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Director of Media and Communications

Disabled Person, Inc.
Palo Alto, CA
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Full time
Vision Accommodations
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Required degree level: 
Bachelors degree

Stanford University, is recruiting a Director of Media and Communications to join their Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute (HAI) in Palo Alto, CA. Join an institute that is working to advance AI research, education, policy and practice to improve the human condition. This is a hybrid position; a minimum of 3 days on-site is expected.

Position summary:

The Media and Communications Director (MCD) will recruit, develop, and manage a team, coordinating all media and communication activities of the HAI Institute and working with its partner organizations on campus, overseeing collaborations with faculty, fellows, researchers, and staff that translate academic material into accessible and compelling material for target audiences, and produce and place content in major U.S. and international media outlets and on social media. The MCD will also oversee the continued development and updating of the HAI website and social media accounts, hiring and managing a team to execute the overall communications and outreach strategy. The communications team will also support development activities, as appropriate.


- Oversee the strategic direction of long- and short-term communication plans with direct impact to a unit or program.
- Lead the development and implementation of creative, compelling, and effective means of communicating the innovations, academic excellence, and essential nature of a unit or program
- Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve communication goals supporting an individual unit’s communication strategy. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees
- In conjunction with University Communication, lead an individual unit’s crisis communication response including emergency matters as well as issues with reputational impact
- Partner with institutional communicators on the individual unit’s overall communication strategy, key messages, and media relations content, and other areas to advance the university’s priorities and mission


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and ten years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

- Advanced written and oral communication skills, outstanding research and analytical skills
- Demonstrated ability to lead collaborative efforts with internal communications groups across campus
- Depth of experience, sound judgment, and confidence befitting a leadership position
Strong strategic and tactical thinking ability
- Proven ability to manage complex issues through diverse and competing interests
- Outstanding communications skills and presence at all levels and for all audiences
- Excellent influencing, negotiating, and relationship management skills
- Demonstrated ability to earn credibility and influence others
- Demonstrated excellence in synthesizing complex materials and communicating highly technical information in a manner easily understood
- Creative thinker with a desire and ability to seek and optimize opportunities
- Proven management skills and the ability to build and sustain a best in class communications team

We invite you to learn more about our organization here:

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This is a hybrid position; a minimum of 3 days on-site is expected.
186 000 gross annual income