Director of Communications
Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health
Requisition Number S21090
Open Date 09/04/2020 - Close Date 10/02/2020
Salary Information $70,600 – $95,300Work Schedule
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., occassional evenings and weekends.
Potential periodic domestic and international travel, including to sub-Saharan Africa.
Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health offers innovative research & education programs to design and implement new technologies to solve real global health challenges. The Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360°) program led by Rice 360° is an eight-year initiative to enable African hospitals to provide comprehensive newborn care and to establish a pipeline of local innovators, technicians and medical staff, in partnership with an international group of engineers, physicians, health experts and entrepreneurs from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sub-Sahara Africa. The first phase of the project will focus on Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.
Rice 360° is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of director of communications. The director of communications, under the supervision of the Rice 360° executive director and the faculty co-directors, Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Dr. Maria Oden, is responsible for advancing the Institute’s mission by developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive communications and marketing effort to enhance visibility of its programs, expanding the Institute’s audience and prominence and increasing donor support. This position is responsible for the editorial direction, design, production, and distribution of all Rice 360° communications needs, including the Institute’s website, social media, informational documents, promotional and event materials, newsletters and invitations.
The ideal candidate has extensive working knowledge of the use of communications platforms to generate awareness, galvanize resources, build partnerships and influence systems change for global health and development issues in the global south, experience with strategic communications to support engineering education and innovation programs and/or maternal, neonatal and child health programs, experience working in a multi-cultural environment and is willing and able to periodically travel internationally, particularly across sub-Saharan Africa.
Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.
- Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communication, marketing, journalism, english, or closely related field
- Master’s degree
Experience Required 8 years
Type of Experience: Related experience in communications/public relations.
Substitution for Experience Requirement: May substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.
Related experience in all of the following areas:
- Communicating complex engineering, public health and/or scientific concepts to a variety of audiences
- Using communications efforts to increase broad awareness of and support for global health and development issues
- Using communications efforts to inform political and financial support for health and development goals in the developing world with governmental and non-state organizations
- Conception, design, and management of communications strategies, initiatives and materials
- Copy writing, editing, web writing, photography, graphic design, creating program collateral material and/or presentation design
- Social media communications
- Media relations
- Managing and leading a team
- Strong communication skills both oral and writtenSkills Preferred
- Organization and creativity skills
- Analytical problem solving skills
- Expertise in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)Internal / External Contacts
- Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs and/or other publishing and design software
- Familiar with new media applications and social media outlets
- Knowledge of communications issues related to higher education
- Public Health knowledge
- Demonstrated sensitivity to low resource settings
- Knowledge of the interests and needs of engineering, science, technology and education reporters in multiple forms of media highly desirable
- Ability to use imagination and innovation to effectively communicate with appropriate audiences and constituent groups
- Ability to be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to details and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Ability to work under deadline with flexibility, tact, good judgment, discretion, and take initiative
- Ability to demonstrate Rice 360° Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service
Internal: Significant contact with leaders, managers, and communications specialists in Public Affairs and the Development Office
External: Contact with donors, news media, vendors who handle printing and mailing of publicationsPhysical Demands
Requires working at a computer for extended periods of time (up to eight hours per day).Working Conditions
- Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with occasional evening and weekend workEssential Personnel
- Some domestic and/or international travel
Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.Rice University Standard of Civility
Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.Security Sensitive
As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.Quick Link for Postinghttp://jobs.rice.edu/postings/24533