Director of Communications – Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK • Full-time


About the job

The Director of Communications will work within Oklahoma State University’s Department of Brand Management and oversee university-wide communications and public relations efforts to enhance Oklahoma State University's reputation and support its mission and brand.


The Director is a member of the Brand Management leadership team and is responsible for strategic communications planning, presidential and executive communications, media relations and crisis issues management. This role is entrusted with confidential and sensitive material, exercises independent judgment and acts as spokesperson for OSU in media relations and issues management situations.

The Director has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of an effective strategic media relations program to enhance and influence the quality, quantity, and tone of media coverage for Oklahoma State University. This individual will also ensure OSU experts, scholarship, thought leadership, innovations in higher education, etc. are effectively promoted to various audiences across various communications platforms to enhance and protect the institution's reputation.

Additional responsibilities include working collaboratively with Brand Management leadership, directing the University's media relations activities; coordinating communications to the campus; serving as institutional spokesperson, directing and advising OSU's crisis or emergency response communications; writing and editing key content based on strategic goals; providing communications strategy and counsel; interacting with the University's various publics; consulting with the administration on important internal, state and national issues; provide direction for editorial content; coordinating with communicators from across the OSU System to improve communications results; and planning, budgeting, and personnel development and oversight.


The Director will represent OSU Brand Management in meetings with campus entities and strategic partners including the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Foundation, Athletics, academic colleges, etc.

This position must have an understanding of current strategic communications, marketing and outreach strategies and an adaptable writing style for various audiences. The individual should be highly organized and have the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities. Additionally, this individual must be adept at working with individuals at various roles and leadership levels, collecting feedback and improving communications based on information received. The individual should demonstrate self-direction, creativity and strategic thinking in finding new opportunities to showcase Oklahoma State University.


About our team:

The Department of Brand Management oversees all representations of the Oklahoma State University brand. Our areas of expertise include media relations, crisis communications, internal/external messaging, branding, advertising, recruitment communications, visual media, digital strategy and more. This department aims to elevate Oklahoma State University’s profile by showcasing programs, resources and expertise as well as garnering recognition for its efforts within the state, nation and world. Learn more at brand.okstate.edu.


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