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Position Detail - Assistant Director, Public Affairs and Community Engagement

Assistant Director, Public Affairs and Community Engagement

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Work type: Staff Full-Time (Hybrid)
Location: Hybrid - South Hadley, MA
Categories: Institutional & Business Affairs

Position Type: Staff Full-Time (Hybrid)

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Salary range: $60,000 - $70,000

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Assistant Director, Public Affairs and Community Engagement is a mid-level communications professional who will be part of a strategic, results-oriented team. The Assistant Director will provide outstanding communications content and outcomes to the Office of Communications and Mount Holyoke College, including promoting and elevating the overall image and reputation of the College through intentional and meaningful engagement and collaborations with external constituents and the greater community. This position is hybrid with a minimum of two days on-campus each week; however, due to the nature of the work, local proximity to the College is required with the expectation that additional time in person may be needed periodically.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with key constituencies (Office of the President, Development, Alumnae Association, Senior Team, etc.)
  • Together with the AVP for Marketing & Communications and the Director of News & Media, help develop and execute a public affairs strategy, including proactive issues management, cultivating a robust and dynamic media presence for the College, and facilitating positive engagement with the surrounding local, regional, and state organizations. 
  • Manage external communications, public relations, community engagement, media opportunities, and placements for College leadership, faculty, staff, and students. 
  • Ensure the accurate, proper, and timely flow of information to and from internal/external constituencies in support of recurring and special Communications projects.
  • Write and pitch press releases about the College and community partnerships.
  • With the Communications team, help create and manage integrated communications campaigns to promote and highlight College successes both internally and in partnership with the community. 
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Mount Holyoke College.


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in public relations, communication, marketing, journalism, or a related field, plus a minimum of 5 years of experience with demonstrated excellence in public affairs, communications, media relations, and/or marketing.
• Proven capacity for multi-tasking, with the ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously while meeting deadlines and anticipating future communications needs.
• Excellent writing skills and the ability to use language effectively.
• Strong understanding of the urgency needed to develop timely communications and exercise good judgment in prioritizing projects
• Ability to maintain confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
• Excellent writing, editing, oral communication, interpersonal, organizational, and research skills, particularly in a fast-paced environment, while reflecting institutional priorities.
• Must be able to follow up and follow through with an attention to detail; Possess a good work ethic, be committed to campus goals, represent the College well, and have a sense of community; Highly effective collaborative and interpersonal skills; Must be able to interact effectively with internal and external audiences, including faculty, staff, and students. Ability to clearly articulate the value of a liberal arts education from a women’s College that is gender diverse.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master's degree in Communications, Journalism, or English
• Experience in education


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

• Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. A job is considered sedentary if traversing is only required occasionally, and all other criteria for sedentary work are met.
• Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
• Sufficient clarity of speech required includes those which permit the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
• The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
• Employee operates office equipment and computers to perform essential duties and responsibilities

Working Conditions: 

• The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).
• Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes. Activities occur

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online; application materials must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for 3 professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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