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VICE PRES, PUBLIC AFFAIRS & GOVT REL
Job Title: VICE PRES, PUBLIC AFFAIRS & GOVT REL
Job Code: 2722
Job Level: 98
Revised Date: 01/01/2008
Job Family: JF 28
As a member of the Presidents senior leadership, the Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations serves as chief communications strategist, advancing and managing public affairs and government relations programs in support of the mission of Duke University with the goal of increasing visibility and understanding of the University's identity, locally, nationally and internationally.
Working closely and collaboratively with senior administrators, develop and implement a coordinated program of communications to project a coherent institutional identity and educate and inform key internal and external constituencies.
Lead and supervise a professional staff in public affairs and government relations.
Oversee the coordination of communications efforts by professional staff in the schools and other units of Duke University. Collaborate with the Chancellor of Health Affairs to coordinate Duke Medicine's public affairs and government relations with those of the university, and ensure that all are in support of the broader goals of the institution.
Advise the president, senior leadership, and board of trustees on matters related to Duke's public affairs and government relations.
Serve as chief university spokesperson and oversee the University's relationship with the media on-campus, locally, nationally and internationally. Develop programs and support for key administrators to help them deal effectively with the various communication media and expand the base of quality University spokespersons.
Provide leadership to enhance Duke's existing communications vehicles and develop further the use of digital communications throughout the university.
Oversee Duke's crisis communications.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred
Minimum of 15+ years related experience. Extensive experience in communications/public relations/government relations disciplines in complex organizations is expected, including advanced knowledge of the strategies and best practices for sophisticated and creative use of the Web and other forms of digital communications, plus an appreciation for academic culture and mission.
Outstanding communicator with the experience, stature, and presence to represent the University to all constituencies; who is strategic, creative, and able to work collegially with others, who has a track record of nurturing positive relationships with senior editors and reporters of news organizations, and who possesses a high degree of initiative and interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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