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