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Job Description COMM SPEC 4 Working Title AAPI Data Director of Communications
Job Code 005887 Grade 24
Department Name Center for Social Innovation Dept - D02053 Department Head Subramanian Ramakrishnan
Supervisor Fontane Lo Effective Date 01/10/2024
Position(s) Directly Supervised
Job Code Title FTE
007455 DIGITAL COMM SPEC 3 1.0

Generic Scope
Technical leader with a high degree of knowledge in the overall field and recognized expertise in specific areas; problem-solving frequently requires analysis of unique issues/problems without precedent and/or structure. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy.

Custom Scope
Independently oversees a comprehensive communications program for a unit or school with a large, complex communications program requiring a wide variety of communications media, including written, visual, digital and electronic, and associated technical applications. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy for a highly visible program.

Department Custom Scope
The AAPI Data project at the University of California, Riverside seeks a Director of Communications to join their team. The Director of Communications works to advance data equity -- that institutions and organizations commit the resources and commitments necessary to ensure equity in how population data is collected and reported, including disaggregated data by ethnicity, gender, and other categories. The Director of Communications partners with government agencies, community organizations, news organizations, research centers, and private philanthropy to support pathways for greater data equity. Reporting to the Deputy Director of AAPI Data, the Director of Communications develops and implements strategies to dissemination of research and data to inform public discourse and decision-making. Strong candidates for the role are adept packaging data and research for a general audience, have experience working with reporters at major news outlets (such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post), and have a working knowledge of how data can shape narrative. The Director of Communications is expected to bring excellent project management skills, with a track record of managing multiple collaborative projects in a fast-paced environment. Candidates most likely to succeed in this role bring a commitment to equity and inclusion and a relationship-based approach to all that they do. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience working on issues that impact the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. This position is fully remote, located anywhere in the United States.

Education & Experience Requirements

Education Requirements
Degree Requirement
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required

Experience Requirements
Experience Requirement
6 - 10 years of related experience. Required

License Requirements

Certification Requirements
Certification Requirement

Educational Condition Requirements
Condition Requirement

Key Responsibilities

Description % Time
Manages complex comprehensive communications programs, including written, visual, digital, and electronic communications, for large, highly visible organizations.
Ensures production of high quality products that effectively deliver the desired message within budget and time constraints.
Maintain ongoing partnerships with key external stakeholders (reporters at major news outlets, communication directors and leadership at federal and state agencies).
Works with departmental, college or division administration to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.
Produces a variety of communication pieces in a variety of venues including written, visual, digital, and electronic communications.
Identifies specific communications needs and develops the content and process for organizational improvements.
Works with management to build an organizational brand and create tools for positioning the organization strategically with the organization's clients.
Manages all aspects of AAPI Data's website - blogs, data publication, portals to share data and other information. A web design refresh is planned for 2024.
Oversee and mentor communications staff.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge/Skill/Ability Requirement
Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills. Required
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. Required
Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management, and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills. Required
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. Required
Advanced knowledge and understanding of technical applications to direct professional technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications. Required
Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long and short term strategic communication plans. Required
Advanced knowledge of the organization, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure; strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education and/or health sciences. Preferred
Thorough knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally. Preferred
Experience working with major news outlets (such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post). Preferred
Experience working with communications directors and leadership at partner organizations, such as federal and state agencies and community organizations. Preferred
Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience working on issues that impact the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. Preferred

Special Requirements & Conditions
Special Condition Requirement

Other Special Requirements & Conditions

Level of Supervision Received


Working Environment
Fully remote with project-based travel

Other Requirements

Items Used
  • Standard Office Equipment

Physical Requirements
  • Bend : Occasionally
  • Sit : Constantly
  • Squat : Occasionally
  • Stand : Occasionally
  • Crawl : N/A
  • Walk : Occasionally
  • Climb : N/A

Mental Requirements
  • Read/Comprehend : Constantly
  • Write : Constantly
  • Perform Calculations : Occasionally
  • Communicate Orally : Constantly
  • Reason & Analyze : Constantly

Environmental Requirements
  • Is exposed to excessive noise : No
  • Is around moving machinery : No
  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity : No
  • Drives motorized equipment : No
  • Works in confined quarters : No
  • Dust : No
  • Fumes : No

Critical Position

Is Critical Position: Yes

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