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Director of Communication Solutions

Apply now Department: 3670010055 Communication and Ag Education
Job no: 511167
Employment type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Executive / Director / Management, Extension Agent / Educator, Graphic Design / Printing / Publishing
Pay Grade: 12A

About This Role:

Kansas State is looking for an individual skilled at balancing stakeholder expectations, who values differences, drives engagement, and is organizationally savvy to direct and lead our Communications Solutions team. You will:

  • direct public issues management, risk and crisis communication, strategic communication, media relations, marketing communications, educational media production, and news distribution about activities of the College of Agriculture, Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service.
  • supervise and evaluate professional communication staff.
  • administer unit budget.
  • participate in university, organizational and departmental functions.
  • provide communication counsel to college administrators.

This position reports to the Department Head of Communications and Agricultural Education.

Why Join Us:

It is an exciting time in the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. We are engaging our stakeholders in new ways and meeting them where they are. As a part of the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, you will have access to faculty and students conducting meaningful and impactful communications research.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:  https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, business administration, marketing, management, or related field.
  • Five years experience managing, directing, or leading teams and individuals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in communications field.
  • Professional communications experience including personnel management and strategic or integrated communication.
  • Critical thinking, time management, and interpersonal skills applied to leading and directing others.
  • Ability to think strategically and develop implementation plans with strong follow-through and measurable results.
  • Experience in university environment, preferably a land-grant university.
  • Knowledge of current agricultural practices and the land grant mission.
  • Familiarity with digital business and communication platforms.
  • Experience with multi-platform communications, including video production and editing; audio production and editing; photography; desktop publishing using the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience with social media tools, web design, blogging platforms, data reporting tools, analytics, keyword searching and search engine optimization (SEO).
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and English language skills are required.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of application/cover letter
  2. Resumé
  3. Names and contact information for five professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by September 7, 2021.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$ 88,000 - $ 100,000 annual salary

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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