Senior Director of Presidential Communications – University at Buffalo

November 30, 2016

The University at Buffalo is a diverse, inclusive scholarly community dedicated to bringing the benefits of its research, scholarship and creative activity, and educational excellence to global and local communities in ways that impact and positively change the world

The Senior Director of Presidential Communications, in consultation with the president’s Chief of Staff, serves as the president’s staff officer in charge of coordinating administrative and institutional communications, representing the image and the interests of the university president in all written, published, formal and semi-formal public and media communications. Primary areas of responsibility include development and formulation of communications strategies; creation of presidential publications, presentations, correspondence keynote addresses and remarks; and coordination of president’s participation in special events.



Strategize and implement best approaches to the overall presidential communications strategy ensuring the effective alignment of presidential communications and institutional messaging.

Work with and advise the president and other senior officers as appropriate to determine strategy, content, style, medium, and audience for all communications emanating from the Office of the President to ensure effective alignment with institutional communications.

Community Relations

In support of strategic communications, maintains an ongoing awareness of issues affecting the university, higher education, the local community, and the state of New York as well as a detailed understanding of the issues presented in various current publications and periodicals related to the nation, the state of New York, the region, and higher education.

Organizational Impact

Coordinate messaging and communications process with all university offices communicating on the president’s behalf, especially Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, Office of the Provost, University Communications, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Education and Special Events.

Ensure university staff are familiar with presidential priorities for institution and with major university initiatives to which presidential communications frequently refer.


Bachelor’s Degree required; Advanced degree in a professionally related discipline strongly preferred.

Three to five years of directly related and progressively responsible experience in a communications management position.

Experience in college/university or executive level administrative office is preferred.

The position requires superior communication and writing skills, demonstrated success in communicating institutional vision and values among internal and external audiences and the proven ability to create, develop and implement long and short term strategic communication plans.

The incumbent should possess advanced skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.

UB offers highly competitive salary and benefit packages.

More job information and directions on how to apply are available at this link . Or please visit our website at, posting number 1600921. Only applications received through UB Jobs by December 22, 2016 will be considered.

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

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