Director of College Relations

Position: Director of College Relations

Category: Administration
Department: Development
Date Posted: August 7th, 2013

Position Summary:
The Director is responsible for the creation, management and implementation of
Elmira College’s efforts in branding, marketing, public relations, and communication in the appropriate print and electronic formats, to promote increased student admissions, alumni and community engagement, fund-raising success and awareness. The Director may be expected to contribute to other college activities that generate community goodwill and support the mission of the College.

College Relations Functional Management and Leadership
The Director is required to lead the Office of College Relations, under the supervision of the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Writing, Design, and Electronic Media
The successful candidate will be the principal writer and designer of college publications and will manage print and electronic media projects from conception to completion. Candidates must have proven ability to write effectively for marketing and advancement purposes. The Director should be a master of print and web design, and have the creative savvy to tell the College’s story through beautifully crafted and clever publications and web applications. Candidates must have a superior command of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and related collateral software.

An ability to manage and thrive in a fast-paced, complex environment with multiple assignments of mixed priority is a must.

The Director will serve as the liaison between the College, outside printers, mailing services, and other related vendors. In this regard, the Director will be expected to be the College’s expert on printing trends and techniques, as well as mailing regulations for publications.

External communication
The Director is required to write copy or delegate writing tasks to other PR writers or contracted writers and designers.

This includes news releases and any other college-related or sponsored news articles. This position also is responsible for writing feature-style copy for internal and external communication pieces, including Campus magazine, the College website, newsletters and other college-related or college-sponsored material.

Media Relations
The Director is required to coordinate media relations and coordinate with College leadership for crisis communication efforts. The Director also will work with the Office of the President on all significant public statements

• Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, Marketing or related field
• Five to eight years’ experience in public relations, communications, marketing, design, journalism, or related field
• Strong writing, editing, design, and management skills

• Master's degree in a related field

Finalists will be expected to bring a portfolio of work if selected for an interview.

To Apply:
Send letter of interest, resume, salary history or expectations, and contact information for at least three professional references to:
Elmira College
Office of Human Resources
One Park Place
Elmira, New York 14901
Or email

Elmira College, founded in 1855, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.