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Job Title: Director of Communications - Oak Ridge Institute
Company Name: University of Tennessee
Location: Knoxville, TN United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 10/30/2020
Expire Date: 12/30/2020
Job Categories: Education, Telecommunications
Job Description
Director of Communications - Oak Ridge Institute
The Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee (ORI at UT) seeks a Director of Communications who will develop and implement an integrated and comprehensive communications plan to build brand awareness and recognition, convey understanding and inspire excitement about ORI at UT’s mission. This is a highly collaborative position that requires an ability to balance multiple tasks at one time, prioritize, work with diverse constituencies, and manage competing obligations in a complex, multi-faceted, fast-paced environment. The Director of Communications will report directly to the ORI at UT Director and sit on the ORI at UT Director’s Leadership Team and will collaborate with the ORI at UT Leadership Team; ORNL, UT Campus and System Communications Teams; and the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.

The Director of Communications will communicate through the development, preparation and dissemination of materials to internal and external constituencies including faculty, staff, students, ORNL staff scientists, external advisors, corporate and federal representatives with the primary goals of:

Increasing awareness of ORI at UT;
Developing ORI at UT branding and communication strategies;
Sharing success stories related to ORI at UT; and
Reporting to the public regarding stewardship of public funds.


Minimum Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Science, Communications, or similar field
Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the areas of communications, marketing, visual communications, strategy management and development of content management systems and social media content.

Minimum Required Skills and Abilities:

Expert working knowledge of communication best practices
Ability to take complex ideas and research and communicate them to diverse audiences who may have little scientific background
Exemplary writing, editing, and copy-editing skills, knowledge of Associated Press style
Independent judgment, strong organization and communication skills, and superior customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas
Excellent, demonstrable computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, database programs, Internet searches, and web-based software
Planning, problem-solving, analytical, organizational, and project management skills
Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
Ability to make decisions that have a significant impact on the management and operations of ORI at UT
Ability to contribute to the overall strategy and direction of ORI at UT
Ability to think strategically and work independently to achieve goals
Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines
Ability to influence and build work relationships among a diverse workforce at all levels

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Science, Communications, or similar field
Prior work experience in communications in higher education or national lab
Experience in data management and analysis in regard to effectiveness of communication methods
Proficiency in AP style
Experience with WordPress
Experience with InDesign and Photoshop

Additional Information 

 Please attach the following electronic documents to the application: Cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses (postal and electronic), and telephone numbers of at least three references.
Contact: Jean Mercer, jmerce10@utk.edu


University of Tennessee: http://www.utk.edu/
Oak Ridge Institute at UT: https://research.tennessee.edu/oak-ridge-institute/
Employment & Benefits: http://www.utk.edu/facultyandstaff//
Benefits Summary for Active Employees: http://humanresources.tennessee.edu/benefits/gen_benefits_info.html

Applicants should apply electronically at: https://hr.utk.edu/staff-positions/ Candidates must submit a resume with a minimum of three references. 


Job   Other Professional 

Primary Location   US-Tennessee-Knoxville 

Organization  Oak Ridge Institute 

Schedule  Full-time 

Campus/Institute  Knoxville 

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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