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Communications Director

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98104
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Communications Director

Req #: 183518
Department: UW Bothell - CRPE
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: UW Bothell
Posting Date: 10/12/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Click here for updates

Work is ordinarily performed in an office environment but may be performed remotely depending on health and safety requirements under the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open Until Filled with the priority consideration deadline of November 15th, 2020.  

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothells current enrollment is approximately 5,500 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond.

Diversity is a core value of University of WA Bothell.  We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement.

The University of Washington Bothell has an outstanding job opportunity for Temporary Full Time Communications Director.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) is one of the nations leading sources for transformative, evidence-based ideas to improve education. To ensure all students are prepared for a rapidly changing future, we put forward rigorous research and policy analysis to help educators, policymakers, civic and community leaders, parents, and students themselves reimagine education systems and structures. We make sense of complex trends and data, communicate new possibilities for system change, and provide guidance and thought leadership to support that change. We pride ourselves on our ability to see around the corner, reach across traditional party and sector lines, and craft solutions to problems few have anticipated.

The Communications Director will expand the reach and impact of CRPEs work through strategic communications efforts. The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial and goal-oriented. The Communications Director must enjoy working in a fast-paced culture and be highly organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and adaptable to changing workloads and priorities. This position will report to CRPEs Director and oversee CRPEs communications team.


Maximize reach and impact of CPREs reports, briefs, and commentary by planning and executing creative dissemination strategies for CRPE products.
Manage the communications team to ensure efficiency and collaboration.
Lead media relations. Draft press releases and talking points about CRPEs work. Develop strong relationships with national media, key local contacts, and the education press. Provide media coaching to CRPE researchers and senior leaders.
Develop and leverage strategic partnerships to maximize opportunities for engagement, expand CRPEs reach, and target specific audiences.
Oversee CRPEs publications calendar and manage internal review process.

Minimum requirements:

Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, English, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or related field.
Minimum 4 years of professional experience in the communications and/or public relations field.
A demonstrated track record of successful development and implementation of marketing and communications strategies in the public, private, and/or nonprofit sector.
Proven ability to translate nuanced, balance research and ideas into accessible and engaging formats.
Ability to work with a diverse constituency.

Conditions of employment:

Ability to work evening and weekend hours as necessary on short or limited notice.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

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