Assistant Director of Communications

George Mason University   Fairfax, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 8, 2022
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Assistant Director of Communications

The George Mason University, Division of University Life (UL), invites applications for an Assistant Director of Communications. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About University Life’s Communication and Marketing Team:
The Division of University Life at George Mason University is seeking interested and qualified candidates for our Assistant Director of Communications position. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications for University Life, this position coordinates and manages high-priority communications for Mason undergraduate students, focusing on the first-year experience. This role oversees content creation to inform various student populations using multiple distribution channels.



The Assistant Director of Communications develops and maintains comprehensive communication for incoming students focusing on undergraduate first-time, full-time, and transfer students. The Assistant Director leads and supports a campus-wide, cross-divisional communications stakeholder group to disseminate information about deadlines, processes, and programs to improve student success, student engagement and degree completion rates. Additional responsibilities include working collaboratively with various campus partners to identify communication needs, developing and executing plans to leverage Mason technology platforms to facilitate a digital first year experience, and coordinates special projects as assigned. 


Required Qualifications:

  • An earned master’s degree in communications, marketing, higher education, or a related field; or a combination of education and experience equivalent to the earned degree;
  • Demonstrated ability to create content and communicate clearly using different channels and audiences;
  • Knowledge of writing styles for public relations and publication procedures, as well as communication styles using multimedia and content for websites;
  • Effective organizational, interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive communication with discretion.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced project management skills and experience, including: identifying and creating teams identifying the process, roles, and timeline to reach key goals and produce deliverables, integrating information and input to create project plans that will achieve team objectives; tracking tasks and recommending actions to correct course as needed; and ensuring that projects achieve the agreed-upon level of quality while remaining on schedule and on budget;
  • Advanced capability with social media applications; familiarity with graphic design software (Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign);
  • Previous experience working in an educational setting.


Special Instructions to Applicants: 

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application, and upload cover letter, resume, work portfolio including 3 writing samples and also related communication plans and/or design layouts, and a list of three professional references with contact information.


Equity Statement: 

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.