Salisbury University — Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications

Salisbury University, a member of the University System of Maryland, is a regionally accredited four-year comprehensive institution offering 61 distinct graduate and undergraduate programs. Located on the historic Eastern Shore, SU’s beautiful campus is some 30 miles from the Atlantic beaches and 2.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Salisbury University is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications in the Office of the President.

Primary Job Duties:  Plan, develop and execute all communications for the President’s Office as well as manage university communications for the Executive Staff. Plan and manage social media, email, video, and other mediums of communication for the President’s Office. Write and prepare speeches, remarks, briefing memorandums, proposals and correspondence for the President’s Office and Executive Staff. Staff the President at events and meetings on and off-campus. Work with the Chief of Staff and Executive Staff to lead special projects, events, and strategic initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, marketing, journalism, business administration, or political science or a related field and seven to ten (7-10) years of related experience or Master’s degree in the same disciplines or related field and five to seven (5-7) years of related experience.  Prior professional level communication experience in either not-for-profit, government, business/industry, or preferred in Education. 

Demonstrated leadership, strategic thinking and the ability to effectively research to understand the subject material, context, and audience when creating communications for senior-level executives. Demonstrated proficiency and skill in the principles and practices of effective writing, editing, proofreading, reporting in executive communication content creation, including social media messages. Knowledge and vision to take on and deliver broad-scope, high impact projects and/or communications in support of strategic goals, mission, and vision. Ability to work discretely on sensitive and confidential assignments and maintains the trust and confidence of the senior-level executives.

Must be detail oriented and have excellent interpersonal, customer service, organization and planning, prioritization, problem solving, follow through, time management, and oral & written communication skills. Also, must be flexible and possess the ability to successfully handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and work well under pressure, independently, and in a team-oriented environment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required.  

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience in communication data analytics and tools is desired.

This is a full-time exempt State position with a full benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is considered essential and may be expected to report to work when the campus is closed such as in extreme weather conditions. This position requires evening and weekend hours as needed based on the needs of the Office of the President.  

To be considered an applicant, you must apply online and submit all of the following: A cover letter, resume, and three writing samples. Please submit writing samples in Word, PowerPoint or PDF format.  All documents that you wish to provide must be attached to your application in the Online Employment Application System. Please do not send any documents via E-mail. Three professional references will be requested and required before the final stages of the search. Candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted.  

Applications received by June 13, 2022 will be given first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. 

Applications will be accepted via Salisbury University’s Online Employment Application System. Please visit our website http://www.salisbury.edu/hr/careers/ to apply online. See the FAQs of the Online Employment Application System for more information and instructions.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Salisbury University. We strive to create a truly diverse and inclusive environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives of our community is harnessed to create value for our University community to include students, faculty, and staff, today and in the future.  To this end, the University recruits exceptional and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across Maryland, the United States, and around the world, supporting all members of the University community as they work together to achieve institutional goals and vision.  To learn more about the University’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus, please visit http://www.salisbury.edu/equity/.   

Salisbury University (SU) has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and equal employment opportunities to all qualified people.  To that end, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics.  Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to: Humberto Aristizabal, Associate Vice President, Institutional Equity, Title IX Coordinator, 100 Holloway Hall, Tel. (410) 548-3508.

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