• Full Time
  • Anywhere

UC San Diego

Closing Date: April 24, 2024

UC San Diego
Hiring Pay Scale: $91,300.00 – $93,250 /year

Take your career to the next level with the University Communications Public Relations team as the Associate Director, Internal Communications. We’re looking for creative thinkers with an understanding of all aspects of communications, from developing effective communications strategies and working with media to collaborating on sensitive or complex issues. If you’re a motivated self-starter with a passion for storytelling and a desire to be a part of an institution that’s making a difference in the world, then we invite you apply for this exciting opportunity to grow your career!

Reporting to the Executive Director, Internal Communications, the Associate Director, Internal Communications holds a pivotal role as the strategic communications and media relations professional for various units, working directly with Vice Chancellors, Deans and senior management in Student Affairs; Academic Affairs; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Enrollment Management; Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs; and The Preuss School UC San Diego. The Associate Director also collaborates with colleagues in University Communications and across campus to achieve strategic institutional and University Communications goals while championing a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion that emphasizes respect and delivering exceptional customer service to all stakeholders.

In this position, you’ll be expected to showcase excellent written and verbal communications skills and strategic thinking in developing communications plans as well as diverse content such as articles, scripts, press releases, videos, reports, speeches, talking points and more for a variety of channels including newsletters, websites, collateral and social media. You should have experience working proactively with the media and an interest in engaging with and growing your expertise in issues management and crisis communications. You’ll also be expected to help maintain editorial and brand standards, ensuring that the UC San Diego story remains consistent in the way it’s told and experienced.

  • Submission of a cover letter along with a resume is required for a complete application.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area with 1-3 years of relevant experience, or equivalent experience / training.
  • Media relations experience.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills. Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely communicate ideas, thoughts, complex problems and position statements. Must possess a strong portfolio of interpersonal skills: ability to interact with tact and diplomacy with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and organizational levels, ability to constructively handle complaints, ability to be flexible, to work collaboratively and to listen well and engender trust.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to write and communicate effectively in a variety of ways (magazine articles, scripts, press releases, reports, speeches, brochures, white papers, talking points, etc.) and in ways appropriate for targeted audiences (media, support groups, legislators, etc.)
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management, and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in news judgment and strong demonstrated interviewing skills.
  • Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html



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